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Admission to Health Wave Institute and Manitou Wellness and Alternative Medicine Education Center.

Assistant Program Description, Agreement, and Responsibilities

The assistants’ program is designed to support graduates of the Somatic Trauma Resolution Level I and Level II trainings and Biodynamic Craniosacral in refining their energetic psychotherapy and psychophyics skills, as well as support new students new in their learning process. Assisting at training provides graduates with the opportunity to repeat Level I or Level II training or the 700 Biodynanmic Craniosacral training at no cost, receive updated handouts, manuals, and slides, and integrate what they have learned through assisting and coaching students in the training.

Benefits of Assisting

  • Attendance at an additional training at no cost to the Assistant
  • All written materials (manual, handouts, workbook, etc.) at no cost to the Assistant
  • Access to website at no cost for the duration of the training.

Prerequisites for Assisting

  • Licensed, Certified, or Registered bodywork professional for at least three years.
  • Completion of the level of training for which applying to assist
  • Ability to maintain appropriate ethical boundaries.
  • Professionalism and maturity in one’s personal presentation.
  • Commitment to the field of energetic psychotherapy as a whole and to STR and CST as a therapeutic modality.

Required Skills

  • Ability to relate to and work effectively with students and colleagues in your trainings.
  • Ability to work well as a team member
  • Open to receiving and assimilating feedback
  • Respected personally and professionally in the community.
  • Experienced with conducting a body, mind, spirit focused practice in either a private practice or clinic setting.

Other factors that may need to be considered could include foreign language skills, educational background, and specific skills.

Assistant Agreement and Responsibilities

This Assistant Agreement between the Manitou Wellness and Alternative Medicine Education Center and the Assistant delineates the responsibilities associated with assisting a Level I, Level II, Level III or Advanced Continuing Education training, also.

Professional and Ethical Agreements

Assistants agree to:

  • Commit to every module of the training.
  • Attend staff meetings (usually scheduled just before, during, or after the training, during lunch, or both)
  • Follow the ethical guidelines of the Holistic Practitioners Code of Ethics
  • Act as representatives of STR by modeling professional behavior, appearance, and the foundational principles of HWI and MWAMC. This includes time during the training blocks as well as out of training contact with students.
  • Endorse and express support for decisions, curriculum, procedures, and policies of SPI, as well as for trainers, other staff members, and the SPI office at all times, both during class and outside of class.
  • Support trainers’ decisions, even when their opinions may differ.
  • Follow the grievance protocol and chain of command when expressing negative feedback, problems, or criticism, and to never discuss these matters with students, in class or outside of class.

Training Venue & Catering Responsibilities

Assistants agree to:

  • Set up and take down training space, including chairs, tables for trainer, help with electronic & video equipment.
  • Maintain an orderly and aesthetically pleasing space (straightening chairs, etc) throughout the day
  • Purchase supplies (snacks, water and tea, Kleenex, etc.) according to budget if needed, or support the work-study student in doing this task.
  • Set up snack each day of the training if needed.
  • Enlist help from students for maintaining the above tasks.

Training Logistics

Assistants agree to:

  • Take attendance each day, according to the Attendance Confirmation Sheet Guidelines
  • Manage continuing education sign in and sign out sheets to ensure students sign in and out for CEUs.
  • Hand out feedback forms the final day of the training in the morning and collect them from each student at the end of the training.
  • Manage handout materials (mostly slides) to ensure all students receive all handouts (including handouts from previous weekends if students have been absent) and store extras to bring back the following training module.
  • Make copies of materials and perform other errands as needed.

Training Support

Assistants agree to:

  • Take a leadership role in maintaining the time schedule, starting on time, returning from lunch, completing breaks and exercises on time, by encouraging students to refocus on the training at transitions.
  • Support the trainers by tracking the group’s dynamics and process, making sure that breaks are taken and ended as needed, alert trainers to confusion or conflict within the group, and attend to any other needs the trainers might have in the course of the block pertaining to the student body.

Student Support

In a Level I, II, or Continuing and Advanced Training, Assistants agree to:

  • Support students by orienting them to the environment, answering logistical questions, trouble shooting and reassuring them about learning challenges, helping them get comfortable in the space. and participating in practice or exercises when a student has no other partner
  • Coach exercise and practice sessions as directed by the trainer, utilizing the Guidelines for Assistants (to be given out at first weekend of training).
  • Alert trainers if any student is seriously behind on requirements or is having difficulty in any other way with the training.

In a Level III Training, Assistants agree to:

  • Support students in completing their requirements
  • Fill out Skill Assessment Form for every practice observed and every transcript reviewed.
  • Monitor, detail and tabulate student progress under the trainer’s direction.
  • Transcript analysis between modules, under trainer’s direction.
  • Forward annotated transcript to designated trainer, who will review, add comments if appropriate and forward to student
  • Keep a log of date and stage of the process of transcripts reviewed
  • Collect and give all transcripts reviewed during module to the Lead Trainer
  • Track, collects, and review make up assignments
  • Alert trainers if any student is seriously behind on requirements or is having difficulty in any other way with the training.

Due to the evaluative nature of the Level III training and thus the complex transference/counter transference dynamics, assistants are not sanctioned to provide consultation or educational Somatic Trauma Therapy education therapy sessions to enrolled students.

Additional Notes

  • The STR policy is that an assistant can do one to three Somatic Trauma Resolution sessions with a student expressly for educational purposes. Usually we prefer that assistants who offer such sessions be certified. If no available assistant is certified, then students must be informed of the level of training attained by the assistant.
  • Assistants may not offer consultation of meet with students in training in a paid capacity.

How to Apply

You will be contacted by SPI staff once your application has been received.

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