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|Facilitator-in-Training Name||Alexander Lewis|
|Evaluator(s)||Shane O'Connor and Kaley Hixson|
|Date of Session||11/17/2020|
|Skill||Skill 7: Empathic Concern|
|How well did the facilitator lead the group and create a safe space? Please explain and give examples.|
I am only sorry Alex that I wasn’t able to make it live to this weeks session where you co-faciltated clearly so professionally, competently and in such an interactive and informative manner. I am glad that I was able to look back at the recording as well as the chance to check in with both Kaley and Anja to write this feedback.
We all agreed that overall this was a great session. Participants were engaged, welcomed and encouraged to contribute and valued when they did. The session felt natural and was a genuine CIT learning experience for all! We each felt that you both demonstrated good teamwork and coordination and co facilitated in a professional and confident manner.
Alex, I felt that you oozed of calmness, confidence and a sense of encouragement throughout with your tone and style of facilitation and I felt that the participants responded to your instructions well and shared when you asked them to do so which says a lot really.
|How well did the facilitator explain this Skill using the PowerPoint presentation? Please give examples.|
For the Empathy slides, you asked the group what they thought of empathy before giving the definition; demonstrating clear signs of facilitation here not teaching and inviting participation from the group.
While facilitating the Cognitive Empathy slides and concepts, you presented a clear description and then invited participants to read the actually CIT definition, demonstrating group participation and interaction and allowing the participants to feel ownership and connection with the material in front of them.
|How well did the facilitator explain and lead the activities in this Skill? Please explain and give specific examples.|
You gave clear instructions for the empathy line activity.
Not only did we feel as a team that you facilitated the activities with clarity and skill but you also demonstrated that you were not afraid to share yourself while your co-facilitator was leading. For example, when you shared an answer to a couple of Alex’s questions showing that you were not afraid to lead from within the group in addition to when you had the facilitator hat on. It also showed that you were working as a cohesive team who supported one another when there was any period or prolonged silence in the group and where an intervention may have been required.
|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 with skill 7 as the facilitators did not choose to implement the MD and RW exercises with the skill
|What aspects of this Skill did you think the facilitator did exceptionally well? Please give examples.|
We all liked the fact that a clear instruction like when you invited the group to use the chat but asked them to do their best to keep their comments and contributions relevant. This demonstrates confidence but also shows leadership and good efficient facilitation.
|How well did the facilitator lead the Contemplative Practice in this Skill? Please explain and give specific examples.|
Not applicable here with skill 7 as the facilitators did not choose to implement the CP exercise with the skill
|What aspects of this Skill could the facilitator improve? Please give examples.|
All said, myself and the practicum facilitation team could certainly not find a whole lot to be improved from your facilitation of skill 7. The more familiar you become with the material and the flow of the slides, it is clear to me that you will also become more comfortable with moments where you may allow for more silence and for the participants to process what has just been said before moving on or interjecting with a prompt or another question. I would also encourage you as much as you possibly can to play around with the technology side of the facilitation process simply to familiarise yourself and get acquainted with sharing the slides and facilitating the material at the same time. This is certainly not a criticism but merely an encouragement. As well as of course, an additional encouragement to play around with facilitating the CP’s when given an opportunity.
|Do you recommend this facilitator to become certified?||Yes|
|Entry Date||November 24, 2020|