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|Facilitator-in-Training Name||Sherrill McKay|
|Evaluator(s)||Jennifer Valtos and Rebecca Koch|
|Date of Session||05/29/2019|
|Skill||Skill 9: Appreciating Interdependence|
|How well did the facilitator lead the group and create a safe space? Please explain and give examples.|
Calm, welcoming presence. Good introduction of co-facilitators, which contributes to the creation of a safe space, when participants know who will be serving to guide the presentation. The safety of the space can also enhanced by going to the group for input/impressions and potential definitions, since that conveys that all ideas and opinions are welcome. Also, sharing how the concept of interdependence has helped you personally better express your values is a good way to create affinity and connection with the group, and make their sharing safe, too. Providing input and back up to co-facilitators when they pose questions that aren't immediately picked up by the group also helps create a safe space by demonstrating that participants won't be left hanging, particularly when clarifying the unintended consequences of systems.
|How well did the facilitator explain this Skill using the PowerPoint presentation? Please give examples.|
Using a personal example of how interdependence, when presenting that slide, is a good way to provide a real world understanding of the concepts and skills. Provided good examples of how systems can both help and harm some groups. Also provided good amplification/examples of structural violence. Provided a good explanation of "peace wheel" slide.
|How well did the facilitator explain and lead the activities in this Skill? Please explain and give specific examples.|
Very good job picking up thread of MLK quote and and weaving it into the description of the Break Out activity and likely outcomes of participant input. Nicely done.
|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 presence you bring is welcoming and very assured in the material and your tendency to engage the group first is excellent. Excellent partnership with co-facilitators. You bring enough of yourself to be part of the group, doing the same work to incorporated the skills and values of CIT.
|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.|
Not much. Could have provided a description of the Break Out debrief but time was tight and it's difficult to stretch into the space remaining as the clock ticks down. Again, likely an issue of time running out, but would have been good to have an explanation of positive peace being more than just the absence of violence.
|Entry Date||June 3, 2019|