AUNE Clinical Psychology Faculty Win Award for Mentoring Article

AUNE Professors Lorraine Mangione and Kathi A. Borden, along with Assistant Professor Katherine Evarts know a thing or two about the importance of mentoring. Last year, the trio, alongside their colleagues at the University of Denver, published an article in Training and Education in Professional Psychology titled Mentoring in clinical psychology programs: Broadening and deepening.

Their article, focused on recommendations for mentors to enhance the training of clinical psychology graduate students, won the 2018 “Most Valuable Contribution to Professional Development, Training or Supervision” award from the Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, beating out several other nominees across other journals.

The awards cover a wide range of “best articles of the year” including awards for articles on psychotherapy process, innovations, and theory. Mangione, Borden, and Evarts won in part for “their insightful survey of mentoring practices… that can help to improve the mentorship experience.” Their results provided strong recommendations for protecting the supportive bond and personal connection that develops between trainee and mentor, with a focus on identifying and working towards major career goals, and building confidence in young psychologists.

“The mentoring project was both a challenge and a joy!” Says Dr. Mangione. “The challenge was that we wanted to include so much because we know the importance of mentoring: qualitative reflections and quantitative answers, PhD and PsyD studies students and graduates, and participants representing different types of diversity especially ethnic/racial and gender. The joy was in the collaborative nature of our work: having multiple perspectives and unique vantage points involved at every stage allowed for mentoring within a project on mentoring, with faculty also learning from students. Given the major finding was the importance of relationships in mentoring, the research process was embedded in a multilevel framework.”

AUNE’s Clinical Psychology graduate program reflects this focus on strong mentor-student relationships. Students and mentors alike in this program are encouraged to develop strong, personal relationships with each other and provide emotional and  support alongside professional assistance.

More information on the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at AUNE can be found here.

The original article can be accessed through Antioch libraries or Ohiolink:

Mangione, L., Borden, K. A., Nadkarni, L., Evarts, K., & Hyde, K. (2018). Mentoring in clinical psychology programs: Broadening and deepening. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 12(1), 4-13.