The Advanced Certificate Mentoring in Dental Practice is intended for dental professionals who wish to undertake the role of mentor in the dental environment. The aim of the course is to equip members of the dental team to fulfil the role of mentor with colleagues who require support to fulfil the requirements of professional practice in Dental care or who have been the subject of Fitness to Practice review.
Mentoring in Dental Practice is a double module (40 credits) at postgraduate level which combines: a one day access course “Supporting learning” for would be mentors who do not have a teaching qualification (not required for those who have a teaching qualification), a series of five day-long taught and interactive workshops spread over a 12 week period for all participants, a supportive programme of e-learning activities and resources.
The course will address issues including: -Best practice in mentorship: reviewing theories and evidence -Roles and boundaries in the mentoring relationship -Causes of impaired performance and sources of support for mentors and mentees -Advanced communication skills -Legal, ethical and financial aspects of the mentoring relationship
LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT
The course will involve lectures, small group discussions, presentations by course participants and simulated mentoring activity using actors and therefore participants should be willing to engage fully with these diverse educational methods. The course will be taught by both subject specialists from the University and selected guest speakers. -A case-based report of approximately 5000 words, allowing participants to critically examine the challenges of mentoring through a specific case study and demonstrating how they would address these challenges -A presentation of a given aspect of mentoring to the course participants and assessors. -A demonstration of effective mentorship skills in a simulated mentoring situation