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Women’s professional mentorship in psychology and the academy: One group’s stories of quilting and life

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  • Introduction: How we choose to mentor and support one another in the profession of psychology and the academy speaks volumes about the values we hold in our chosen practice. This paper highlights the experience of six women who chose to form a professional group based on mutual support, mentorship, and common professional interests. In writing this story, we are both authors and members of this group. Our experience reveals unanticipated individual benefits and a unique shared journey to building a healthy professional community. In addition, the experience described herein offers a positive alternative to the professional climates of academia and clinical practice as they are often experienced and described in literature. The paper begins with a brief description of the members of our group. This is follow by an abbreviated review outlining literature directly related to some of the common foundations of our group process. Our collective experience is subsequently highlighted through individual writings, a description of the group process, and the research methods used. Common experiences are noted through themes and discussion. Finally, conclusions regarding the experience are drawn.

  • Date created
    2006-01-01
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    Chapter
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3TH8C30D
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    Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
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    • Larsen, Denise, & Boisvert, Jennifer. (2006). Women’s professional mentorship in psychology and the academy: One group’s stories of quilting and life. In M. Green & L. Wason-Ellam (Ed.), Home/bodies: Geographies of self, place, and space (pp. 44-59). Calgary, Alberta, Canada: University of Calgary Press.