Mentoring and Peer Support

Mentoring and Peer Support

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Mentoring and Peer Support

Competent Adulthood Transition with Cognitive Behavioral Humanistic and interpersonal Training (CATCH-IT) is an internet based intervention that is used for individual facing challenges of adolescent incorporating the mentoring and peer approaches (Martin, 2016). The protocol described here provides a model for a new generation of interventions that blend substantial computer-based instruction with human contact to intervene to prevent mental disorders such as depression (LeCroy & Williams, 2013). This theory provides a self guided online intervention approach that valuates the traits of the patient and provide proper tailored made intervention for the given party. On the other hand the article “A Structured Peer-Mentoring Method for Physical Activity Behavior Change Among Adolescents” by Smith and Petosa enlighten us on the mentoring and peer support that can be provided to facilitate the interventions process for the patients. The article provides that through structured peer mentoring, adolescents are provided consistent social support in a caring and personalized manner. This support builds skills and competencies enhancing self-efficacy to sustain a lifetime of physical activity behavior (Smith & Petosa, 2016).

The target behaviors that the interventions in CATCH-IT and peer structured mentoring are directed to deal with most is depression which is as a result of adolescent activities or transition effects. The platform enables the patient to elaborate and open up hence providing vital information that can be used to generate proper mentoring and the peer support as part and parcel of the intervention process (Martin, 2016). The differences between the interventions provided above is that CATCH-IT is more internet based less complex as compared to the structured peer mentoring program. On the other side both interventions are time consuming and take time to se positive results. Strengths of the CATCH-IT therapy comprise the fact that this intervention involves no medication. Also, the peer mentoring structure provides an effective long lasting result. Weaknesses of peer mentoring structure include the fact that it takes long to achieve the desired results. The weakness of CATCH –IT is the fact that desired results are not guaranteed by the interventions (LeCroy & Williams, 2013).


LeCroy, C. W., & Williams, L. R. (2013). Intervention with adolescents. In M. Holosko, C. Dulmus, & K. Sowers (Eds.), Social work practice with individuals and families: Evidence-informed assessments and interventions (pp. 97–124). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Martin, B. (2016). In-Depth: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 17, 2017, from

Smith, L & Petosa, R. (2016). A Structured Peer-Mentoring Method for Physical Activity Behavior Change among Adolescents. Retrieved from:

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