Interested students can apply to become Assistants in the NeuroAffective Touch® Foundation Training. Assisting is a volunteer service that benefits the assistants educationally, personally, and professionally, and helps the Institute support the learning experience and growth of the students.
There are three levels of Assistants:
- Support Assistant who are entering a learning and mentoring process. They are responsible for all tasks on the logistical / organizational and energetic levels but not on the psychological and educational levels. An applicant is required to have completed the NeuroAffective Touch Foundation Training and must show a good familiarity with the basic concepts, principles, and methods of the NeuroAffective Touch Model. It is helpful if the applicant has some experience teaching and leading groups.
- Teaching Assistant who are the professional and emotional pillars of the team. The requirements for Teaching Assistant are the completion of the NATouch™ Foundation Training and completion a full cycle as Support Assistant. Teaching Assistants must demonstrate expertise in coaching participants during practice sessions. The Teaching Assistant status is held for at least two full training cycles before becoming eligible for Lead Assistant.
- Lead Assistant who has an organizational and team-building role. The requirements for becoming a Lead Assistant are the completion of at least two full training cycles as Teaching Assistant, demonstrating expertise in coaching participants during practice sessions, and showing organizational, team-building, and leadership skills. The Lead Assistant participates in training Teaching Assistants to coach students during practice sessions.
Overall and to the best of their ability, Assistants:
- Are collaborative team members
- Take in constructive feedback and direction about their responsibilities
- Have a developed capacity for self and group containment and regulation
- Maintain appropriate professional boundaries, including confidentiality
- Have a working knowledge of the NeuroAffective Touch curriculum
- Support the faculty teaching function
To be eligible, applicants must have completed all live modules of the NATouch Foundation Training. Applicants who took some of the training by video are required to make up the missed modules. If you have missed a live module and want to assist, please contact us so we can discuss your situation.
If you fulfill the above criteria and you would like to assist, please fill out the Assistant Application.
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