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Very well indeed. As the opening facilitator for this session, Gwen's presence was friendly, calm, welcoming and engaging. The use of the phrase, "We're really interested in hearing from you" could only have made participants feel valued and that their input is important.
Again, very well indeed. Summarized the program well using the opening "skill build" slide and then used it to invite reflection by asking participants' input regarding the reason CIT finishes with engaging with discernment. Also used the Four Steps to Engaging with Discernment slide very effectively. See more wrt specifics in comments below.
NA this time (activities were led by co-facilitators)
Did a wonderful job tying components in this session with concepts and skills presenting in previous sessions.
From Michael's post session comments: Great job pointing out that deciding which tools participants decide to use from the CIT toolbox is also a form of discernment.
When it came to picking up with Step 3 of engaging with discernment, Gwen was brilliant in sharing a real-life story regarding how she had applied the four steps of engaging with discernment with a coaching client, allowing the client to explore next steps to be taken in responding to a situation with a colleague. The example provided participants with the opportunity to understand why CIT defines compassion as a motivation and attaches it to having the integrity to engage (take action) with discernment.
As a side - but quite germane - note, participants have occasionally become a bit stuck on their definition of compassion as "empathy in action," and not as a motivation that leads to action; that compassion necessarily produces action. I think that this story could help illustrate the reason CIT defines compassion as a motivation and implies that true compassionate action can only occur after taking the four steps of engaging with discernment.
NA for this session
There were none evident in this session.
Overall, from Michael's post-session comments, there are some caveats for facilitators in general with regard to Skills 9 and 10. Chiefly, it is important to know that delving into the fears and aspirations of the various groups/individuals identified for consideration can be quite triggering for some participants. Given that possibility, it is important for facilitators to be alert for signs of dysregulation and prepared to intervene/redirect by leading participants in tracking, resourcing and grounding as a way for them to return to the reslient zone. Michael also reminded us all that it can be important to caution participants that it is not possible to discern ALL the causes and concerns involved in a situation; however, in the attempt, we increase the likelihood that the action we take will be compassionate.