29619 CIT Practicum Feedback Forms 071820 – Compassionate Integrity Training
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Facilitator-in-Training NameHeather Haynes Smith
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Evaluator(s)Shane O'Connor and Kaley Hixson
LocationOnline Practicum
Date of Session10/20/2020
SkillSkill 2: Ethical MIndfulness
How well did the facilitator lead the group and create a safe space? Please explain and give examples.

I felt that you made a lovely relaxing intro, grounding yourself and the participants with the content and sharing your motivation for getting involved in CIT and a little bit about the impact it has had and is having on you in your professional and private capacity. I liked your appropriate use and sharing of humour from the beginning with your colleagues, ‘Texas Yellow Roses’. I loved the fact that you were always so willing to jump in and share if there was more than a few seconds of silence, once a question was asked, prompting folks and creating a welcoming space for another to share.
‘We are doing just fine for time….’(allowed participants some space to breath and feel ok about the time and pace), just before the ‘WHY’ image/slide
Your facial expressions were demonstrating warmth, recognition and encouragement for me and I think this was felt by other participants too.

How well did the facilitator explain this Skill using the PowerPoint presentation? Please give examples.

WHY? Slide , simple short intro to the slide but prompted a response from participants, showed some lovely management of slides, going back when needed to hammer home a point and connecting it with the material in the manual as well as what was on the screen for the participants to see and focus on.
I think you picked up on this point yourself but it would have been lovely to actually stop sharing the PowerPoint from time to time during the session on order to create that sense of conversation and interactive sharing where we could each see each other rather than have the PP up on the screen the whole time, leaving the participants the opportunity only to see who was speaking or small thumbnails of the other participants. Particularly at the beginning when we were answering the intro guided questions.
I think you managed the tricky slides very well while facilitating the ‘mental proliferation’ sequence of slides, graphs and data. It appeared to me that the source of information you were using to present may have been on another screen or to the side of the main screen and at times this may have appeared to be less facilitation and more presentation/teaching mode but I felt you got through the challenging concepts and slides well. Possible a few pauses to see if everyone was keeping up or to use examples to assist the explanation could have been a bonus to the material on the PowerPoint but I also had a sense that you did want to get through this and get to some open conversation to follow.

How well did the facilitator explain and lead the activities in this Skill? Please explain and give specific examples.

I felt that you lead from within the group as well as your role as facilitator. Making follow up supportive comments in the chat as well as answering/prompting/sharing when it was deemed necessary when your co-facilitators asked for group responses and this didn’t appear false, prepared or choreographed in any way to me.
References to the manual on a number of occasions, encouraging folks without saying it to use manual in order to reaffirm and hit home the learning.
Nice transitions and Segway’s to metaphors.

How well did the facilitator lead the Mindful Dialogues and Reflective Writing Exercises in this Skill? Please explain and give specific examples.

Not applicable here as it was led by a co-facilitator

What aspects of this Skill did you think the facilitator did exceptionally well? Please give examples.

Your management of the complex slides of mental proliferation sequence, you seemed at ease with this section of the content.
When you were not relying on sharing your screen or presenting the material, you seemed so relaxed and connected with the material and opened up discussions, received comments from other participants with comfort.
Love the preview into next week, mentioning cognitive distortions to prime participants and create an sense of anticipation and early Segway to build on the content and skill shared in this session.

How well did the facilitator lead the Contemplative Practice in this Skill? Please explain and give specific examples.

Not applicable here as it was led by a co-facilitator

What aspects of this Skill could the facilitator improve? Please give examples.

As I have already mentioned to a previous question, I’m not sure but it appeared that you may have been using two screens, moving from one to the next and it didn’t seem to throw you at all but may have been managed more affectively as the participants may not have been able to focus as easily compared to you focussing your gaze on the one screen and occasionally gaining eye contact with the participants from time to time.
There was one example where you looked for an example from participants to share where a spark became a forest fire and although Gareth did jump in, I didn’t feel like I got to hear an example and I would have liked to hammer home the theory and metaphor with an example to illustrate it more for me.
‘There is a lot of things going on right now on my screen, construction work going on downstairs as well right now’ – Great example of to be able to use the blue sky metaphor, constant flux, things come and exit, impermanence (as you were guiding participants through this section of the slides and content). Great example to bring in your own noises going on around you but they will go, pass just like the clouds and birds in these images.

Do you recommend this facilitator to become certified?Yes
Entry DateOctober 28, 2020