Establishing group dynamics and laying the ground rules are perhaps two of the most important steps to launch a successful mentor training program. Once established, these parameters help ensure mentors engage in shared learning of ways to become more effective mentors.

Learning Objectives for the Introduction

  1. Learn about other mentors in the group and begin building a learning community
  2. Reflect on group dynamics and ways to make the group functional
  3. Establish ground rules for participation

Readings/Activities to complete before the session
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  1. Write a brief mentoring philosophy. See this handout for guidance.
  2. Read the Constructive and Destructive Behaviors hand out