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).

Mentoring:

  • 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

Mentoring:

  • 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

References:

  • 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 Practice18(1), 25-33.
  • Western, S. (2012). Coaching and mentoring: A critical text. Sage.