29619 CIT Practicum Feedback Forms 071820 – Compassionate Integrity Training
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Facilitator-in-Training NameYaffa Maritz
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Evaluator(s)Jennifer Valtos and Rebecca Koch
Date of Session05/14/2019
SkillSkill 7: Empathic Concern
How well did the facilitator lead the group and create a safe space? Please explain and give examples.

As "second up," more of the establishment/creation of a safe space fell to to other co-facilitator. Did very well maintaining safe space with inviting and welcoming presence. Began with a story about how CIT skills and lessons related to a retreat, and (limited) personal interjections do help participants see facilitators as a fellow traveler with whom they can relate.

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

Very well, especially when circling back (as promised) with a participant on a question about empathic distress vs. compassion fade when that slide was reached. Very good explanation of the compassion fade phenomenon and how increased numbers of people in need of assistance impact empathy. Good lead-in to the difference between empathic distress and empathic concern, with a caveat about how concern can become distress.

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

It's very difficult to do the introductions to the exercises in this setting when we are not actually taking the time to do them. In general, FITs are having a hard time introducing the activity rather than describing it.

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.

Excellent work with "global CIT approach," taking empathic distress back to the body and the sensations there...and consequent behavior...asking participants where and how in our bodies do we feel empathy distress, including a listing of the ways in which empathic distress can manifest. Very good circling back to the skills that can help us manage empathic distress. Very good demonstration of empathy (hand to heart) when listening to a participant share a story about a difficult situation.

Very good response to a participant's somewhat challenging statement, saying that you had no insight to give. Very authentic, real and brave.

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 asked participants about their impressions of the meaning of Sympathetic Joy before launching into (very good) illustrations of your own experiences with withholding sympathetic joy. Could perhaps have been more specific in describing the relevance of Endearment as a supercharged form of gratitude that builds into empathy.

Entry DateMay 17, 2019