The EDQ Mentoring Program supports people who are recovering from eating issues by partnering mentees with mentors who have recovered from an eating issue.
Successful mentoring requires thorough training through our program and a commitment to regular mentoring contact agreed to by mentor and mentee for a six-month period.
The design and structure of the Peer Mentor program is based on best practice national and international standards from other mentoring programs. Data and feedback from the program undergo ongoing evaluation to improve the program and the experiences of participants.
What is involved in the Eating Disorder Mentoring Training?
Mentor training covers Mentoring best practice, Recovery principles, Personal Boundaries, Expectations, Crisis response, Meal support and links mentors with support resources and the Eating Issues Centre team.
Following the training all mentors will be linked with a senior mentor who has also completed the mentor program. There will be an opportunity to join a private Facebook group and to participate in peer group forums.
Mentors will also have several opportunities to connect socially throughout the 6 month program.
- Evening or Half Day Session (3 hours) Introduction to Mentoring
- Full Day Session (7.5 hours) Mentoring Skills Development
- Evening or half day Session (3 hours) Meal Support (Usually a 1-2 weeks after the Meet & Greet)
How often do mentors & mentees meet?
It is recommended that you have contact weekly to fortnightly.
While face to face contact is preferred it is also possible to utilise other mediums such as phone, email and MSN between face to face contact. Both mentors & mentees will also meet as a group 3 times throughout the 6 month program.
The initial Meet & Greet will be an opportunity to meet your mentee/mentor and to meet your cohort. Once you have met your mentor/mentee you will have the opportunity to complete a Contact Agreement outlining the type, location and frequency of contact.
The Mid Point Review will be an opportunity to consider achievements and explore any challenges arising.
The Final Celebration a chance to reflect on the program and the journey of the past 6 months.
Is the EDQ Peer Mentor program compatible
with other forms of therapy?
Yes. This program is not designed to replace therapeutic support but to offer an additional support for people between contact with professional medical and mental health support.
This program is not intended to meet every need of each person living with eating issues. Rather, it offers a unique opportunity to develop a supportive relationship that can be found through contact with someone who has lived through EI’s and experienced recovery.
The mentor is not an expert on recovery and will not tell you what to do. They may be able to share some of what has worked for them in similar situations. The mentor / mentee relationship is intended to be limited to 6 months, if both parties wish to extend the relationship beyond this time period this will be a matter for them to negotiate.
Where to from here?
All interested mentees will go through our general intake process. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee and would like more information, please contact us via phone, web inquiry or email.
Interested mentors are invited to complete and submit our online mentor registration form.
If you have any further questions, particularly if you are unsure about whether you are the right person for this program, please contact us.