Upcoming and Ongoing Training for Mentoring Programs

Maryland MENTOR offers free trainings to everyone interested to help elevate the mentoring field. We feel when mentoring programs are prepared our youth receive the best relationships possible.

How to Create Healthy Closure in your Mentoring Program

Facilitate bringing the match to closure in a way that affirms the contributions of the mentor and mentee, and offers them the opportunity to prepare for the closure and assess the experience. Mentoring relationships that end prematurely may lead to particularly negative consequences for mentees, including declines in indicators of youth functioning, such as self-worth or their self-confidence in their school work. With program support and proper notice of the timing of and reasons for closure, mentees and other members of the match may fare better in coping with the loss of the mentoring relationship.

Audience:  Mentors, mentoring professionals, and youth-serving professionals

Friday, August 7, 2020 | 3:00PM-4:30PM | Webinar

Intro to Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a therapeutic approach to promoting behavior change with multiple techniques that focus on increasing individuals’ motivation for behavior change, usually through one-on-one patient-practitioner sessions. This is normally a 2-day training, however, this session will be an introduction and we will provide resources to full time training and certifications. Certificates will not be given with this training. MI aims to generate a client’s own reason for change rather than just provide information about change. The techniques of expressing empathy, rolling with resistance, and promoting client autonomy require the practitioner adopt appropriate language and use a reflective, non-confrontational, non-judgmental, and supportive style to encourage the client to openly explore behavior change options.

Audience: Mentors, mentoring professionals, and youth-serving professionals

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 | 11:00AM-12:30PM | Baltimore, MD

If you are interested in holding a training, have a topic you would like us to cover, or in having a representative of Maryland MENTOR come and speak at an event, please email