Measuring impact: A prospective evaluation of a mentoring scheme for aspiring clinical psychologists from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds

Aniekan-Abasi Matilda George , Josie F. A. Millar, Afsana Faheem

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Abstract

Mentoring schemes for aspiring BAME clinical psychologists, are being introduced in universities across the UK. The aim of this study was to conduct a mixed-methods prospective evaluation of the 2021/2022 mentoring scheme. Mentees (n = 8) and mentors (n = 20) completed an online questionnaire at the beginning (T1) and end (T2) of the 2021/2022 mentoring scheme. Quantitative data was analysed descriptively and using a mixed ANOVA. Content analysis was conducted on qualitative contributions. Mentees reported having the confidence and knowledge necessary to apply for the clinical psychology doctorate and assessments of mentoring skills were high. Participants provided their goals and expectations for the scheme, as well as constructive feedback. The findings suggest an overall modest, positive impact of the mentoring scheme. Wider implications include ensuring mentoring pairs establish regular contact and providing additional support for mentors to mitigate self-doubt.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-360
Number of pages17
JournalMentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning
Volume32
Issue number3
Early online date8 May 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 May 2024

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