29619 CIT Practicum Feedback Forms 071820 – Compassionate Integrity Training
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Facilitator-in-Training NameKathe Lehman-Meyer
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Evaluator(s)Rebecca Koch and Charlie Barker
Date of Session12/10/2020
SkillSkill 9: Appreciating Interdependence
How well did the facilitator lead the group and create a safe space? Please explain and give examples.

Great "ice-breaker" with holiday tradition that connect with CIT skills leading to compassion to self and others….nice…and sets a safe space to express. Kathe set the tone for remembering Skill 1 components if and when the need to calm the body and mind arises during this particular skill set. ~CB

Agreed. Lovely ice breaker that brought warm memories of “the ghost of safe spaces past” and transferred that sense of safety and warmth to our setting.

Good affirmation of participant responses, which adds to the cultivation of a sense of safety.

Good handoffs to partner, alleviated any awkwardness in transition that can detract from a sense of group safety.

Good introduction of next week’s facilitators, with adds to a sense of safety in knowing what to expect. ~RK

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

Kathe did a good job of explaining Skill 9 by using the slides applicable to her sections of the skill facilitated with Barbara – the intro slides, what would a peaceful world look like slides and pulling in the CP slide for her CP meditation all good use of CIT slides to enhance the received knowledge and to begin embodiment. ~CB

Good overview of the three CIT series appearing on the “most famous slide in CIT,” which lists all 10 skills along with the three series. ~RK

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

Kathe did a good job explaining and walking participants through Part I Breakout exercise – identifying a system to consider. She added a wonderful ending to Skill 9 with a CP, which really helped to contemplate the complexity of what was just facilitated about systems, not an easy skill to facilitate and which can lead to some disturbance of mind and body. Nice calming ending. ~CB

Asking participants to name various systems and providing a brief summary of them was a good way to lead into naming systems for the breakout session.

Provided clear instructions. ~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.

Kathe did an exceptional job with introduction, with Part I Breakout, and the added CP meditation. ~CB

Shared a story that evoked a person’s own healthcare history as a system and/or reminded us that an individual person can also be viewed as a system (and a complex one at that).

Jumped in to alleviate a silence that became uncomfortable following a question asked by her partner. Good teamwork; also contributes to a sense of safety. ~RK

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

An added "gift" to the participants. Nice job. KUDOS. ~CB

Good tone (but a bit rushed, probably due to the shortness of scheduled time still available to us). Consistent with CIT concepts. ~RK

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

Could have drawn the group in more by leaving enough space between the question "What do you think?" and her own expression of thoughts. For example, with "What do you think a peaceful world would look like?" A good question following an extensive analysis of what a violent world looks like with its expression and causes. Overall excellent job. KUDOS. ~CB

It’s a good idea to ask questions to check understanding of Breakout activity before sending participants into group.

Take care not to single out or call out participants to provide input (even if providing them with a face saving/pre-defined right to pass).

There’s a question at the top of the owl slide (Slide #4) that askes “Why do we need to understand systems?” This provides a wonderful invitation to participants to answer it – yet they weren’t given a chance to provide their thoughts on that question.

Positive Peace section was given a bit of a short shrift. Very helpful to include that model as an antithetical perspective to the conventional one we’ve been using for the last several hundred (or more) years. ~RK

Entry DateDecember 21, 2020