Don’t assume that transferring to a new mentor solves the problem

Although transferring mentees to new mentors is common practice in many programs, the process can be more psychologically complex than it appears. Mentors cannot simply be replaced with another before adequate closure on the first relationship has been reached. The caseworker should attempt to understand and address the reasons for the first termination so as to minimize the likelihood of repeating a dysfunctional pattern. This can be tricky, as we found in a recent study: youth who are rematched do not fare as well as others. See article on rematching.