Mentee Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How do I become an AMTA Mentee?
It’s easy! All you have to do is perform a search for mentors based on location, skills, work setting and more. Once you feel you’ve found the appropriate mentor, e-mail him/her to see if he/she is available. If so, that’s it! If not, then perform the search again. You must be a massage therapy student or professional who has just entered the field. All participants must be AMTA members.
Is there a fee for joining the AMTA Mentoring Program?
No, this is an AMTA free member benefit!
What if I’m not comfortable with my proposed Mentor?
Please tell us! The purpose of your first meeting is to see whether the two of you are compatible - the match won’t be finalized until you have both approved it. Tell us frankly if things aren’t working the way you had hoped. If you haven’t talked directly with your Mentor about issues that are causing disagreement, do so. Often, it will be a question of miscommunication that can be cleared up through open conversation.
How long am I going to work with my Mentor?
That depends on you and your mentor. An important component of this program is to reach all your goals and objectives. Once those are completed, discuss this with your Mentor. Mentoring relationships are expected to last anywhere between six months to two years or longer.
How many Mentors/Mentees can be involved in the AMTA Mentoring Program?
There is no limit.
What will my mentor do for me?
It is up to the mentee to take the initiative and make the AMTA Mentoring Program a successful experience. Mentors offer information, support, feedback, contacts and ideas. However, the mentee has to take it from there.
Are mentoring discussions confidential?
In order to foster open and honest communication, the mentor and the mentee must be able to trust that each other will not disclose their discussions with others. Therefore, communication between the mentor and mentee will be kept confidential.
What types of things should I ask my mentor?
The types of questions asked vary and there are no right or wrong questions to ask. When you talk to your Mentor, ground rules should be set so that each individual in the relationship is comfortable sharing information. As a general rule of thumb, if you are not comfortable asking a question or sharing certain information, then don't share it. As you develop a relationship with your mentor and the comfort level increases, you will eventually feel comfortable discussing issues that at first you might see as inappropriate.
Is my mentor available any time day or night?
Your mentor's availability and the best times and methods of getting in touch with him/her are items to discuss during your first meetings. You and your mentor should share your communication styles and specifications to ensure you have the best communication possible and set expectations in that area of your relationship.
Are there certain things that I should or shouldn't do as a Mentee?
Always be open, honest, and respectful with your mentor and about the relationship and work you are doing together.
Who can I go to if I have questions about the effectiveness of my Mentor or the program?
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email Mentoring@amtamassage.org