Goals of the CI Mentoring Internship Program

The CI Mentoring Internship is designed to enhance the CI Intern’s skills in Mentoring CI Participants and CI Practitioners, to increase their competency in the Compassionate Inquiry approach, and to support their personal and professional goals. 

Those who complete the CI Mentoring Internship may qualify as a private CI Mentor, may be invited to join the CI Mentorship Team, or may be invited to act as a CI Certification Reviewer.

To qualify for the CI Mentor Training you must: 

  • be a practitioner in good standing with your regulatory body
  • be certified as a CI Practitioner
  • adhere to the Code of Ethics of CI Practitioners 
  • have completed the 5-month CI Mentorship Program
  • have completed the year-long CI Internship Program
  • be in the process of taking and/or have taken a professional supervision course that is approved by CI Inc.
  • have liability insurance to practice CI unless it is unavailable in your country

Please note that completion of the CI Mentoring Internship does not guarantee a position as a CI Mentor or Certification Reviewer with CI Inc. However, if by the end of the Mentor Training you are approved/certified as a CI Mentor, you will be qualified to: 

  • provide CI Mentoring in your private practice to current course participants or to those looking for supervision after they have completed the online training
  • be listed on the CI Website as an approved private CI Mentor

About the CI Mentoring Internship 

The Mentoring Intern is actively engaged in the 5-Month CI Mentorship Program, by observing and assessing 2 group mentoring sessions per month, and by contributing research articles to the CI Mentorship Library of resources, based on monthly themes pertinent to mentoring and supervision.

The training participant, referred to as a Mentoring Intern, is mentored by experienced Mentors in the Mentorship Program. The Mentor Training Team draws from expertise and knowledge across various disciplines, their work and experience in CI, and from professional supervision training, which follows current trends in facilitation and knowledge transfer.


Training Structure 

There are 8 parts to the CI Mentoring Internship:

COMPONENTHOURS PER MONTHTOTAL HOURS
1Monthly Online Classes210
2CI Session Videos to Review for Mentoring Interns15
3Observation and assessment of Group Mentoring Sessions (2 hrs each, 2 per month)420
4Research during the CI Mentor Training includes reading several assigned articles per month pertaining to mentorship/supervision, as well as selecting one current article to consider adding to the existing articles of best practices of mentorship/supervision in our Mentorship Library15
5Peer Mentoring Support Sessions (2 per month;     2 hrs each + 1 hr per month for written feedback)525
6Optional Practice Mentoring Sessions with CI Level 2 and/or Level 3 Participantsyour choice
7Personal Mentoring Intern Review in Month 3 of the Mentoring Internship (Private Session)11
8Exit Mentoring Intern Review in Month 5 of the Mentoring Internship (Private Session)11
Total Hours15+67+

Monthly Online Classes 

  • Training Classes are held online for 2 hours per month throughout the 5-month Mentorship Program (5 classes in total) and are led by Sat Dharam, Michelle, and Stephen – Mentors from the CI Mentor Training Team
  • Classes include didactic and experiential learning, exploring themes related to CI Mentoring, drawing on best practices and current trends in supervision and research 
  • Two Video submissions recorded in gallery view of Mentoring Sessions by Mentoring Interns will be reviewed during each class with opportunities to engage in a lively discussion 
  • The Mentoring Intern whose session is being reviewed submits questions and time codes regarding their video to allocate areas of focus for the review
  • One video of a Course Participant seeking certification will be reviewed by the group, and critiqued together. Mentoring Interns will pre-watch this video and submit their critique to their Mentoring Intern Folder before the Monthly Online Class.
  • These sessions will be recorded and the recordings will be made available to current and future Mentoring Interns. Please fill out the consent form here if your video is being reviewed, and request your client to do the same.
  • The Dates for the 5 Monthly Classes are Mondays, Sept 27, Oct 25, Nov 29, Dec 20, 2021, and Jan 31, 2022. The time will be 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. ET (Toronto time)

Homework – Video Reviews (5 in total)

  1. The Mentoring Intern receives access to a previously recorded CI session between a practitioner and client (client consent in all videos was granted), and the Mentoring Intern reviews the video. (5 videos are to be reviewed throughout the 5-month program; one per month)
  2. The Mentoring Intern provides a written synopsis of the recorded CI session (5 in total), including notations regarding how they might provide mentoring feedback to support the practitioner’s learning and enhance skill 
  3. A written synopsis of the video being reviewed is submitted by the Mentoring Intern in their Mentoring Intern Folder and the synopsis is assessed by the Mentor Training Team during the Monthly Online Class
  4. The Mentoring Intern will receive thoughtful, supportive, and informative feedback designed to enhance the quality of the Mentoring Intern’s feedback; also to enhance the Mentoring Intern’s embodiment of CI Qualities, Skills, and Stepping Stones as a mentor.  
  5. The pace of the program involves reviewing one video per month and creating a synopsis for each, submitting the synopsis to your Mentoring Intern Folder once per month.

Group Mentoring Sessions (10 in total)

The Mentoring Intern attends, as a silent witness/observer, 2 group mentoring sessions per month throughout the September or March Mentorship Program, between CI Mentors and Mentees. The Mentoring Intern attends 10 sessions in total. The sessions include the Group Mentor, Triad or Dyad, and 1-2 Mentoring Interns.

Following each session, the Mentoring Intern responds in writing to a unique set of questions, which they receive ahead of time. These questions are informed by current supervision trends and resources. This is to support the following: 

  • Help the Mentoring Intern to formulate their synopsis of the group mentoring session that they observed 
  • Support the Mentoring Intern to integrate themes from monthly classes into their learning
  • Enhance the capacity to mentor  
  • Support continuing education
  • The written responses to their questions are stored in their Mentoring Intern Folder and shared with the Group Mentor afterward, highlighting what the Mentoring Intern observed. This creates a feedback loop that also serves the Group Mentor, advancing the depth of the program and the skill of the Mentors each year.

Peer Mentoring Support Sessions (10 in total)

  • Meet with another peer Mentoring Intern twice a month
  • Mentoring Interns provide mentoring to each other (one hour each, so 2 hrs as a dyad, twice-monthly = 20 hrs total)
  • Mentoring Intern reviews a live session or a 20 min recording of their peer doing CI with a client (client consent is required – consent form) and writes up a critique, following the guidelines provided
  • After viewing the recording, Mentoring Intern meets with peer and provides supportive, professional, and compassionate feedback, as though the peer was a Mentee – this is recorded 
  • Then they switch roles for the next hour and record the session
  • Mentoring Interns will work with a new peer for each peer support session and are pre-assigned by the Mentor Training Team for ease of organizing 
  • Mentoring Intern Peers set their monthly schedule
  • Peer completes the Mentoring Session Feedback Form immediately after the Mentoring Session
  • A recording of their choice is brought to one of the Monthly Online Classes for review. Each mentoring intern has an opportunity to showcase one of their Mentoring Session videos recorded in the gallery view and receive supportive feedback from a member of the Mentor Training Team in the Monthly Online Class, over the 5 month period. These sessions will be recorded and the recordings will be made available to current and future Mentoring Interns. Please fill out the consent form here.

Optional Practice Mentoring Sessions with CI Level 2 and/or Level 3 Participants

  • The Mentoring Intern is invited to Mentor a Level 2 or Level 3 Participant who brings a video to the Mentor to be reviewed. Written consent must be obtained by both the ‘therapist’ as well as the ‘client’ for the video review using the consent form 
  • The Mentoring Intern records the session of themselves reviewing the participant’s CI session with their client in gallery view
  • The CI Participant completes the Mentoring Session Feedback Form immediately after the Mentoring Session 
  • This recording of the Mentoring Session can be reviewed in one of 3 ways.            

1) It can be brought to one of the Monthly Online Classes to be reviewed             

2) It can be reviewed in a Personal Mentoring Intern Review in Month 3 of the Mentoring Internship                                                                                                               

3) It can be submitted as the final exit video to determine if the Mentoring Intern is ready to qualify as a CI Mentor.

Personal Mentoring Review in Month 3 of the Mentoring Internship 

  • In month 3 of the program, you will schedule a personal mentoring review of one of your mentoring videos with a designated CI Mentor
  • the CI Mentor will provide feedback and areas to focus on in preparation for your exit video interview

Exit Mentoring Review in Month 5 of the Mentoring Internship

  • In month 5 of the program, you will schedule an exit mentoring review of one of your mentoring videos with a designated CI Mentor
  • The Mentoring Internship team along with the mentor who reviews your exit mentoring video will determine whether you qualify as a CI Mentor
  • Once you qualify as a CI Mentor, your name will be added to the website in this category, and you can offer private mentoring for CI participants or graduates of the program
  • You may also apply to be part of the CI Mentorship Team or a Certification Reviewer, once positions become available

Certification as a CI Mentor

To apply to become an approved/certified CI Mentor, the Mentoring Intern must have the following: 

  • CI Mentoring Internship Certificate of Completion  
  • be a CI Practitioner in good standing (with CI and your regulatory body)
  • completion of a professional supervision course that is approved by CI Inc.
  • have liability insurance to practice CI unless it is unavailable in your country

CI may be looking for candidates to be Mentors in the CI Mentorship Program and Certification Reviewers as early as March 2022. If you are interested then you may submit a CI Mentor application in the last month of your CI Mentor Training. 

  • by January 20, 2022 – submit a video of you providing mentorship in gallery view 
  • by January 20, 2022 – submit a written synopsis to accompany the video of you providing mentorship, highlighting your approach
  • a member of the CI Mentor Training Team will review
  • possibilities for you if approved/certified as a CI Mentor:
  • be a CI Mentor in annual enrollments of the CI Mentorship Program, March and September (if a position is available)
  • become a member of the Certification Review Team (if a position is available)
  • be a private CI Mentor and have your name and private practice listed on the CI Website as a qualified private CI Mentor (this will be available)

If approved as a CI Mentor you will receive a certificate of training completion and CI Mentor Certificate, and can apply for available positions as a CI Mentor or CI Certification Reviewer. You will be listed on the CI Website as a private CI Mentor.

CI Mentor Training Application Process & Tuition

The CI Mentor Training begins on September 15 and on March 15 annually. Applications are due by August 15 or February 15, depending on which program is selected. If approved for the training, you will be notified by August 21 or February 21. Payment due dates are August 25 or February 25.

The cost of the CI Mentor Training and video submission to become approved/certified as a CI Mentor is $1200.00 CAD. (cost subject to change)

Should you be interested in this offering we look forward to receiving your application, through this link

Warmly,

The Internship & Mentorship Training Team