249531 Developing opportunities for effective mentorship in academia and other public health settings

Monday, October 31, 2011

Portia Jackson, MPH , School of Public Health, Department of Health Services, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Jammie Hopkins , School of Public Health, Department of Health Services, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Equilibrium Dynamics (EQD) is a personal development approach that employs the basic dynamics and fundamental principles of emotions (emotional competence) to promote self-awareness, self-development, relationship building including effective communication, and self–responsibility with sound judgment in complex situations (Flowers, 2005). Equilibrium Dynamics and emotional competence have been utilized in the training and career development of high achieving students, educators, physicians and other medical professionals, graduate students, and executive professionals for over 15 years.

Effective mentoring relationships allow for discussion of the mentee's experiences, questions, and career objectives, and the mentor's expertise and guidance regarding opportunities for development (Casman, 2002; Setliff, Porter, Malison, Frederick, Balderson, 2003). Through these interactions, projects and responsibilities can be more effectively matched to strengths and interests, which may enhance job performance, satisfaction, and retention of incoming employees. Mentoring can provide opportunities for smooth knowledge transfer between experienced staff and new employees. Ultimately, mentoring can be used to promote diversity in the workforce and foster career development within your organization. Using principles of emotional competence, this session will explore the role that mentoring can play in 1) enhancing individual skill development, 2) fostering productive communication between leaders and incoming associates, 3) dealing effectively with diverse management and work styles, 4) encouraging a collaborative approach to achieving organizational objectives.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the role of management in establishing a mentoring program Identify the roles of experienced and emerging professionals in building a mentoring relationship Name three principles of effective mentorship Discuss how mentorship can be used to encourage career planning and skill development within your department or organization

Keywords: Leadership, Professional Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been trained as a coach in Equilibrium Dynamics. I have also administered and/or participated in mentoring programs in corporate, government, and academic settings
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.