MSTG Mentorship

We are delighted with your interest in Sandplay and MSTG is offering mentorship opportunities. As a Sandplay group, we have come to appreciate the connections we have with other Sandplayers, and how helpful it is to have someone we get to know, whom we can call with questions, chew over challenges in our work, or just get some support from. So we would like to offer a chance to connect with a Sandplayer who has been around for a while and have that person mentor in whatever ways the two of you decide would be most helpful. All MSTG Sandplayers and friends are encouraged to participate in the MSTG mentorship opportunities. For interested sandplayers, mentorship creates a platform for networking and gaining valuable knowledge. For mentors, it gives the chance to connect back by supporting current sandplayers in a unique and rewarding way. This mentoring opportunity is sustained by MSTG folks who volunteer their time to share and provide support while mentees work toward their individual goals. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee and would like to participate in the MSTG mentorship opportunities, please contact kruse.justin@gmail.com. Additional questions or concerns can be directed to kruse.justin@gmail.com

Expectations for Mentors and Mentees

Both individuals can benefit from personal growth, unique learning opportunities, and expanded networks. 

Expectations for mentors

  • Mentor agrees that he/she has not provided therapy to mentee in the past and agrees to not provide therapy to the mentee in the future
  • State clearly your time availability
  • Meet as often as your schedules permit with a minimum of one contact per month.
  • Establish method of contact: Phone, Skype, Face-to-Face
  • Establish and review confidentiality and adhere to the Code of Ethics of your license and credentials
  • Ensure that no case material is disclosed by Mentor or Mentee and that interaction involves mentoring not case consultation or supervision  
  • Provide help by answering questions. Serve as a learning broker, and be a sounding board for issues relating to the mentee's Sandplay experiences, goals and development. Talk about skills mentee could acquire to add value.
  • Provide suggestions and advice on goals and activities that might lead to continued Sandplay education and growth. Share stories about how others made their way in the profession that might be relevant to the mentee.
  • Give feedback and provide opportunities for creative development and process evaluation to help the mentee gain confidence and/or presentation skills.
  • Be a catalyst for mentee developing his/her own network. Point to others he/she might reach out to and engage within the mentees areas of interest.
  • Keep any commitments made or communicate in a timely manner if you need to re-schedule.
  • Keep confidences with mentee.
  • Work out right away any minor concerns about the relationship.
  • Evaluate the relationship at various points.
  • Communicate the duration of time you're available to mentor (one month, one semester, one school year)

Expectations for mentees

  • Mentee agrees that he/she has not received therapy from the mentor in the past and agrees to not seek therapy with the mentor in the future
  • Communicate clearly and professionally in a timely manner.
  • Meet as often as your schedules permit with a minimum of one contact per month. 
  • Establish method of contact: Phone, Skype, Face-to-Face, etc.
  • Establish and review confidentiality and adhere to the Code of Ethics of your license and credentials
  • Ensure that no case material is disclosed by Mentor or Mentee and that interaction involves mentoring not case consultation or supervision  
  • Take initiative to drive the relationship and be responsible for your own Sandplay development and planning. Ask questions.
  • Ask for suggestions and advice early in the relationship. When advice is given, listen to the mentor, be willing to apply at least some of their ideas, and let him or her know the results.
  • Invite feedback and be open to discussions and constructive criticism.
  • Elicit Mentor's advice on developing other informal mentoring relationships.
  • Keep any commitments made.
  • Keep confidences with mentor.
  • Work out any minor concerns about the relationship.
  • Evaluate the relationship at various points

Current Mentors

*List of Mentors to be added soon.