29619 CIT Practicum Feedback Forms 071820 – Compassionate Integrity Training
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Facilitator-in-Training NameDivya Menon
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Evaluator(s)Shane O'Connor and Kaley Hixson
LocationOnline Practicum
Date of Session10/20/2020
SkillSkill 3: Emotional Awareness
How well did the facilitator lead the group and create a safe space? Please explain and give examples.

Lovely relaxing and clear intro, nice clarity while reviewing previous skills and priming folks to respond to how their practices have been going, the skills that have been practices and used the most. Compassionate way of connecting peoples sharing with the skills and evidence of appreciation. You led a confident recap of previous sessions. Also using the chat nicely to compliment the audio responses. Appeared very calm, composed and smiling. ‘Let’s get started with skill 4 …’ (Enthusiastically). Personal sharing and connection with caterpillar and lovely bridge between the personal understanding of images and the CIT definition.
You were affirming to participants’ responses throughout the session but noticeably so at the beginning to set the tone and encourage folks to want to share which seemed natural to you.
While facilitating the opening definitions relating to self-compassion, you asked the group what they thought before giving the definition, which demonstrates good facilitation vs. teaching style.

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

Divya Caterpillar image explanation, clear and concise yet personal. Clearly not over looking at notes but embodied sharing.
As the session progressed, it was clear that you were much more confident in asking for the slides you required and I was also observing throughout that you were also moving your slides along as a back up in case the actual slides failed for technical reasons connected to your co facilitators laptop issues, this showed an extra layer of capability and professionalism.

When you were asking the question about why we sometimes have afflictive mental states, the participants were seeing two of the 8 worldly concerns and this may have confused the question or implied that the answer was connected with the images. Possible asking co-facilitator to move back or even stop sharing here it might have been welcome.
Managed very well and showed composure when the slides were not matching

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

: it was clear from the very beginning that you were passionate about the themes, content and the skill that you were facilitating but in addition, you were able to personalise the material with several examples you presented to reaffirm the main point and components of the skills. You were also assisting your co-facilitator activity while she was taking the lead on several slides by being active and engaged in the chat and bringing relevant comments out to the whole group when you deemed it to be worthy of enhancing the learning for all.
You were affirming to participants’ responses throughout the session but noticeably so at the beginning to set the tone and encourage folks to want to share which seemed natural to you.
While facilitating the opening definitions relating to self-compassion, you asked the group what they thought before giving the definition, which demonstrates good facilitation vs. teaching style.

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

There was No CP Facilitated during this session (This was not compulsory)

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

relaxed and composed facilitation style and strong examples in your toolkit to connect and enhance the material.
Managed the chat and the flowing conversation professionally and in a complimentary manner. They seemed to be synced very well.
Making the participants feel valued and their contributions received and appreciated.
Summarised, paraphrased and connected the participants contributions with the material in skill 4.
Impressive sharing of stories to connect and extract more learning from the material, power of storytelling.
Jumped in at the right times when needed to give input and fill gaps.
Aspirations, not expectations – great example of the book reviews (Negativity bias as well!)

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

There was No CP Facilitated during this session (This was not compulsory)

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

Towards the beginning of the session, you asked the group what causes the afflictive mental states?
At the same tine the ‘Status vs. insignificance’ slide was up on the screen. The slides did not appear to match the question, which may or may not have challenged some of the participants. Asking your co facilitator to either stop sharing or go back one slide to connect with the question might have negated this.

8 worldly concerns were beautifully guided through, there was a point where I believe Mary Pecuat attempted to share but was interrupted (by me!) but then we moved on within allowing her to share. There was a lovely sharing and you connected so well and gave an honest personal connection to praise in your own upbringing for the benefit of those on the group and to bring to live the material. It’s very hard to remember everyone who wants to share but important to try and keep track of those who want to share in the chat and audio.

Impressive sharing of stories to connect and extract more learning from the material, demonstrating the power of storytelling while facilitating. If you had created a lovely pause after sharing your story and even open the space to extract the nougat’s of wisdom from the story it would have been even more powerful I felt and time for the links and metaphors to land.
You provided a great example about aspiration vs. expectation, however it appeared that this was also a perfect example for the negativity bias-thinking trap and although you did acknowledge this once you clicked forward to negativity bias, it was such a good example to and it may not have been clear which thinking trap you were actually bolstering with your example of whether it was in fact for both. A little bit more clarity here would have made the example even stronger.

For the 'Biases slides,' it would have been lovely to have asked the group what they see, feel or think when they see the slide in front of them but it appeared that time may have been tight at this point in the session.

Do you recommend this facilitator to become certified?Yes
Entry DateOctober 29, 2020