Mentoring Partnership Program:
Program Manual and Mentor Training Workbook
A growing body of literature validates the benefits of peer support for families facing medical crises; however, no such model for individuals with TBI or their families has previously been implemented. We at Mount Sinai have created a mentoring program for individuals with TBI and their families within New York State and provided assistance to the New Jersey Brain Injury Association as well as to other groups to develop similar programs. Many of these programs have been evaluated, showing the benefits to participants in mentoring.
In a Mentoring Partnership Program, individuals with TBI or family members who are veterans of the experience of TBI (i.e., mentors) are trained and then matched with individuals with TBI or their family members who are new to the challenges of TBI (i.e., partners), to provide information and counsel, largely by phone.
The first of these two publications introduces the concept, workings, development and evaluation of a mentoring partnership program. The Program Manual is based on the experience of creating such programs in New York and in New Jersey, and on the desire to provide resources that others need to create similar programs in their own region of the country. Its companion volume provides materials used by individuals being trained by a Mentoring Partnership Program to provide peer mentoring.
Program Manual [PDF]
Mentor Training Workbook [PDF]