Process to Become Certified as an Incredible Years Mentor
Certified/accredited Group Leaders are eligible to be invited to receive additional training to become an Incredible Years Certified Mentor of group leaders. Becoming a Certified Mentor permits the person to offer authorized training to other group leaders in their own agency and to provide mentoring and supervision of their groups and/or videotape of groups.
Mentors work closely with the Incredible Years Trainers, use the most current materials and training protocols, and complete workshop checklists and evaluations of the trainings they have led. After each training the Group Leader conducts they will register the training participants names and provide Incredible Years with copies of participant evaluations.
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Becoming a certified mentor permits you to:
As a Certified Mentor you will work closely with the Incredible Years trainers using updated materials, training protocols, completing workshop checklists, and evaluations. After you have conducted a training you will register the names of participants who attended the training and provide Incredible Years with evaluations.
Prerequisites to be Eligible for Certification
STEP 1 Attend one or more workshops as an "observer" (may be a mentor-led workshop), at which you may be asked to take on small participatory roles. Observing multiple trainers or mentors is encouraged. You will follow the workshop protocols and study the trainer's leadership style.
STEP 2 Attend a workshop and participate as a co-trainer (this may only be with a certified trainer). At this workshop you will take on more leadership and co-training. You will work with the trainer to determine which parts of the protocol you will present on the second and third day. Your trainer will give you feedback verbally or videotape portions of your workshop for later feedback and review.
STEP 3 After the participatory workshop with a trainer, a decision will made to either co-train with a trainer at a third workshop, or you will be passed to the next step of a solo training.
STEP 4 Offer a workshop solo in your agency/district. Videotape small segments (no more than 1 hour) of the workshop to be sent to Incredible Years for review and feedback (see the video tips box at right). Submit tallied workshop evaluations and attendance lists upon completion of the workshop to Incredible Years.
STEP 5 Observe a certified/accredited mentor doing supervision with group leaders. If feasible, co-lead mentor led supervision.
STEP 6 Obtain evaluations from all group leaders mentored regarding the training, supervision and support they received.
STEP 7 Throughout these steps attend at least one mentor-training consultation which focuses on peer and videotape review of group leader sessions.
Undertaking the mentor training process does not ensure your automatic acceptance as mentor.
The Mentor Training
This training grants a provisional certification as a mentor and is taught by an Incredible Years Trainer.
The mentor training includes:
Mentor Training Checklist for Trainer
Certified Mentor - Ongoing Requirements
It is expected that Certified Mentors will have ongoing groups in order to provide a bank of material to refer to when training and to provide co-leader group experiences for new Group Leaders in training.
Prior to offering a workshop a mentor will do the following:
Within 2 weeks of completing a workshop, a mentor will send to the Incredible Years:
Mentor will also:
Fee for Services
Most mentors will not receive a fee for their training and mentoring as this will be part of their job description within their agency. Ideally their salary will reflect this expanded supervisory role. However, mentors who are not attached to an agency may charge a fee for offering workshops in their assigned district which will cover individual site costs for renting rooms, cost of food, equipment etc. and reasonable compensation for the mentor's time in presenting the training. Recommendations for average mentor rate can be obtained from the Incredible Years office.
Fees to Incredible Years
Mentor will pay Incredible Years a fee of $25 per workshop registrant. For this fee Incredible Years agrees to:
Provide master copies of updated materials, a training tape and PowerPoint slides.
Provide intellectual rights for mentor to copy materials for workshops.
Provide certificates of attendance for participants.
Web posting of workshop and approval to advertise as "authorized" workshop.
Registration of workshop participants - upon completion - with Incredible Years as having completed an "authorized" workshop.
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