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Harbor Regional Center

Training independent facilitators to serve clients of the Harbor Regional Center

Harbor Regional Center is offering scholarships to Guidelight Group's Essential Independent Facilitator Training Program
for those who are committed to serving clients in Harbor Regional Center's catchment area.

We are accepting scholarship applications for Summer and Fall 2024. ​


About the Program:

The goal of this scholarship is to increase the number of capable independent facilitators committed to serving individuals in the Harbor Regional Center catchment area, particularly those in underserved communities. Recipients of the Harbor Regional Center scholarship will have access to all of the components of Guidelight Group's standard training program, including:

  • 22+ hours of live virtual instruction (2.5 hours per week for 8 weeks)

  • Bi-weekly office hours

  • 3 individual coaching sessions

  • 2 group coaching sessions

  • Vast downloadable resource library

  • Customized tools and templates

  • Our incredible and collaborative alumni community


Visit our main independent facilitator training page for more info.

PLUS, recipients will attend an additional 2.5 hour training session to introduce them to working with Harbor Regional Center to lay the foundation for a smooth and collaborative relationship. It will cover the specific processes and expectations for independent facilitators and SDP participants at Harbor Regional Center, as well as helpful information like who to contact for various needs, how to get paid, and how to connect with local clients.

Scholarship Value:

The cost to attend Guidelight Group's Essential Independent Facilitator Training Program is $1,800. Harbor Regional Center is offering a scholarship of $1,500 per person, which leaves a small out of pocket investment of $300 per person.


For those who are not able to make the out-of-pocket investment, full scholarships will be considered on a case-by-case basis. You can indicate your need for a full scholarship on the application.

Important Dates & Deadlines:


Summer 2024 Session:

July 10 - August 28, 2024
Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.-12:30

Fall 2024 Session:

October 2 - December 4, 2024 (skipping Thanksgiving week)

Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Application Deadline:



The program is intended for people who already have a solid understanding of the Self-Determination Program and the role of an independent facilitator, and who are looking for extra training and support to get their practice off the ground.

Applicants must complete the online scholarship application to be considered.


  • Availability to attend class at the established dates and times for the full 8 weeks (1-2 absences are allowed as long as you watch the recording of class prior to the next week's class).

  • Ability to participate in 2.5 hours of instruction plus about 2 hours of homework per week.

  • Ability to access instruction via Zoom and course materials via an online learning platform.

  • Ability to respectfully participate in live instruction and collaborate with classmates.

  • Ability to read and understand official regional center documents and simple spreadsheets.

  • Willingness to become a regional center vendor for General Self-Directed Supports (service code 099) to support people to transition into the Self-Determination Program (paid at $50/hour).

  • One personal or professional reference.

Priority will be given to applicants who meet any of the following criteria:

  • Live within (or near) the Harbor Regional Center catchment area

  • Represent an underserved, minority, BiPOC community

  • Speak a language other than English

  • Person with a disability

Scholarship recipients must pledge to serve at least two participants from the Harbor Regional Center in their first year of practice. Recipients must also commit to serving disparity groups in their work as an independent facilitator overall.

Guidelight Group and Harbor Regional Center reserve the right not to select an applicant for the scholarship if, in its determination, the applicant is not qualified for or sufficiently responsive to the scholarship intent. 


We are now accepting applications for 2024 sessions. 

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