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Taya was very welcoming and open at the beginning of the session and helped put folks at ease from the start. The explanation of the guidelines was well done by the whole team.
The slides were used in an appropriate manner to help facilitate conversation and keep the session moving the way it was intended. The slides were used to enhance dialogue and conversation and help participants understand the concepts by putting words and pictures together for greater understanding.
The sensation activity was explained clearly and the instructions were well understood.
You are authentic and that shines through in your facilitation. This also helps others feel like they can be authentically themselves. As you become even more familiar with the material I think this will grow even more.
Try to ask questions to start a section rather than starting with a definition or what is on the slide. We want folks to come to their own conclusions about the material. Safe (and welcoming) spaces are also created when participants are invited to share their thoughts at the introduction of each new concept. Overall, this was accomplished and there were places participants could have been better engaged in the introduction of new slides/concepts.
Ask questions of the participants to help draw out their thoughts and impressions.
Side note, especially on skill 1, try to share with folks that the information comes from the trauma resource institute and the work of Elaine Miller Karas and the community resiliency model. We partner with Elaine regularly so it is nice to give her that shout out.