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 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.

With Kathe, Barbara led the group very well and created a safe space, welcoming and inviting easing into the OWL slide and introducing the concept of discernment when committing to compassionate action. ~CB

Some affirmation of participant input and phrasing, which communicates their thoughts are both welcome and important, and is key to cultivating a sense of safety.

Good acknowledgment of partner’s input when handing off; a sense of camaraderie between facilitators also adds to the establishment of a safe space.

Several instances of referencing previous participant input, which adds to the sense of being welcome and valued as a member of the group.

Authentic sharing about the difficulty of finding time to prepare with your co-facilitator also can serve to create a sense of transparency, which contributes to a sense of safety. ~RK

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

Very good job. The OWL slide introductory description, what is interdependence and the MLK audio slide done beautifully. She did a good job with Part II Breakout on Systems analysis of potential harms and benefits. ~CB

Agreed. Good overview of owl slide.

Provided a good example of a system (applicant tracking systems) that can cause hard and provide benefits. Perhaps more detail than needed before sending them into groups, which cuts into the time a group has in breakout together. Debrief provided a good segue into the iceberg slide. ~RK

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

As above with Part II Breakout. ~CB

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

Barbara did a good job with description of the final RW and MD and the "rules of the road." ~CB

Provided clear instructions, including a reminder about finding and meeting with accountability partners. ~RK

How well did the facilitator lead the Contemplative Practice? Please explain and give specific examples. N/A.

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

Really did a nice job overall. Exceptional by actually showing MLK audio, a very nice "break" and point of inspiration for FIT participants. Very nice job with the Causes and Conditions of Violence in systems. ~CB

Good segue into Interdependence breakout using participant feedback about a family being an interdependent unit and then defining a family as a system.

Good going to group for definition and thoughts on interdependence. ~RK

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


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

Could have given more space for participants to contribute thoughts before going on to "next slide." A complex skill to facilitate and for participants to learn. MD/RW description could have included the actual questions, which would have given FIT participants a better sense of what the RW and MD is all about. Overall, WELL DONE! Thank you. ~CB

Make going to participants first a priority.

In the examples provided for the iceberg slide:
• Prejudice is an example of cultural violence (not structural; apartheid and slavery were correctly identified as forms of structural violence).
o Cultural violence is made of the beliefs and values that allow structural violence that is maintained by governments, societies, etc.
• The caste system is a form of structural violence (not cultural violence) as is domination by males in law or practice.
o The cultural belief that some classes of are inherently better than others and some classes inherently inferior to others created the caste system structure

NOTE: It is often helpful to participant to have a single example of a cultural belief or value that creates violent/repressive structures, that support/lead to violence aimed at individuals. For instance, the direct violence that was perpetrated against Jews in Nazi Germany was supported by the structure of the Nazi government that allowed for Jews’ property to be seized and for Jews to lose their rights and freedoms and ultimately, their lives was based on the cultural violence stemming from a belief in the malicious nature of Jews and valuing their lives to a far lesser degree than the lives of non-Jewish Germans.

A focus on serving participants’ understanding over what we want to get across can be the most effective approach.

Overall, good understanding of material.

Do you recommend this facilitator to become certified?Yes
Entry DateDecember 21, 2020