Reentry Lived Experience is an Evidence Based Practice.
This is a training for people that think they don’t need it. If you or your organization employs people of color, or you provide services to people of color, this training is for you.
During this training we will cover a variety of trauma specific topics, like Vicarious Trauma and the different forms of microaggressions against people of color.
For example, asking a Black person if they play basketball because he or she may be tall, or asking a Black female can you touch her hair because it is long and shiny or super curly, either way, that’s not okay.
Or maybe something was intended to be a joke, and is funny to some, but not everyone in the office will find it funny. Whether or not it was meant to be offensive, the incident has offended and or hurt someone’s feelings.
Studies show that trauma that is left untreated, can lead to mental or even physical health issues. In the wake of the death of George Floyd, many organizations, private practices, school systems and employers have started to request specialized training on how to provide services to and work alongside people of color.
For decades, the day to day life experience in America has been very traumatic for African Americans. By witnessing traumatic events like shootings and or arrests that end with assaults by police, on tv and or social media, African Americans are often reminded that color does matter. It doesn't take much, it can be a subtle incident that happened at work, school, or on the way home, just another reminder that your color does matter.
Despite the level of education, employment, and or status in the community, this trauma is still very real in the lives of people of color. With the recent increase of race related violence in the country, stress related health issues have also increased for people of color. In a country that has a notorious history of systemic racism, we have gotten to a place where many educators and leaders are no longer willing to look the other way about racism.
Many are willing to acknowledge we have to look at this issue of systemic racism as a problem for the whole country and not just people of color. Black Lives Matter is not just a hashtag, it must be an action by all people for systemic change to really be effective. This is a full day or a half day training. The full day training offers room activities and group dialogue.
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*CECs available upon request.
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Forensic Peer Support
This is a four to five day training that teaches individuals the role of a Forensic Peer Support Specialist. The goal of this program is to teach individuals how to support people during their involvement in the Criminal Justice System. This is a certificate program for individuals who are already trained and Certified as Recovery Coaches or Recovery Support Specialist, that are looking to further enhance their skills and to be able to work with and assist recently Justice Involved individuals.
Promote Recovery Principles including Self-Advocacy.
No more than 25 people per training at a time.
Why Race Matters
Most employees dread the thought of attending the yearly cultural competency training that is required by the employer or licensing body. Most of the time, people leave these types trainings disappointed that their time was wasted. This is usually a missed opportunity to facilitate any real conversation that could better the organization and the people in it.
This is a full day workshop that explores our knowledge and awareness of the history of racism and how this history has shaped our social and cultural identity, our power structures, and our institutions; including the criminal justice system. The facilitators will share their personal experiences with racism and offer strategies to unmask, dismantle, and eradicate racism in personal, interpersonal, institutional and cultural realms.
We have developed a training that is engaging and will give participants an opportunity to ask questions and to share things about themselves and as they learn about the cultures of their fellow coworkers.
*CECs available upon request.
Urban Trauma 101
Urban trauma is a term commonly heard but rarely discussed in formal settings. This form of trauma is probably the most misdiagnosed or undiagnosed trauma. A study from the American Psychological Association showed how chronic stress is a“long term form of stress, derived from unending feelings of despair/hopelessness, as a result of factors such as poverty, family dysfunction, feelings of helplessness, and/or traumatic early childhood experiences. "Our goal with this workshop is to show how individuals who are directly impacted by urban trauma can be unaware. We offer attendees an opportunity to learn how easily one can become numb to the violence, as if it’s just another day in the hood.
Our Educational Objectives :
1. Define the Urban of Trauma experience.
2. Connect UrbanTrauma to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, while using real-life experiences and ACES study.
3. Acquaint trainees with a specific urban trauma lived experience story.
4. Linking Urban Trauma to intergenerational PTSD, addiction and Incarceration.
5. Understand long term physical, emotional and psychological impacts on individuals, families and communities.
*CECs available upon request.
SOUP: Success Options Under Pressure:
SOUP is one of our signature workshops that we are very proud to offer to many diverse populations. SOUP was originally created for individuals leaving incarceration. This is a one day workshop that can be broken up into six sessions for Returning Citizens, Peer Employees, or the General Public. The basis of this workshop is to get attendees to understand that things happen that the best planning could not prevent. In this workshop we teach attendees to understand the philosophy around the "pebbles and the boulders"; the boulders are things you can see and plan for, however, it's the pebbles that trip us up. Whether you are being released from prison or struggling in your career , SOUP is for you. Just like in a soup recipe, there are different ingredients that make a soup delicious. There are different steps that will make you successful.
Come and try our Successful Options Under Pressure workshop, you will not look at life the same.
This workshop provides an insight into working with justice-involved individuals. Participants will not only learn what must be done when coming home, but also learn the difficulty and frustration that accompanies this process.
At the end of this training, participants will be able to:
• Gain a better understanding how the long-lasting effects of incarceration can play out in one’s life.
• Recognize numerous barriers returning citizens face upon release.
• Build relationships for clear communication about issues related to reentry, trauma, race, addiction, incarceration, and mental health.
This can be a full day or a half day workshop depending on the organizational need.
*CECs available upon request.
Persons In Recovery (PIR) Supporter are people who have lived experienced with mental illness, and or addiction. In their role as PIR Supporters, they use their personal experiences, along with relevant training and supervision, to facilitate, guide, and mentor another person’s recovery journey. This is done by instilling hope, role modeling recovery, and supporting people in their own efforts to reclaim meaningful and self-determined lives in the communities of their choice. This is why we call them Game Changers and in this training, attendees are reminded of the importance of their role. We also cover the importance of good PIR leadership. Many organizations have PIR employees but are not sure of the best way to supervise them. This is a common problem heard across the country. Game Changers brings PIR and Supervisors together in order to form a strong professional relationship and teaches one about the other. The goal of this workshop is to create good PIR leaders, whether the individual identifies as a person in recovery or not.
This workshop varies based on organizational need.
All of our trainers use their lived experience as a teaching tool .
Working Behind the Wall:
This training is designed to help participants conceptualize and understand the effects of traumatic stress on inmates and staff, ways to alter narratives which inform the work of people in correctional settings, and how to use simple tools to develop awareness and cope with the effects of working in these environments.
In adult correctional facilities, Correctional Officers (COs) are responsible for the safety and security of the facility in addition to aiding in offender rehabilitation and preventing recidivism. COs experience higher rates of job stress and burnout that stem from organizational stressors, leading to negative outcomes for not only the CO but the organization as well. Effective interventions could aim at targeting organizational stressors in order to reduce these negative outcomes as well as COs’ job stress and burnout.
This can be a full or a half day workshop depending on organizational need.
We specialize in working with men who have involvement with the criminal justice system. We also work with the families of incarcerated individuals who want to understand what to expect when their loved one returns from incarceration.
Our well-rounded program includes lessons in child development, communication, discipline, family history, men’s health, co-parenting, and more.
This fatherhood program is from the National Fatherhood Initiative. 24/7 Dad, is an evidence-based program for dads and taught by dads.
This “flagship fatherhood curriculum is used by thousands of organizations across the country to train fathers to be involved, responsible, and committed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week".
This is a 12 session program with a certificate upon completion.