What is a Mentor/Supervisor?
Mentor/supervisors take responsibility for guiding suitable candidates through the training process required of CAPFs, CPTs, and PTRs.
- Acting as a role model of a competent and ethical poetry therapy practitioner
- Being fully familiar with the protocols of poetry therapy training as explained in the Guide to Training Requirements.
- Meeting all training, renewal and continuing education requirements for mentor/supervisors
- Interviewing and selecting suitable candidates
- Receiving, reviewing and submitting to the Credentials Committee the trainee’s completed training application and application for credentials
- Designing appropriate training programs, including didactic, fieldwork, supervision, and peer poetry therapy experience components
- Requiring timely and ongoing documentation of learning consistent with Federation standards
- Supervising and evaluating trainee’s progress via timely oral and written feedback.
- Keeping accurate records.
As an adult learner the trainee is expected to take responsibility for his/her program. Trainee responsibilities include:
- Reading and adhering to requirements as stated in the current edition of the Guide to Training Requirements.
- Selecting a mentor/supervisor and maintaining a good working relationship.
- Submitting to the mentor/supervisor (who forwards it to the Credentials Committee) a complete application for training, which includes a signed letter of intent and training plan, along with required fee and all required attachments.
- Completing and documenting all assigned training work.
- Following the guidance and direction of the mentor/supervisor.
- Submitting to the mentor/supervisor (who forwards it to the Credentials Committee) a complete application for certification/registration.
Ultimately the Federation, not the mentor/supervisor, grants certification or registration.
If the learner believes the mentor/supervisor is in ethical violation, the learner is requested to bring this to the attention of the Federation.
In 1991, the education committee of the National Association for Poetry Therapy began formally designating a group of mentor/supervisors as trainers of others.
The listing of mentor/supervisors is periodically updated. Current mentor/supervisors are undergoing fulfillment of renewal requirements. New applications to become a mentor/supervisor will be taken after July 1, 2007. The current mentor/supervisors:
- Received CPT or PTR at least two years prior.
- Attested that he/she is free of the following adverse actions: denial, loss, suspension, or request to surrender a professional license; ejection or suspension from a school or professional society; conviction of a felony; physical and/or mental impairment, including substance abuse, that could affect professional
- Pledged adherence to the IFBPT Code of Ethics. Mentor/supervisors will not engage in dual relationships with trainees.
- Provided–at the time of original designation–letters of professional recommendation.