29619 CIT Practicum Feedback Forms 071820 – Compassionate Integrity Training
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Facilitator-in-Training NameBarbara Homann
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Evaluator(s)Rebecca Koch and Charlie Barker
Date of Session11/05/2020
SkillSkill 5: Impartiality and Common Humanity
How well did the facilitator lead the group and create a safe space? Please explain and give examples.

Barbara led the group very well and created a safe space, welcoming, inviting the group to "check in" and focused on the question: Why Impartiality and common humanity. She elicited great responses, one being a "bridge" from self-compassion to compassion for others. ~CB

Good work going to the group for first input and reflecting it back to them. ~RK

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

Very good job. For example, Barbara, along with Rossy did a great job with the Group Activity "Hi, who are you" exercise. This really exemplified the rest of the skill presentation by both Barbara and Rossy combining and rotating very well during the Skill presentation. ~CB

Good use of opening slides to provide a review of skills shared to date. Good check-in, emphasizing use of skills including a reminder about the Resilient (aka OK) Zone.

Good use of the Jewish Holocaust to illustrate the good/evil judgments about people that can be caused by the Thinking Trap of Essentialism. Good use of the Civil Rights Movement as a way to reduce the harmful effects of Essentialism.

Good explanation of friends/stranger/enemy slide and how those roles can shift, including a personal story about how the current political climate has catalyzed some of those shifts.

Nice explanation of Earth Impartiality slide involving time zones and the amount of sunlight various parts of the Earth get based on the relative proximity to the sun.

Good going to the group first on Common Humanity slide (and practice that cultivates a sense of safe space throughout a class). It was open enough to encourage sharing and allow a good segue into the CIT definition. ~RK

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

As above. In addition, Barbara did a great job of "walking" everyone through the Common Humanity Break Out Group. Explanation on target. Also did a great job with a shortened "Just like me" contemplative practice. ~CB

Good debrief and reflecting input following “Who are you?” exercise.

Good enthusiasm in the introduction of the Breakout, which is a great way to encourage engagement.

Good prompts for the first story about one of the pictured individuals in the Common Humanity stories breakout. ~RK

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.

Really did a nice job overall. Exceptional with Common Humanity slides and Break Out exercise. Also worked superbly with her co-facilitator. 😊 ~CB

Very nice job relating aspects of Common Humanity (and lack thereof) to current events in an objective (or, apropos to Skill 5, objective) manner.

Nice invitation to close the session with participants sharing a word or phrase that is standing out for them as a result of the Skill 5 material. ~RK

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

Softening the voice can be helpful when reading CPs; it’s also helpful to develop a “tell” when providing the next portion of a CP following prolonged silences (such as beginning them with a soft “And…”). ~RK

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

Reading verbatim from her own PPT Notes at the beginning. Over time this will improve as she begins to embody the material and CIT definition of terms. Overall WELL DONE! ~CB

When explaining the first exercise, the example answers to the “Who are you?” question were far more advanced than people typically provide in the opening round (and more akin to those we tend to hear after the last round). Better to start with more typical first round examples (I’m a mother/sister/wife/aunt/occupation, etc.)

Typically, we do not make people change their answers to the “Who are you?” question until the final bonus round (after they’ve developed a little complacency that they’ll be able to keep using the same easy answers the first two rounds). That way, they have to dig deeper into who they are and the roles they play.

Could have been a bit more invitational when asking group to share their friend/stranger/enemy stories.

Good prompts for first story about one of the pictured individuals in the Common Humanity exercise, but never really gave the group a chance to respond and provide their thoughts before going to co-facilitator for her thoughts.

May have used a bit more time that was actually available on the first slide; never provided instructions for the breakout activity.

Used stacked questions, which tend to shut down input, following Common Humanity breakout.

Overall, good command of the material; the other aspects will improve with practice. ~RK

Do you recommend this facilitator to become certified?Yes
Entry DateDecember 20, 2020