Becoming a HAI Team Member (Assistant) for SoCal
If you are considering becoming a HAI Team Member in the SoCal region, the following information gives you details as well as the prerequisites to apply and a description of the process.
There are 5 steps you must complete to become a HAI Assistant in Southern California:
- Take and pass our one-day Assistants Training (AT). This training may be taken any time after completing Level 3.
- Take and pass Active Listening Training (ALT). This training may be taken any time after completing Level 2.
- Complete a minimum of Levels 1- 4
- Complete and submit a written application, after completing steps 1-3 above. You also need to have attended a workshop within the last 12 months to apply.
- Serve as a Provisional Assistant
We highly recommend that when you are participating in a HAI workshop you let the facilitators know you are interested becoming a team member. We also recommend volunteering for HAI sponsored events.
Application and Approval Process
After attending and passing both the AT and ALT and meeting the other criteria, the SoCal Assistant Coordinator will email a link to an application form. Once submitted, it will be posted on the SoCal Team Website (available only to HAI Team members) for a three-week review/feedback period.
The application and any feedback that may be provided by the Team community will then be reviewed by the Facilitators and they will decide whether or not to approve the application. After the process is complete a team member will contact applicants regarding the status of their application.
If the application is approved, you will become a Provisional Assistant and be invited to serve in that role at workshops.
Typically, Provisional Assistants serve at three workshops. (Some may be asked to serve as a Provisional Assistant more than 3 times, some may be made a full Assistant in fewer than three workshops.). Each time you are on team as a Provisional Assistant you will be given feedback by the team and the Facilitators at that workshop.
When the Facilitators decide Provisional Assistants are ready, their service ceases to be “provisional” and they become full Assistants. Assistants are eligible to attend Team Workshops, which occur twice each year in Northern California or attend the SoCal Team Bonding Day, which will be held in the fall of 2016. Provisional Assistants are not eligible to attend Team Workshops.
If Assisting on Team sounds interesting to you, or you have already begun the process described above, we highly recommend that:
- When you are participating in a HAI workshop you let the facilitators know that you are interested becoming a team member, so they can get to know you in that context.
- Complete (or at least begin) 10 hours of HAI volunteer work. If you plan to become an Assistant and are not currently volunteering, you can contact our Volunteer Coordinator, who is currently Niki Schmid, and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. If your area has HAI Community Nights or Introduction to Intimacy Workshops, the teams that organize them often need volunteers.
- Be involved in HAI sponsored or related activities.
Assistant Training (AT)
Becoming a HAI Assistant has several steps to the process as listed above. The AT itself is one of two basic courses which covers the activities, responsibilities, ethics, and tools used by HAI Assistants. It is available to everyone who has completed HAI Level 3 whether or not they want to become an Assistant.
Active Listening Training (ALT)
The most important communication tool or technique that HAI Team Members use is called Active Listening. Simply put, Active Listening is reflecting back to the speaker the facts and feelings they just expressed. We use this tool whenever we’re speaking with someone who we think is in any upset or is experiencing a problem. The one-day ALT focuses on gaining skill in Active Listening techniques through review of concepts, discussion and practice with maximum feedback.
Since this technique is invaluable in everyday life, we are offering it to anyone who has completed Level 2 whether or not they intend to apply to be a HAI team member.
2017 Training Dates, Locations, and Costs
(Descriptions of the training and registration details are below)
· June 3-4, 2017, tentatively scheduled in Topanga Canyon. More detail will be forthcoming as plans finalize.
Address of specific location and directions will be provided upon registration.
** First timers: $50 each session
** Active Assistants and Repeating Non Assistants: $40 each session
Training begins 10:00 a.m. and ends at approximately 6:30 p.m. Plan to arrive between 9:30 a.m and 9:45 a.m. to settle in. Be ready to start promptly at 10 a.m. If you plan to attend both days, stay over arrangements can be made.
PLEASE register early. There is a pre-class reading assignment for each training and classes often fill to capacity. There are no overnight accommodations at the training site; however, often the HAI community in the area usually offers to host overnight for those traveling from a distance.
Upon registration you should receive a confirmation email with full details, reading assignments and a request for a commitment to reading the material before the training.
Please review the information at the beginning of this page before calling for more information. For additional information or questions about registration, please contact the office.
For more information about specific trainings, please contact the Socal Assistant Program Coordinator using the form below.