The mentor communicates with the STAR child’s therapist or counselor. Since children often share more with a mentor than with other adults, the mentor frequently provides critical background information and insights that enable the treatment team to better understand and treat the child.
Mentors attend planning and treatment meetings as well as visiting any STAR child who must spend time in a hospital or treatment center. Children can usually name their emotional or behavioral diagnosis but rarely do they understand what their condition means.
STAR mentors help educate the children on their conditions and how to best deal with those conditions.