1. Discussion Questions- Description: This activity provides discussion questions, for your group or individual consideration, around some topics raised in these exercises.
2. Iceberg Identity Exercise - Summary: This activity, done individually or in your group, invites you to reflect on different aspects of your identity that inform how you experience and are seen in the world. You’ll need paper and pen to complete it.
3. Cultural Connection Conversation Starters - Description: This exercise invites your group to explore traditions of significance and to connect across differences.
4. Burnout Questionnaire - Summary: This questionnaire is designed to help you self-assess your level of burnout. It does not replace the need for professional assessment or support.
5. Develop a Burnout Scale - Summary: This exercise walks you through the creation of a personalized burnout and restoration scale. The scale is a tool that can help you better notice and prevent significant stress and burnout in your sponsorship year. This exercise can be done as a group or individually. You will need to print off or draw the graduated scale below.
6. Responding to Burnout - Summary: This resource offers 1) a set of questions you can ask to prevent burnout on an individual level and 2) a set of institutional conditions that help prevent burnout.
7. Create a Group Contract - Summary: This exercise asks you to reflect on, and then discuss, your expectations of, goals for, and contributions to the group. It then outlines steps to create a contract.
8. Communication Styles Activity - Description: This activity invites your group to experience different communication styles through an interactive game.
9. Avoid conflict escalation:: Take the pulse of the conversation - Summary: This resource is adapted from Motivational Interviewing (Miller & Rollnick, 2013). It provides a tool to help you avoid conflict escalation and the buildup of resentment. This informational resource can be easily read individually.
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10. Honouring self-determination in conflicts - Summary: This exercise asks you to reflect on, and then discuss, a challenging settlement situation that might arise during your sponsorship year. It then provides some tools to help you navigate and prevent conflict.
11. Ask open-ended questions before responding - Description: Open-ended questions allow the respondent to take the question in whichever direction they choose, and as a result, enable you to answer more thoughtfully. Closed questions are not bad or wrong, and can even be more accessible to newcomers when you’re using interpretation. Yet they are designed to yield short answers and therefore might not provide you with as much context as open questions.
12. Check for understanding before giving feedback or advice - Description: A simple way to demonstrate that you have been listening and to get a fuller picture of the situation is to check for understanding.
13. Support informed decision-making using Elicit-Provide-Elicit (EPE) - Description: EPE is a way of providing information. Taken from Motivational Interviewing (Miller & Rollnick, 2013), EPE invites you to 1) ask for input and consent before providing any information about options, and 2) check for understanding and feedback after you’ve provided the information. This enables you to share your expertise on ESL, job prospects, etc. without going against the newcomer’s wishes.
14. Respecting Privacy and Confidentiality - Summary: This exercise invites you to work through several scenarios that can and have arisen around privacy and confidentiality. It is best done in a group.