Gentle Mentoring

Wed, Nov 8th
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Macomb Oakland Regional Center
1270 Doris Rd
Auburn Hills
MI 48326

Participants knowledgeable about a Culture of Gentleness will learn how and when to mentor other, including co-workers, supervisees, direct care staff, and families.  They will learn if they are ready to mentor, the responsibilities of mentoring and how to identify their own vulnerabilities, those of the staff and the person with whom they work.  This applies to those who support children, people who are emotionally fragile, have experienced trauma, present challenges to the mental health system, or are otherwise marginalized.  Participants will:

  • Learn if they are ready to mentor.
  • Learn the responsibilities of being a mentor.
  • Learn the importance of identifying their own vulnerabilities, those of the mentee, and of the person served.
  • Learn which methods are most effective.

The presenter is Chris Hench.  Chris is the mother of two adult children, one of whom experiences developmental disabilities and one of whom is Deaf.  She has spent her entire adult life working in the field of disability.  She has an MSW from the University of Michigan.  She worked at a provider organization for people who experience developmental disabilities for over 30 years.   During that time, she facilitated many trainings on various aspects of caregiving, disability and Deafness.  Upon retirement, Chris came to the Center for Positive Living Supports part-time to facilitate the Culture of Gentleness Practicum and the Providers’ Culture of Gentleness Workgroup.  Her favorite part of being a trainer is connecting with the many wonderful caregivers who are the backbone of Michigan’s support system for people with disabilities.

This training can be attended in person or via webinar.  Deaf Interpreter is available via webcam.  One Social Work CEU is available.

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