29619 CIT Practicum Feedback Forms 071820 – Compassionate Integrity Training
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Facilitator-in-Training NameCasey Valencia
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Evaluator(s)Jennifer Valtos and Rebecca Koch
Date of Session05/15/2019
SkillSkill 7: Empathic Concern
How well did the facilitator lead the group and create a safe space? Please explain and give examples.

Very well indeed. Warm and welcoming introduction. Providing participants with instructions on how to provide input reduced confusion and doubt, thereby creating some of the conditions needed for a safe space. Additionally, asking for participant input regarding images/definitions on slides signals that their ideas and opinions are welcome, as does affirming feedback (such at that to a participant who shared how hurtful some experiences of bias have been for her personally). Overall, very good presence and command of material (and competence also helps create a space in which participants feel safe).

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

Very good intro, asking for participant input, to their thoughts and reactions to endearment (mother/child) slides. Outstanding trigger warning to "Dragon Mom" story, including referring to Skill 1 tools as helpful in dealing with any strong emotions the story can prompt. Great debrief, taking a few minutes to let participants ground. Good use of metaphor (ball/ball pit) to describe compassion fade.

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

This has been difficult for all participants in this setting. Setting up an activity and then doing a simulated debrief, without actually doing the activity (since much of explaining an activity is in the doing of it) is understandably hard to do. Engaged participants well when introducing activity.

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.

As mentioned, exceptional intro with reminders to participants of how to participate using Zoom tools, etc. Great engagement of participants in and definition of Endearment slide. Affirming feedback to participants (especially in bias-related sharing). Excellent metaphor comparing compassion fade for increasing numbers of people to ball and ball pit.

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.

In this setting, focus on introducing and debriefing simulated activity, rather than describing or doing activity (such as reading Dragon Mom). Rushed and moved on after excellent ball pit metaphor, which deserved more input from group to possibly increase their insight. Perhaps give participants a reminder after Dragon Mom that they can take a break or connect with a co-facilitator after that.

Entry DateMay 17, 2019