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|Facilitator-in-Training Name||Mara Burghard|
|Evaluator(s)||Jennifer Valtos and Rebecca Koch|
|Date of Session||05/15/2019|
|Skill||Skill 7: Empathic Concern|
|How well did the facilitator lead the group and create a safe space? Please explain and give examples.|
Very well. Warm and welcoming presence. Co-facilitators who are second (or third) in line are at somewhat of a disadvantage in an assessment of "creating" as safe space; however, you certainly maintained the safety of the space to which you were contributing. Great job going first to participants for their thoughts and reactions to slides, which signals their ideas and opinions are welcome. Provided thoughtful and affirming feedback to participants and co-facilitators throughout. Allowed space for a spin-off discussion that was crucial (but loooong), even though time is always of the essence. Cutting that conversation off would have not served the group well, so the choice to stay with it definitely honored the safety of the space.
|How well did the facilitator explain this Skill using the PowerPoint presentation? Please give examples.|
Overall, great use of slides as starting point for engaging group/participants. Amplified/supplemented definition of empathy with CIT-consistent explanation of the innate quality of empathy and the adaptiveness of empathetic behaviors.
|How well did the facilitator explain and lead the activities in this Skill? Please explain and give specific examples.|
Overall, 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.|
The hugely important step of going to participants for input first (and last) was well done overall. Turned to participants for examples of affective empathy and excellent follow-up pointing out how natural "feeling with" the child was. Made sensitive use of space in conversation to move on in instances where the opportunity was right. sked an interesting (and potentially insight-provoking) question about the kinds of emotions we feel when we're experiencing empathic distress.
|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.|
Go to group every time when introducing a new slide before sharing definitions or explanations. Follow up on participant questions (this was probably a "one off" since questions and input are easy to miss in the online setting; less likely to happen in live settings). Asked an interesting (and potentially insight-provoking) question about the kinds of emotions we feel when we're experiencing empathic distress, and could have been more effective if followed up and more feedback given to response it evoked.
|Entry Date||May 17, 2019|