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I am only sorry Ann Marie 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.
Opened the session
You asked for a check-in on the skills/ practice so far demonstrating appropriate timing and setting a nice reflective tone while welcoming the folks to the session in a warm way with your smile and soft voice.
I witnessed you offering a sense of affirmation, active listening, and creating a space for reflections for your participants.
You asked for ‘one more’ of the participants to share (good sense of timing). Pru and Kaley both started talking at the same time. After Kaley was finished, you invited Pru to share as well. (Good listening to the group as a whole, inviting those who were interrupted to share.
You seemed attentive to chat throughout the session and on occasion when you deemed it necessary, you acknowledged and included commentary from the chat messages
Overall, I felt that you did a great job of managing the slides for your first time taking on this challenging task, along side facilitating the content and all the other tasks involved in facilitating such a session demanding your attention and skills.
Handing over to you co-facilitator Alex was generally smooth, courteous and showed that you had clearly done your prep together prior to the session and this will only become even more natural with you facilitate more with as many co-facilitators as possible
I thought that you explained your slides and questions to your participants very clearly at nice pace and tone and allowed space for questions or clarifications if and when needed.
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.
We saw how you introduced the empathy line activity in a clear, supportive way before passing it nicely to Alex to continue and you went into support mode straight away.
Not applicable for this team during skill 7
Your affective empathy example relating to the fact that dogs also demonstrate affective empathy; clear description of concept. Demonstrated a great understanding of the content in a relatable manner. On a number of occasions you somehow managed to remember comments from participants and make reference to them being shared earlier in the session. I think this demonstrated great active listening but also valuing comments being made and encouraging others to share for the benefit of the whole group to connect to the skills using their own examples
The way you managed to summarize and wrap-up many of the discussions that followed the activities or slides, for example, after the empathy line activity. You seemed to be inviting, listening, reflecting and encouraging the participants to add their comments and reactions.
You explained the data slides around empathic fade etc in an engaging and informative manner and managed to keep the participants interested even through they were seeing these slides most likely for the second or third time. I think you gauged the flow and emphasized the important points very well. I also felt that you facilitated the discussion to follow these slides very well and encouraged honest reflections and insights based on how the participants could relate to the data and information presented in the slides.
I believe that this team chose not to facilitate the skill 7 CP in the interest of time.
While explaining and making reference back to the earlier skills, it might also be useful to have them seen on the screen to jog participants memories and show the connections and structure to the overall scaffolding to the training.
There was just one example where I believe you introduced the slide, concept and definition without necessarily asking the participants for their interpretation of understanding of the concept was.
I would echo what Kaley recommended in the feedback to play around with the presenter mode and try to share just the window with the slides so the participants cannot see your toolbars but this is a minor detail and easily resolved and adjusted.
It appeared as though you were going to be leading the CP but the session seemed to be running right out of time, I would have personally loved to have seen and experienced you leading this CP that you had prepared but but I know that there will be plenty more opportunities.