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Mentor Training




Mentor training is significantly more involved than other programs, workshops & sessions provided by the 'Kick Off' team. It does require a committment from the player undertaking the training, though this should not be seen as a 'chore' or imposition to their life. It is, in fact, far from it. Most who have completed the training will feel it to have been rewarding & fulfilling. They should also feel they are contributing to the betterment of players (particularly younger, newly acquired players); their lives, their career, their performance and their future.




thingAreas covered:


  • Summary of common mental illnesses, particularly depressive illnesses 
  • Overview of the effects, and side effects/adverse reactions, consequences & outcomes of illicit drugs & excessive alcohol use & abuse 
  • Developmental processes & the development of the personality & associated coping mechanisms 
  • Issues relating to abuse (physical, emotional, psychological & sexual) and the impact on the individual 
  • Risk identification 
  • Suicide prevention 
  • What it means to be 'mentor' & the difference between a 'mentor' & a 'mate' 
  • Basic counselling skills 
  • Treatments, options, services available 
  • What to do and who to refer to when problems are considered 'too serious' or beyond the mentor's scope of practice or skill level



thingProgram Length:


  • Due to the importance of this program, the sessions are run in 3, two (2) hour blocks over a period of one (1) month, with all necessary literature, workbooks, brochures, fact sheets, feedback forms & club mentor contract provided.
  • Size of the group is limited to no more than five (5) individuals, in order that each is given the necessary & essential attention required




thingHow the sessions are run & what you can expect:


  • There is one facilitator for the sessions & this 'Kick Off' representative is considered a senior member of the team; with all the necessary experience & knowledge to best equip the future 'mentor'. Audio visual media is utilised; powerpoint presentations & brief videos. Upon completion of the course, the participant receives a certificate of acheivement.




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