Insight Prison Project Programs
FACILITATOR AND LEADERSHIP TRAININGS
Incarcerated people who have successfully completed VOEG and Next Step are provided intensive trainings to become skilled peer facilitators of VOEG.
COMPLEMENTARY COURSE OFFERINGS
Next Step: This group is for prisoners who have graduated from the initial intensive VOEG program, who wish to continue the work of implementing and practicing the tools they have learned and apply them to their every day lives with each other, family and friends. Participants make a one year commitment to this program and are often called on to participate in dialogues and trainings with victims, victims rights groups, universities and other individuals and institutions wanting to learn about the VOEG process and restorative justice in corrections. Those who complete this year long commitment step up to become Stewards of VOEG. This program also invites the participants to give something back to their community in one way or another.
Inside Circle: This group creates environments in which prisoners can work and explore the issues in their lives that have prevented them from living up to their full potential. It primarily utilizes self-help discussion groups and creative writing techniques (such as journaling, autobiography, and poetry) to achieve the inner development necessary to become healthy contributing members of our society.
Men Creating Peace: This program offers an in-depth study into transforming violent behavior by helping participants to understand the origins of their anger, and then develop skills to track and manage strong impulses before acting on them. The ManAlive course is a Certified Domestic Violence Program.
The Work: This is a cognitive restructuring class wherein students learn to employ critical thinking to become aware of “self-talk” and to re-frame thinking errors that impact one’s emotional well-being and behavior. Based on the work of Bryon Katie and the notion that much of one’s thinking if left unexamined can be distorted or faulty, and what causes anger, upset or depression is most often how a person views and interprets circumstances.
Brothers’ Keepers - Crisis Intervention Training: Incarcerated people are professionally trained in crisis intervention and become part of a skilled response team. Members serve as peer-intermediaries for fellow prisoners who are suicidal, experiencing a mental health crisis, or other emotional or physical challenges that may otherwise go unnoticed. They are also uniquely trained to provide bedside care and vigil to those who are dying. This program is facilitated and supervised by The Humane Prison Hospice Project.
FISCALLY SPONSORED GROUPS
Acting with Compassion & Truth (ACT): This is a groundbreaking class—the first of its kind in the country—that consists of straight, gay, and transgender prisoners exploring critical issues of sexuality and gender identity, while building and expressing empathy for one another.
San Quentin Artistic Ensemble: The San Quentin Artistic Ensemble collaborates in creating original works of movement, music and theater. Through an intensive creative process, participants reflect upon their lives and communities, using their ideas and feelings to develop the work.
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