To be honest, during these times I continue to go back to the training we went through.
Reflecting back on our training, I did not know what to expect at first. To be honest, I was nervous it was going to be like many other trainings I have gone through. HOWEVER, it was not like any other.
This one was completely different.
When thinking back to the training, the biggest thing that stands out to me is the Bus Stop activity. During this activity, it allowed us to hear different opinions and discuss hard topics.
We had tough conversations but in a different way. In a way that allowed us to really listen and understand. There was a safe space to talk about things that are usually avoided with others, especially people we do not know that well.
In the training, there was never a time where people agreed 100%, however, we were able to have a strong conversation.
This allowed us to learn other opinions as well as strengthen our own. One of the powerful aspects of that exercise was the “I” statements. We were not able to raise our voices and we had to use “I” statements. This changed the exercise completely as well.
I have thought about this activity COUNTLESS times and have thought about how this could be used in a variety of ways. I am extremely grateful for this training and I would highly recommend it!
This is an experience I couldn’t be more grateful to have. It has opened my mind completely and really helped my Social Work path.
I will use it when I obtain employment in the future and in my everyday life!