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Overall, very well. Very warm, engaging and welcoming demeanor, all of which are of great importance in creating a safe space. The use of the DSM as a brief "counter example" of what we do in CIT was excellent reinforcement that CIT is not therapy and is focused on strength not weakness. Referred back to the need to create/maintain a safe space when setting up/explaining RW/MD exercise. Good affirmation of participant feedback, which is another way of creating a safe space (ensuring people feel their input in welcome and valued).
Allowed PPt to guide the presentation of skills and concepts. Largely went to participants first when PPt introduced new concept.
Very well. A few refinements needed for "hand rubbing" activity: We are not necessarily looking for pleasant or neutral sensations during this activity, just sensations (some might be unpleasant, like the tensing of shoulders or the burn in the triceps). Also, we are not looking only to increase sensation vocabulary but sensation awareness.
Did well referring back to Tracking and Resourcing when explaining Grounding, and including how natural it is for us to engage in various grounding practices even unconsciously and how often we do it. Provided good reminder that one of the benefits of Grounding (as well and Tracking and Resourcing) is that, when needed, we can do it any time in our minds and do it surreptitiously, without anyone even knowing we're doing it.
Provided an excellent setup in Skill 1 for use of RW and MD through the rest of the course, including the behaviors needed for active listening.
Using the DSM as an example of what CIT is not was excellent. Could provide a bit more detail here, e.g., DSM focused on detecting and defining the symptoms of mental/emotional illness and dysfunction to "fix" people, while CIT is focused on defining, detecting and developing skills that are natural to us all and promote wellbeing and flourishing...but overall this was a great way to start out.
Of note for next time, it's important that the whole program be set up/overviewed during Skill 1 when presenting Slide 1. It needn't involve great detail; just the three Series and the uniqueness of CIT's systems skills in Series III (better to not include so much detail about the Resilient Zone in the opening slides).
Remember to set up Accountability Partner practice when setting up MD exercise.
Remember to have participants get up and move and try out different positions when introducing Grounding.