A skills development workshop on attunement: The secret ingredient to successful relationships within the youth mentoring system
Dr. Pryce believes in the potential role of non-parental adults in the lives of young people, and has devoted her research career to studying the nature of these adults-youth relationships through mentoring and other supportive relationships. Her presentation will focus on the concept of attunement - a set of skills among mentors and staff that facilitate relationship connection.
Through this workshop, participants will learn what attunement looks like. Through sharing an evidence-informed practice model (The Mentoring FAN - Facilitating Attuned Interactions), Dr. Pryce will illustrate how programs can develop attunement among their staff and mentors, and how attunement can improve relationships across the mentoring system. She will also introduce the pilot results from the Mentor Attunement Scale, a measure developed with New Zealand colleagues to assess levels of attunement among volunteer mentors, and will invite partners to pilot the scale in their agencies.