Therapeutic Mentoring

The Center team partnered with an expert in therapeutic mentoring, Josephine Cardona, MA, to develop and teach a 16-hour course. The course is offered for CEU’s and course credit through University of Massachusetts Boston’s Continuing and Professional Studies.

Course description

The Science

This course is taught by the pioneer in therapeutic mentoring, Josephine Cardona, MA along with school psychologist and clinical psychologist, Kathryn Kurtz, PhD, Alexandra Werntz, PhD. Based on the standards set forth by the State of Massachusetts for the certification of therapeutic mentors. Youth mentors can play a critical therapeutic role in the lives of youth. There is a need for building competencies of mentors in the areas of mental health theory, research, and practice to ensure youth have access to high quality, strengths-based, culturally responsive, and effective mentors. We plan to apply to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health with the goal of becoming a board-approved CHW training program. As of now, we have not yet received approval for this course to be a board-approved CHW training program. For more information about the CHW application, see:

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the history and context of therapeutic mentoring
  • Learn basic core competencies of therapeutic mentoring paraprofessional mental health care
  • Learn best practice in mentoring for mental health promotion and treatment.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Therapeutic Mentoring
  • History and research related to mentoring
  • Supportive accountability mentoring

Reviews of the course

I really enjoyed the course! The best part for me was hearing the other great work that is being done in mentoring. The break out rooms were very engaging.

I liked listening and learning to some very intelligent, hard-working, real, people speak.

The history of mentoring lecture and research on strategies and new technologies were very good. I enjoyed hearing ideas from actual mentors.

Interested in contracting with our team to learn more about therapeutic mentoring? Contact us.