The most important use of the star is as a way of discussing and reflecting on the course on the final day. We talk through each point, thinking about where the participant was at the beginning of the course and how far they got by the end. All the ‘before’ marks join up to make a shape as do the ‘after’ marks. The ‘after’ shape is always bigger, but each participant makes progress at a different rate. The one shown here is fairly typical.
In this final discussion we talk about how each skill has an impact on how life works and how the new skills they have learnt are like muscles, if they don’t work at them they disappear. We also discuss how much easier they become with practice. Sometimes even by mid week our participants are already relating the skills they are learning on the course to dealing with their own personal challenges at home.