Autism and Related Conditions Mentoring (CSMP)
The Curtin Specialist Mentoring Program (CSMP) is a specialised peer support mentoring program specifically designed for students on the Autism Spectrum and related conditions.
Request a mentor
For more information contact the CSMP Coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My first year
“Going into university for the first time was challenging and scary yet exciting, all on its own. Struggling with new situations, structure and community made the mentoring program such a vital safety net and building bridge in becoming my own person and making a name for myself. Although I went into university with outside friends on the other side of campus, the program gave me a mentor that helped me make and keep friends in my degree and yet support me with regular conversations, meetings and information. I've been a part of programs like this before and nothing compares to the support, care and thrive for my success, it offers.”
Disability Mentor Programs
Information for staff
Visit the Organization for Autism Research to see how you can better support your students.
CSMP mentors help guide and support their mentees to reach their academic and personal goals. CSMP also provides a weekly social group during the semester to help develop friendships and enhance students’ sense of belonging at Curtin.
Any student who has been diagnosed to be on the Autism Spectrum or has a related condition that is diagnosed by a qualified health service provider that affects their ability to study successfully is eligible for support through the program. Students must be registered with Disability Services to participate.
Registering with Disability Services may also lead to a Curtin Access Plan (CAP) being devised. A CAP allows a student to have specific accommodations and modifications made to their study program according to their individual, documented needs (eg. use of laptop in exam situations, extensions etc.).
Get a mentor
What is a mentor?
Mentors are successful postgraduate students from Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Psychology, Speech Pathology, Engineering and Computer Science. Your mentor will help you enhance your student experience by supporting you to gain confidence, independence and self-advocacy during your time at Curtin. Your mentor is available to provide support based on your individual needs and work with you to develop strategies to successfully address any difficulties you identify. They can assist you to locate and access services or groups on campus, and communicate to you what life is like as a student.
What does your mentor expect from you?
- Respond to every contact attempt as soon as possible.
- Contact or meet your mentor at agreed times (and locations on campus if applicable) during the semester.
- Advise your mentor by email/text/phone of any unavoidable changes to arrangements at least 24 hours in advance.
- Be open to try different techniques to improve difficulties you may be experiencing.
- Communicate any difficulties you may be experiencing to your mentor (or program coordinators if required).
How does the program work?
- Register with Disability Services which helps to ensure you have as much support as possible from Curtin.
- We will then match you to a postgraduate peer mentor.
- You will have weekly contact with your mentor for one hour per week or more during the semester, preferably face to face, but flexible depending on your needs.
Become a mentor
Who can be a CSMP mentor?
Strong performing postgraduate students studying Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Psychology, Speech Pathology, Engineering and Computer Science are eligible to apply to become CSMP mentors.
What is expected from CSMP mentors?
Becoming a mentor involves:
- Participating in an online START Mentor training workshop and a CSMP specific training workshop.
- Organising weekly communications/meetings with your mentee during semester focusing on their unique requirements. This could include:
- listening to your mentee's concerns, provide support and guidance for overcoming challenges at university,
- guiding your mentee to connect with clubs, services and support that are on offer at Curtin to help them succeed socially, emotionally, and academically,
- providing strategies for organising and planning workloads, working within groups and giving presentations.
- Attending weekly CSMP mentor supervision meetings with the program managers during the teaching weeks of semester.
- Attending Curtin Social Group (CSG) meetings during the teaching weeks of semester (when convenient).
- Providing a weekly report outlining your involvement with your mentee.
- Submitting fortnightly timesheets to access appropriate remuneration.
- Participating in the evaluation process of the program.