According to the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation (2019), mentoring can be defined as a time limited and goal orientated relationship that supports personal, vocational learning and development. In the mentoring context, an experienced person provides, within a trusting atmosphere, guidance which is non-judgemental and support to another person using a variety of methods such as role modelling, guidance and problem solving (Western, 2012; Milton, 2017).
- is delivered by a Mentor who is Neurodivergent or also on the Autism Spectrum
- is framed by an understanding that it will occur on a regular basis for a particular period of time
- is particularly suited to work with other professionals as part of a Team to support the mentees mental wellbeing and employment
- works with mentees to form an alliance and potentially common goals
- focuses on evolving and manifesting potential
- emphasises the present and immediate future
- is goal and solution orientated
- may use coaching skills to provide accountability
- can occur online, over the phone or in a public place
- is supported by a Supervision and Continuing Professional Development structure for the Mentor
- is not a friendship
- is not a form of counselling or therapy
- is not crisis intervention
- does not diagnose or treat
- is not a replacement for professional diagnosis, medication or therapy
- focus on the past
- take place in the mentor or mentee’s home
- Mentoring and Befriending Foundation (2019), available at: https://www.mandbf.org.uk/faqs/#c481 (accessed 8th February 2019)
- Milton, D., Sims, T., Dawkins, G., Martin, N., & Mills, R. (2017). The development and evaluation of a mentor training programme for those working with autistic adults. Good Autism Practice, 18(1), 25-33.
- Western, S. (2012). Coaching and mentoring: A critical text. Sage.