Mentoring, Coaching, Supervision, Counselling

There are different ways to support people… Today, we looked at the differences and similarities of mentoring, coaching, supervision and counselling.


#Peer Mentoring

-A person who has lived through a specific experience (peer mentor) and a person who is new to that experience (the mentee), e.g. an “experienced” student mentors a “new” (inexperienced) student

-Support based on relationship

-Communication is important

-Personal development of both mentor and mentee




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

– The coach offers advice and guidance – and acts as a “motivator”

-Distinction to counselling: coachees/clients are “healthy” – aim: to move coachee forward, and not to “cure” him/her




-Supervisor – a person who oversees the work or tasks of another

-Supervision – the action or process of watching and directing what someone does or how something is done

-E.g. workplace supervision, thesis supervisor




-“Talking therapy” – allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings, in confidence

-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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