Mentoring as Parallel Process


  • Stephen Edward McMillin Saint Louis University


Although mentoring for doctoral students in social work is increasingly discussed, discourse on mentoring often emphasizes strategies over mechanisms.  This reflection offers the author's experience of relationship-based mentoring that follows the parallel process theorized to mediate relationship-based social interventions. Examples of relational mentoring in social work teaching are offered, and implications for this model of mentoring in social work doctoral education are discussed.

Author Biography

Stephen Edward McMillin, Saint Louis University

About the Author: Stephen Edward McMillin, M.S.W., Ph.D. is Director of the MSW Program, The School of  Social Work, Saint Louis University (314-977-3322;




How to Cite

McMillin, S. E. (2013). Mentoring as Parallel Process. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 18(3), 4–7. Retrieved from