Becoming a HAI Team Member (Assistant) in the East Coast
Many of us have marveled at how the HAI workshops follow so seamlessly. Often experiences during workshop exercises leave us feeling supported and held in love. Pillows are delivered, eyeglasses gently put elsewhere for safekeeping during an exercise, tissues appear out of nowhere, the workshop room is a tidy space, and a warm heart-to-heart is readily available. These things all help to make the HAI experience one to remember—and to come back to!
Behind the scenes, Interns and Assistants create “the safest room on the planet.” They are essential in creating the loving environment that you’ve experienced. All Team members are trained in active listening, leading small groups, clear communication, holding the room, social and dating agreements, and functioning as part of a team.
Why Become an Assistant?
- Assistants make a core contribution to HAI workshops. Assistants provide deep, loving support to participants. In turn, this program will support your own personal growth.
- Becoming an Assistant provides participants who cannot fulfill the financial or time commitments of Interning the opportunity to be of greater service to HAI, while deepening their own relationships with themselves and the community.
- Serving on Team provides Interns and Facilitators an invaluable way to get to know you as we see you working as part of our Team and interacting with participants.
- It is from the Assistant pool that we invite you to become an Intern, taking on more leadership and responsibility for the East Coast community.
Assistant Training Day (ATD)
You must complete at least Level 3 before attending the one-day training (and Level 4 before applying to become an Assistant).
This one-day Assistant training is offered only once each year. If you’re considering becoming an Assistant, prioritize attending. Due to space limitations, pre-registration is required. Register for the Assistant Training Day through the HeartBeat. The non-refundable training fee is paid when registering. It is the receipt of the confirmation that secures your place in this training.
Questions? Contact the Assistant Coordinator.
Requirements to Apply
- You must complete through at least Level 4 before applying.
- You must have attended at least one HAI weekend workshop in the last twelve months.
- You must have completed a minimum of ten hours volunteer time, or be in the process of completing these hours, before you apply.
- You must have completed the one-day Assistant’s Training on the East Coast within the last twelve months.
- You must secure three active Intern sponsors. See “Application Process” on the Assistant Application.
The registration fee for Provisional Assistants while serving at a workshop is deeply discounted. Contact the East Coast office for current rates.
- You are committing to serve two times in the first 12 months, and once per year after being accepted as a full Assistant.
- You are committing to attend the yearly Team Workshop (TWS).
- You are also agreeing to participate in workshops at a rate of one per year to work toward completing the series. There is no discount for participating in workshops when you are an Assistant.
We must ask that you postpone your application if you cannot meet these financial responsibilities
You must become–and stay–active within the HAI community. If your only contact with HAI is serving on Team, it is insufficient. Team members are the ambassadors of community for HAI and we expect you to “show up.”
- Attend local events: support groups, completion parties, etc.
- Host a Mini
- Take on a volunteer project
- Serve on a committee for a community event: Annual Ball, Pride march, Scholarship Auction, etc.
Acceptance as an Assistant bestows recognition and responsibility within this community. As such, we are willing to invest our time and considerable effort to help you meet that higher level of service and leadership. This is not a commitment that we take lightly, and we ask the same of you.
- East Coast Assistant Application Packet
- For and editable version, contact the Assistant Coordinator (above) or the East Coast office
All HAI Assistants and Interns worldwide are required to commit to a code of conduct that is described in detail in the Team Member Agreements. There are also additional agreements for each region. Before applying to the Assistant Program, please review the following documents carefully to ensure that you are willing and able to make this commitment.
More Application Information
For more information check out the HAI East Coast Assistant Application Packet
- The application process
- The application review/voting process
- Time frame
- Acceptance = Provisional Assistant
- Serving as a Provisional Assistant
- Acceptance as a Full Assistant
- Assistant status terms
- The application
2015 Training Dates and Cost
September 26, 2015
- Training begins promptly at 10:00am and ends at approximately 5:30pm
- Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to settle in.