29619 CIT Practicum Feedback Forms 071820 – Compassionate Integrity Training
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Facilitator-in-Training NameTerence Opalek
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Evaluator(s)Anja Pelzer
Date of Session11/10/2020
SkillSkill 6: Forgiveness and Gratitude
How well did the facilitator lead the group and create a safe space? Please explain and give examples.

Terry, you (co-)lead another amazing session outstandingly and co-facilitated excellently. Creating a safe space seems to come very natural and easy to you! The respectful and sensitive way you approach your co-facilitators and the participants makes it easy to feel welcome and trusting the confidential space.

Your use of invitational language contributed to that. I particularly appreciated how you - all through the course - stressed the importance of invitational language by kind of correcting yourself when you felt you might have phrased too directive. This has been great on different levels: You put a spotlight on the option to engage in the own way and speed and even the option of not to engage as a participant. It shows respect and eye-level approach and facilitating really. Also it showed your own personal development regarding facilitating CIT. Wonderful.

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

You guided the group through the slides of cultivating forgiveness very profound and well pointing out the thinking traps and giving good examples. There was a nice flow in your facilitation between delivering the input, inspiring a conversation, responding to replies. You touched the core of common humanity succinctly when explaining how we are prone to focus on differences despite the fundamental parts which connect us all.
Your command of CIT content has been very much revealed by how you refer to previous skills connecting to what participants learned in Skill 5 is great not only by revealing CIT’s structure but also for the actual learning of CIT content.

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

Very nice how you explained NAIKAN etymologically.
Very nice how you facilitated the group activity about the Woman who did 200 hours of Naikan. (It would have been nice to acknwoledge that she did though). I loved how you stated: “I get more and more out of it. It's very powerful. There's a lot in there.” This makes an important manifestation about the CIT journey and reveals that we are learners, facilitators and participants alike. I also loved that you suggested a moment of silence here. This was great to acknowledge content and "the protagonist" of the NAIKAN practise.

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


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

Terry, you were amazing in creating a confidential atmosphere. Inspiring conversation, letting participants engage and acknowledge their replies. Amazing flow between the team and participants. I can repeat what I said in skill 1: Basically the whole connection, your humor, the leading of the course, your inspiring and orchestrating conversation has been outstanding.

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

You are a natural and your calm, peaceful voice transported the CP beautifully. I think it has been a beautiful practice and wrap-up for our group of CIT graduates. As facilitators we have to be flexible and mindful with time and participants. And I acknowledge that you had both when expressing my honest appreciation for the CP. For a basic CIT course the CP has been too fast and perhaps a bit overwhelming with too many CIT concepts, from my point of view though. In CIT’s analytical meditation you will find one concept be dominant in order to cultivate that concept. For skill 6 it would be either gratitude or forgiveness. So, planting gratitude seeds is different from putting a great mix of all sorts of seeds and waiting what will grow.

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

I have nothing more to suggest than what I mentioned in the respective feedback above.

Do you recommend this facilitator to become certified?Yes
Entry DateNovember 12, 2020