The IMIN Mentoring Program

The ISPN Mentoring Initiative Navigator Program, or IMIN, is a capacity building project started in 2014 and sponsored by the ISPN Membership Committee. The IMIN model was designed by Dr. Beth Bonham with two aims: to increase an involved membership in ISPN by connecting new members with seasoned ISPN members; and to facilitate leadership succession planning by mentoring members into leadership positions.

The seasoned ISPN member who volunteers to mentor through participation in IMIN may meet the new member initially at the annual conference and share time with the new member that may include meeting for coffee, planning dinner, and introducing the new member to the wider network of ISPN members. The mentor/mentee model can be implemented in any way that is comfortable for the dyad and for any length of time the dyad decides – activities may range from an occasional telephone or email check in to a structured clinical supervision. IMIN is a voluntary program for any members as well as a pathway to quickly connect new members with the larger organization.

Since 2014, 56 people have participated in IMIN. Several mentees are now involved in key leadership positions within the ISPN organization. For example, mentor Dr. Cynthia Handrup connected to mentee Kristina Stevens. Dr. Handrup oriented Kristina to the Website Committee of which Cynthia was chair. Subsequently, Kristina became chair of the Website Committee and as chair, now brings a wealth of new ideas and energy to the Website committee.

IMIN is currently being evaluated through a survey research methodology directed by Dr. Beth Bonham. The research team includes Dr. Marian Newton, Dr. Barbie Frechette, and Dr. Casey Frechette. A member survey instrument was developed and sent to the first three cohorts (2014, 2015, and 2016). The team is analyzing the data with plans to present preliminary findings at the 2018 annual conference in Tempe. A second plan is to develop an IMIN Toolkit that will be available for members, a direct result of feedback given to the research team by participants.

All ISPN members are eligible to apply (see attached application). New members and first time conference attendees are encouraged to apply. For further information and connection to a mentor, please contact Dr. Beth Bonham, bethbonham@coopsone.com or Dr. Marian Newton, mnewton@su.edu

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