TDCJ Chaplaincy Mentor Training



Mentee Rules

More Mentee Rules

Issues for Mentors

Unreal Expectations

Mentor Expectations

Key Information

ToDo on Visits

Unrealistic Mentor Expectations

You, as mentor, may also have some unrealistic expectations of mentoring.

  • Others will accept the offender as you. In fact, you may have to help your mentee cope with rejection.
  • Your mentee can make good decisions. Past decisions have not all been good and you cannot assume they will make good decisions in the future.
  • The mentee will communicate with you outside prison the same as they communicated when inside.
  • You will not have all the answers. You should not let them expect you to have all the answers.
  • Mentee will take all your suggestions.
  • Your mentee will know how to keep appointments.
  • Your mentee has “normal” thinking patterns.
  • Being in chapel will assure them of success.

You helped your mentee arrange a job interview. You feel you have done all you need to assure their success.


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