Becoming a HAI Team Member (Assistant) in Ontario, Canada
Are you considering becoming a HAI Ontario Team Member? Here are the details on trainings, the prerequisites to apply and a description of the process.
There are 5 steps you must complete to become a HAI Assistant in Ontario:
- Take and pass our one-day Assistant Training (AT). This training may be taken any time after completing Level 3, but no earlier than 6 months before submitting your application (step 4).
- Take and pass Active Listening Training (ALT), which may be taken any time after completing Level 2, but within 12 months of submitting your application (step 4).
- Complete Level 4
- Submit a completed application after completing steps 1-3. You also need to have attended a workshop within the last 12 months to apply
- Serve as a Provisional Assistant
When you are participating in a HAI workshop, let the Facilitators know you are interested in becoming a team member. They want to get to know you, and your application requires a recommendation from a Facilitator. You should also be volunteering for HAI sponsored events.
Application and Approval Process
After your application is submitted, it will be posted on the 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 be reviewed by the Facilitators who will decide on the approval of the application. After the process is complete a team member will contact applicants regarding the status of their application.
Upon approval, you will become a Provisional Assistant and be invited to serve in that role at workshops.
Typically, Provisional Assistants serve from 3 to 5 workshops before becoming full Assistants. Sometimes more, sometimes less. At each workshop as a Provisional Assistant you will receive feedback by team and Facilitators at that workshop.
When the Facilitators decide Provisional Assistants are ready, their service ceases to be “provisional” and they become full Assistants. Only full Assistants are eligible to attend Team Workshops, which occur once a year in Ontario.
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 the Ontario office, who will direct you to a Volunteer Coordinator.
- Be involved in HAI sponsored or related activities.
Assistant Training (AT)
The AT is one of two basic courses which cover 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 skills in Active Listening techniques through review of concepts, discussion and practice with maximum feedback.
ALT is available to anyone who has completed Level 2 whether or not they want to become an Assistant.
For more information contact the Assistant Coordinator.