Workshops for Mentors

Professional development for mentors is currently under review. To ask a question about any aspect of mentoring please email

MCPD logoIt's good ethical practice for mentors and coaches to engage with ongoing professional development. With input from the Think Ahead mentors across the University of Sheffield, a series of short, lunchtime workshops has been created that you can select any you like, to suit your schedule and interests. They have been developed to reflect common mentor requests and problems that have arisen.

These sessions are designed to be accessed after your initial practice development session (may be called the Induction sesson, Skills session, or Training session depending on which programme you are part of).

Mentoring provision for researchers and academics is currently under review. To ask a question about any aspect of mentoring please email Research Services Deputy Director

2018/2019 Workshop Sessions Delivery Details

++ Keeping the Mentoring Conversation Going ++ What do you do when your mentee goes silent? Perhaps you had one meeting and they never came back to you? Or maybe they seem to not know what to say in mentoring meetings? Are there long uncomfortable pauses that you end up filling? Or do you quickly run out of things to say to each other and struggle to fill the hour? This session will look at some of the reasons why these things happen, and what mentors can to do keep the conversation going.

++ Cognitive Behavioural Mentoring ++The 'Cognitive Behavioural' model is a form of mentoring / coaching which focuses on challenging errors in thinking by raising self-awareness of the mentee / coachee's thinking patterns. It helps the mentee to test out alternative ways of operating in the workplace and analyses the effects of these experiments on experience of work, problem solving, work relationships and well being.

++ Coaching Stressed People ++ Coaching and mentoring work can mean helping to support people in acutely stressful situations at work to manage their situation. This workshop explores how we as coaches can spot signs of stress, and looks at approaches to supporting people suffering stress, covering how we as coaches and mentors keep the relationship disciplined and boundaried, signposting to other sources of support where needed.

++ Solutions Focused Mentoring ++ in this session you will receive an introduction to 'Solutions Focused Mentoring' and learn how to help your mentee define their future possibilities, focusing on their strengths and capabilities to create the steps to achieve it. This technique can be particularly effective in changing the perspective of mentees who struggle to see beyond barriers or obstacles. There will also be time to practice having conversations using a solutions focused model of conversation.

Others in the Series - workshops scheduled in response to interest
++ Coaching through Change and Transitions ++ Coaching and mentoring are often used to support people through times of change and uncertainty. This session covers a practical model of change, that mentors can use.
++ Giving Feedback Mentoring Style ++ Giving feedback that helps people to learn, reflect and develop is a core mentorng skill. This session will cover some concepts that mentors can make use of in giving open feedback that helps mentees to critically self evaluate.
++ Using Personality Types with Mentees ++ Understanding more about the way we think and act, is at the centre of professional and career development. This can be useful for understanding work preferences, and working relationships...
++ Manager as Coach: using coaching skills with your own team ++ Managing is about telling, directing, authority, immediate needs, and a specific outcome. Coaching involves exploring, facilitating, partnership, long-term improvement, and many possible outcomes. So how can the two be reconciled?
++ Narrative Coaching ++ Narrative coaching focuses on understanding the stories that people surround themselves with about their role, relationships with other people, and the way the world works.
++ Coaching for Better Work Relationships ++ This session draws on Transactional Analysis and provides a framework for recognising when relationships are suck in a pattern. It will support understanding of dwhat makes some mentoring interactions feel easy and some more difficult.