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Foundational Specialist Mentoring

Purpose of this course FSM
FREE Introduction to Foundational Specialist Mentoring

Course Description

This course will broaden your knowledge and awareness of mental health and social issues so you can better understand the key issues facing marginalised individuals in your church and community. Drawing upon effective mentoring and coaching techniques, this course will equip you with the practical tools you need to be able to strengthen discipleship relationships and cultivate effective and trusting connections with your mentees - ultimately improving the longer-term opportunities for marginalised people. 


Mentoring is needed now more than ever. In this time where poverty and mental health has surged, at-risk individuals suffer from a lack of emotional and relational support. This leaves them even more vulnerable to adverse issues including abuse, addiction, homelessness and exploitation.  

8 Training videos / 156 minutes total

3 Reconstruction videos / 21 minutes

7 Participant guides + Glossary

Watch training videos at your own pace

Access to Online forum

Individual and group purchase packages
(or register offer code)

Mentors can play a valuable role in the lives of vulnerable people. This course will support you to create safe and trusting relationships based on our hope in the Gospel: to become a positive support and role model for mentees, empowering them to realise and achieve their potentials so they can go on to bring about change in their lives.

Individual and group purchase packages (or register offer code):

  • 1 Participant - £59

  • 3 Participants - £169 (£56.33 per person)

  • 6 Participants - £329 (£54.83 per person)

  • 10 Participants - £529 (£52.90 per person)

For more than 10 Participants please call: 02071 128341 or email:

Learning Objectives

On completion of this course, each participant will have explored: 

  • An introduction to mentoring including a review of example definitions of mentoring and guidance for how to create a definition of mentoring for your own community programme. 

  • An exercise for carrying out an initial community analysis. 

  • The various characteristics of a mentor, in particular the skills and qualities that make an effective mentor. 

  • Verbal and non-verbal communication skills. 

  • An introduction to reflective practice. 

  • Criteria to consider when matching mentors and mentees. 

  • Preparation, initiation, growth, and redefinition as the four stages of a mentoring relationship. 

  • Effective uses of building trust at the initial stage of a mentoring relationship. 

  • 12 approaches to building trust in a mentoring relationship, including a review of the relational competencies of credibility, reliability, intimacy, self-orientation. 

Training Videos

Introduction to Mentoring


Initiating a Mentoring Relationship 


Building Trusting relationships Parts 1+2


Qualities and Skills of a Mentor Parts 1+2


Stages in the Mentoring Relationship Parts 1+2

Reconstruction video 1

Introductory meeting between Programme Manager, Mentor and Mentee 

Reconstruction video 2

First mentor and mentee meeting 

Reconstruction video 3

Initial needs assessment 

Participant Guides
(Available to download upon purchase of this course)

Introduction to Mentoring

- Five definitions of Mentoring

- Creating your own definition of Mentoring

- Initial Community Analysis

Initiating a Mentoring Relationship 

- Initiating Mentoring Relationship

- The Behavioural and Relational Approaches

- Childhood Wounds

- Mentor-Mentee Matching

- Three Key Pieces of Advice

- Naturally Occurring Mentoring Relationships

Building trusting relationships Part 1+2

- Case Study Review

- 12 Qualities of a Trustworthy Mentor

- The Trust Equation

- Building Intimacy

Qualities and Skills of a Mentor Part 1+2

- Definition of Qualities & Skills of a Mentor

- Qualities / Characteristics

- My personal development

- Self-Awareness

- All about me

- Stereotypes & Unconscious Bias

- Am I ready?

- Mentor Support Structure

- Do I have what it takes?

Stages in the Mentoring Relationship Part 1+2

- The First Meeting

- Mentoring Agreement

- Navigating a Mentoring Session

- Boundaries

Glossary of key terms


Who are the courses for? 

Course participants of our Specialist Mentoring Training Series represent diverse backgrounds and ministry goals - they are volunteers, mentors in training, church youth workers, project managers, NGO field practitioners, youth leaders, Pastors, short-term and long-term missionaries, school teachers and more. 

How much learning time is required from me? 
This course will take approximately 16 hours to complete.  


How long will I have to compete the course? 
You can complete the course at your own pace, as long as you complete it within one year of purchase. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate.  


What methods of learning are used? 
The course consists of 8 online training videos, 3 reconstruction videos and participant guides with associated resources and activities for you to work through and complete. You will also be invited to attend optional online and in-house group workshops to further your learning. 

How will I be examined? 
To complete this course, you are advised to watch the training videos and complete the participant guides in the recommended order that is outlined within the guides. At the end of the training, you will be asked to complete a multiple-choice assessment, of which you would be required to achieve 70% in order to pass successfully and obtain your certificate. If you were to be unsuccessful, you would be offered the opportunity to retake. 

Who is the course led by? 
The course is led by our CEO, Jonnie Welford; our Latin America Training Manager, Kim Welford; and our Delivery and Development Manager, Sophia Lipska. You can read more about their backgrounds on our 'About' page.

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