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. What types of mentoring sessions are available?

Option 1 - Clarity Session

Would you simply like to schedule a one-to-one individual session when the need arises? A clarity session would be an ideal option where you could schedule a 30-minute session to aid with a specific issue. This is a beneficial way to discuss a certain question such as what to consider when starting a new group or how to prepare for a conference.

Option 2 - Focus Session

Would you like more time to go in-depth about a certain topic? Then a 60-minute focus session would be ideal, for example, how to start a new group and what type of content to include.

Option 3 - Renewal Session

Are you in need of rehearsal or document revision and enhancement? Then a renewal session would be ideal. This includes a 60-minute session to either rehearse or share insight about your document needs plus 2 hours work time from your mentor to either review your document and provide feedback OR revise and enhance your document (this is based on the document type). Topics appropriate for a renewal session are:

  • Enhance tenure and promotion self-evaluation

  • Strengthen and rehearse professional presentation

  • Interview preparation and resume/curriculum vitae enhancement

  • Dissertation proposal defense rehearsal and document review and feedback

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 a mentoring session, please complete and submit the following questionnaire.