Mentoring, coaching, supervision, counselling?

There are different approaches to support people…


…each with its specific focus and aims.


Peer Mentoring

A person who has lived through a specific experience (mentor) supports a person who is new to that experience (mentee) – e.g. an ‘experienced’ student mentors a ‘new’ student

  • Support based on relationship between mentor and mentee
  • Communication between mentor and mentee is important
  • Personal development of both mentor and mentee



Teaching, training or development process via which an individual (or group) is supported while achieving a specific personal or professional result or goal – e.g. sport coaching, business coaching, life (personal) coaching

  • The coach offers advice and guidance
  • Aim: To move coachee ‘forward’




A person (supervisor) ‘oversees’ the work or tasks of another (supervisee) – e.g. thesis supervisor

  • Supervision: The action or process of watching and directing what an someone does or how soemthing is done
  • Aim: Supervisee gains knowledge and experience




A person is able to talk about his/her problems and feelings in confidence – e.g. student counselling

  • Counsellor: Trained to listen with empathy, able to help to deal with negative thoughts and feelings
  • Aim: To overcome issues that are causing pain and make people feel uncomfortable


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