Validation helps to ensure that Relationship Mentors work to recognised standards of professional competence. Validation also assures the client that the Relationship Mentors will work within an agreed ethical framework and code of practice.

Following graduation at NFQ Level 8, Relationship Mentors are ‘pre-validated’. 100 hours of student placement are completed while in training, alongside 40 hours minimum of personal mentoring (personal therapy).

To obtain ‘full validation’ all Relationship Mentors must complete 450 hours of one-to-one client contact work, while attending shared vision supervision with a validated IARM Shared Vision Practitioner. Shared Vision takes place at a ratio of 1:5 for the first 200 hours and 1:10 for the remaining 250 hours, resulting in a total of 65 hours of Shared Vision Supervision.

Continuing Personal Reflection is a fundamental component of how Relationship Mentors practise, and in the validation process. It involves conscious reflection on what is arising within a mentor in their own lives and in response to their work with clients. A growing body of research shows that reflective practice is a vital aspect of developing and maintaining an ethical, affective, and effective therapeutic relationship.

Continuous Professional Development is strongly encouraged for all Relationship Mentors so that they may continue to develop their conscious process, education and skill.

CPR and CPD help safeguard the public and ensure mentors are working to recognised standards of professional competence.