The Nelson-Hardy Mentorship Project (NHMP) for Social Workers

Have you put off your career goals due to feelings of inadequacy? Have you ever questioned your knowledge, skills, and abilities as a social worker? Have you ever kept silent and felt “small” in a room where others seemed “big” although you had a great idea that was worth sharing?

If you have experienced the above, you are not alone. I have too. At times, I have allowed self-doubt to keep me still when I should have given myself permission to propel forward. At other times, I simply lacked the “know-how” and just needed someone to provide guidance and support. These feelings and experiences are real for many. Therefore, there is value in professional mentorship.

The Nelson-Hardy Mentorship Project (NHMP) for Social Workers is designed to promote social belonging by confronting vulnerabilities and feelings of imposter syndrome that hinder achievement of career-related intentions. Individual mentorship sessions, guided by specific focus tasks, are provided virtually to enhance your professional identity, career vision, and sense of belonging within the profession.

“Dr. Hardy has been instrumental throughout the cultivation of my Career Inventory for Social Workers. Her knowledge of statistics, business, research and social work have assisted me tremendously in my scholastic endeavors." Social Worker, Researcher

What is a mentor? A mentor has qualities like that of a colleague and friend, provides advice and guidance about career goals. A mentor is a support to someone who is seeking professional growth and development. On the other hand, mentorship is not mental health counseling, clinical supervision, or academic tutoring.

For at least two decades, I have had the opportunity to mentor innumerable social workers on tasks and projects including:

  • Academic tenure and promotion

  • Developing a private practice

  • Dissertation development and implementation

  • Avoiding “overworking” by valuing the fullness of life

  • Career inventory development

  • Writing and publication

  • Engaging in inclusive practices

  • Developing a career vision

  • Conference presentation development and delivery

  • Strengthening finances

  • Setting boundaries and saying no

  • Leadership skills

  • Career focus and motivation

  • Social work career pivots

  • Contemporary social work practice

Are you interested in mentorship? If so, and you find that my experiences are in alignment with your career intentions, feel welcome to contact me by completing the Mentorship Questionnaire below to discuss your interests and pricing.

Interested in mentorship and social belonging through social media? Join us at The Social Work Lounge on Facebook to gain information about current events and topics in social work. Also, visit The New Social Worker Magazine series titled, Vision. Intention. Strategy. Your Social Work Mentor with new articles and videos each month focusing on topics to guide you throughout your social work career.

Mentorship Questionnaire

If you are interested in an initial session to learn more about mentorship, and if it is right for you, please complete and submit the following questionnaire.