CONNECT (Mentorship) Module

CONNECT is a module that focuses on the foundational principles of mentoring.  It is available to Sport Scientist Canada members and provides knowledge and skills regarding three types of mentor support:

  1. Skills and knowledge support
  2. Career-related support
  3. Psychosocial and emotional support

The CONNECT module also plays a critical role in preparing sport scientists for participation in other programs such as: LEAD, WiSS, and Paralympic Practitioner Development initiatives.

What will I learn?

Through this module you will learn to provide newer sports science practitioners with your insider knowledge of the sport system. You will help them understand different roles and responsibilities in your profession, and you’ll help them build skills related to self and team leadership, conflict resolution and relationship management. Finally, you’ll be working to enhance your mentee’s sense of competence and identity through problem solving, counselling, friendship and acceptance and confirmation. 

Will there be any additional work in the module?

There will be opportunities for “pause and reflect” activities, and you will be encouraged to keep a record of your thoughts in a “Draft Mentorship Philosophy” document.

Your Draft Mentorship Philosophy will be critical if you choose to take part in a formal mentorship program like Women in Sport Science (WiSS) or the LEAD (Learn, Engage, Accelerate, Develop) program.

The Draft Mentorship Philosophy may also be a requirement to demonstrate your competency as part of the Canada Sport Scientist High Performance Certification and could be included as part of your HP professional development plan.

Modules can be taken at your own pace. 
Approximate time: 30 minutes
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“(Mentorship is) a relationship in which a person with useful experience, knowledge, skills, and/or wisdom offers advice, information, guidance, support, or opportunity to another for that individual’s professional development.”

Berk, R. A., Berg, J., Mortimer, R., Walton-Moss, B., & Yeo, T. P. (2005)