Mentorship has been described as “that thing everyone wants but no one can explain exactly why.” It is much desired but often poorly understood. It’s common for people to have a vague understanding of what a mentorship relationship signifies, and to misuse the term when speaking about supervisory relationships. While all physiotherapy interns are required to have a supervisor while on the Provisional Register, a mentorship relationship is a voluntary one. While supervisors provide oversight to ensure that safe, high-quality care is provided to patients, a mentorship relationship is one in which an experienced professional supports the personal and professional learning, growth and advancement of a less experienced mentee. Mentorship is generally viewed as a long-term relationship that focuses on role modeling and guidance. There is no oversight function within a mentorship relationship.
Mentorship is traditionally a long-term relationship in which someone with more experience and wisdom (mentor) supports and encourages another (mentee/protégé) as that individual grows and develops professionally and personally.
Questions regarding supervision expectations are some of the most common questions posed to Physiotherapy Alberta. That’s not surprising given the range of supervision relationships physiotherapists may find themselves in, and the diverse training and experience those supervisors may encounter in their supervisor-supervisee relationships.
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