Are you looking for more support
We’ve heard from many clients that they wish they could speak with someone else who’s been in their position before.
They wish they could ask questions to someone who understands the uncertainty after receiving a diagnosis, or figured out how to wear and store their brace during gym class, or who’s had spinal surgery.
To create a greater sense of community and offer an opportunity for people to connect and discuss scoliosis journeys, we’ve launched the TSC Peer-To-Peer Support Program.
TSC Peer-to-Peer aims to enhance the emotional support experienced by TSC clients, by connecting individuals sharing similar scoliosis/Scheuermann’s Kyphosis (SK) experiences.
The program will pair individuals who feel a need for additional support as they navigate their condition (mentees), with others who feel ready to use their personal scoliosis/SK story to empower others (mentors).
Please read the FAQ below. If you have more questions, contact our program coordinator Meghan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Program Overview
How does the program work?
To be considered for the first round of the Peer-To-Peer program, prospective mentors and mentees will submit their information by September 14th. This will provide program staff with an understanding of strengths, needs, and special requests.
Accepted applicants will gain access to MentorCity, a virtual platform enabling voice and video communication.
Mentors and mentees will receive training through the platform on personal boundaries, empathetic communication, and other relationship-enhancing skills.
Upon completing training, participants can connect with their mentoring partner via MentorCity for a three-month period (Oct 7, 2021 – Jan 7, 2022), after which they can choose to stay in contact independently.
Participants will be asked to provide feedback throughout the course of the program and will have access to support from program coordinators if needed.
What’s the time commitment?
The first round of this program will run from Oct. 7, 2021 – Jan 7, 2022. Each mentor and mentee pairing will decide on a regular meeting schedule that works for you, which you will share with program coordinators once finalized. There is no minimum requirement regarding meeting frequency, but you are expected to attend all scheduled meetings.
There will be about 3 hours of virtual training and logistics prior to meeting your mentor/mentee, where you will learn more about empathy, active listening, boundaries, confidentiality, and more – an opportunity to gain more skills that may also benefit other relationships in your life.
*Depending on interest, there may be a waitlist to participate in the next round.
Are mentorship meetings virtual or in-person?
For the Fall 2021 intake, mentorship meetings will occur virtually, via voice or video calls. Applicants for future intakes will be advised of any changes to this format as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.
How do I participate?
The opportunity to apply to this program is offered to all TSC clients 12+ years of age who are actively receiving physiotherapy services. Parents of younger clients who wish to offer support to other parents, or receive support, are also invited to apply.
Is there a cost associated with the program?
At this time, the program is free for all participants (pending you are an existing client of The ScoliClinic).
Do I get to choose my mentor/mentee?
Program coordinators will be making mentorship matches. However, we will do our best to use the information from your application form to pair mentor needs with mentee strengths.
Can I apply to be both a mentor and a mentee?
You can apply for both roles. However, to ensure you will be able to commit wholeheartedly to your role, you will be selected for only one position if you are accepted into the program.
How is this related to the physiotherapy services I receive at TSC?
Although it may supplement the physiotherapy treatment you receive for your scoliosis/SK, the TSC Peer-To-Peer Program is separate from your work with your therapist. It is up to you to discern whether this will be a valuable resource to you at this stage of your scoliosis/SK journey.
What are the benefits of being a mentor?
As a mentor, you will be able to use experiences with scoliosis/Scheuermann’s Kyphosis to inspire and empower others. You will also gain leadership skills, and receive valuable training in relationship-building and enhancing strategies that can help you in any area of your life!
Depending on the COVID situation, we’re hoping to host mentor support groups, training workshops, and social events in the future.
As a mentor, am I compensated for my participation in the program?
Being a mentor is a volunteer commitment, but we appreciate you giving of your time to help another. We are brainstorming ways to acknowledge this contribution – stay tuned!
What is The ScoliClinic looking for in a mentor?
We are looking for mentors whose needs are well-matched to the strengths and experiences of our mentees. Individuals of all ages are invited to apply.
Applicants best suited for this role may have the traits listed below. However, these are only meant to be guidelines – if you don’t meet all of the criteria but are interested in being a mentor, we encourage you to still apply.
- Have been diagnosed with scoliosis/SK at least 1 year ago
- Have been working with TSC for at least 6 months
- Have had common experiences related to scoliosis diagnosis and treatment.
- Anxiety upon initial diagnosis
- Management of chronic pain
- Dealing with mental health challenges related to diagnosis
- Surgery (spinal fusion or VBT)
Please submit your request no later than September 14th, 2021
What are the benefits of being a mentee?
As a mentee, you will be connected with someone whose experience with scoliosis/Scheuermann’s Kyphosis has been similar to yours. You will be able to draw insight from what they share with you to make the decisions that will best support you in your own journey.
What is The ScoliClinic looking for in a mentee?
We are looking for mentees whose needs are well-matched to the strengths and experiences of our mentors. Individuals of all ages and at all stages of their scoliosis or Scheuermann’s Kyphosis journey are invited to apply.
Please submit your request no later than September 19th, 2021