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American Herbalists Guild Mentorship Program
Mentorship, much like a traditional apprenticeship, is one of society’s oldest forms of experiential education. In many cultures, herbal training occurs almost exclusively in a setting where experienced herbalists work closely with others to share their accumulated wisdom. The structure of these relationships varies widely, but all have in common the desire to share information while offering support, guidance and critical feedback.
There is a growing need for clinical training for student practitioners, but because only a handful of clinical herbal training programs are currently available, the AHG encourages mentorship as a way for student practitioners to become confident, skilled clinical herbalists. Often those who have completed extensive training in herbal medicine (which may or may not have included a clinical component) are actively seeking the support and guidance of an experienced clinical herbalist to act as a mentor.
The American Herbalists Guild supports the mentoring process in several ways.
· The Handbook of Mentoring Guidelines for Students and Mentors is available as free download to AHG members in the Member Resources area of our website. It provides practical suggestions for setting up and conducting effective, successful mentoring relationships. It also includes a variety of forms and templates that can be customized as needed.
· The Mentor Directory, an online list of professional AHG members willing to work with students interested in clinical supervision.
· Mentor and Student Meeting at the annual American Herbalists Guild Symposium is a way to initiate mentoring relationships in an informal setting.
The core of the AHG Mentoring Program is The Handbook of Mentoring Guidelines, which is designed to give support to both student practitioners (or mentees), working to develop their clinical skills as well as mentors looking for guidance about how to structure their work with student practitioners.
It is our hope that by providing more support for the mentoring process, AHG will help build a much-needed bridge between formal training in herbal studies and the creation of a successful clinical practice. The information provided here is especially suited for herbalists and student practitioners who intend to apply for professional membership in the American Herbalists Guild. But we also offer this information to herb practitioners everywhere who aspire to a high level of professionalism and clinical competency.
The Handbook of Mentoring Guidelines for Students and Mentors is now available for download in the Member Resources area of the AHG website.