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Tommie did an excellent job of leading the group and creating a safe space. He explained the concepts well and engaged the group in active dialogue. He was confident with himself and encouraging of the group.
He understood the concepts well and moved through the slides with ease.
Tommie demonstrated that he knew how to give the directions for the skits, and we had a very good discussion about the best way to do this activity. Tommie gave good directions for the "counting your thoughts" activity and we had a lot of fun with it.
Tommie showed that he understood how to set the exercises up and explain the "suggestions".
The contemplative practice was definitely a highlight, but I also want to highlight his general understanding of the material.
Unbelievably well, He is a real natural. He used a very soothing voice and paced the reading well. Everyone really enjoyed it.
With time, I'm sure Tommie will rely less on his notes and learn to explain the material just a little more concisely. Although with this group it was fine, with a less advanced group he might lose them. The general rule of thumb we use in CIT is to talk no more than 10 minutes before engaging the group in an activity or dialogue as that is about the amount of time people can listen attentively before they start to become distracted. He is clearly enthusiastic about the material and motivated to make the concepts as clear as possible.
Very impressive leadership skills.