29619 CIT Practicum Feedback Forms 071820 – Compassionate Integrity Training
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Facilitator-in-Training NameTerry Ayling
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Evaluator(s)Rebecca Koch and Jennifer Valtos
Date of Session05/21/2019
SkillSkill 8: Compassion
How well did the facilitator lead the group and create a safe space? Please explain and give examples.

In terms of providing participants with an equable presence, very well done. A calm, grounded affect is a noteworthy asset for a CIT facilitator to bring to the creation of a safe space. Generally, very welcoming and reassuring in tone. However, the sense of safety could have been compromised for observant Christian participants who could perceive the comparison of oneself to Christ (i.e., referring to yourself in sunlight as having "a Christ-like aura") as mockery of their beliefs. RK

Also, safety was compromised for women who may have felt belittled by hearing a woman in such a courageously and powerfully poised female figure, standing in opposition to police clad in riot gear, ultimately praised by the facilitator as someone he’d “like to have a dance with.”

You are have such a great presence and facility for this work that I would hate to see your effectiveness compromised for female participants.

RK note: Just so you know, this is real a teachable moment for me, observing you say something as a CIT facilitator that I could easily have said myself and, as I said, found very amusing. I can have a very irreverent sense of humor (and a attachment to getting a laugh and, outside of CIT, and to tell the truth, I sometimes enjoy getting a laugh while getting in a dig at someone else's expense but, alas, I disclose too much ;0) and there's no telling how much forgiveness I have been granted by participants in my efforts to both facilitate and amuse :0/).

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

Masterful throughout, pulling participants back to the topics and hand and sequencing, in spite of a great deal of interference from a noticeably dysregulated co-facilitator. Can't really say enough about how compassionately and effectively you kept directing the conversation back on track. Reinforcing the CIT definition of "compassion as a motivation rather than as an action" as a thread throughout the slides was excellent.

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


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

Very good presentation of the Mindful Dialoges and Reflective Writing slides; among the best yet in terms of providing the instructions as you would with an actual group, then only giving enough description of the three components of compassion to transition to your debrief and tie-in with accountability for the week.

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

Overall, of the many well done aspects, the most exceptional was the ability to adapt and redirect the conversation time and again. The use of ancillary references (Brene Brown and Paul Gilbert) to the courage required to be compassionate was quite apt. Provided attentive and affirming responses to participant input, appropriately recapping and reinforcing its relevance to the topic at hand.

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.

See the first section above...it seemed better to leave it all in one place for context.

Do you recommend this facilitator to become certified?Yes
Entry DateMay 24, 2019