San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Phase 1: Basic Victim Offender Education Group (VOEG) Facilitator Training
This is the starting point for all trainees seeking an understanding of IPP's philosophy, methodology and facilitation model, specifically the VOEG curriculum. This training will offer in-depth exposure and training in the following concepts and skills:
- Overview of Restorative Justice and IPP philosophy, methodology and facilitation model
- Introduction, explanation demonstration of IPP facilitation techniques
- Summary overview of the purpose of the VOEG Curriculum
- Personal opportunities to complete some VOEG exercises and process them in a group setting as well as to facilitate a simulated VOEG group with an IPP Lead VOEG Facilitator/Trainer
- Participation at a VOEG Survivor Intensive in which survivors of severe and violent crime give their Victim Impact Statements and answer trainee questions about how to effectively locate and work with survivors to support healing and personal transformation
- When available, participation at a 1-Day intensive training conducted by VOEG graduates who are prisoners at a local State Prison. Participants must pass a CDCR background check to participate in this day of the training.
VOEG Volunteer Facilitators Needed for Upcoming Groups at Pelican Bay State Prison in Cresent City, CA
We are excited to announce that we will be starting Victim Offender Education Groups (VOEG) at Pelican Bay State Prisons this fall. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer facilitator (an 18 month to 2-year commitment), please complete the application below and contact JSarah Calhoun at Sarah@InsightPrisonProject.org.
Significant discounts and/or full scholarships will be provided to participants willing to volunteer at Pelican Bay State Prison.
Once you are selected to attend the training, IPP will send you a bill with payment in full required 30 days prior to the training date in order to hold your space in the training. If you cancel 21 days or more in advance you will receive a full refund minus a $25 service charge. If you cancel with 20 days or less notice, you are not entitled to a cash refund. However, as a courtesy, we will allow you to apply your payment toward a future IPP training within one year from the date you cancel. Please note that if you do not attend and you do not cancel as described above, you are responsible for the entire payment. Please also note that we can not guarantee that another training will be offered during that year.
When & Where
Insight Prison Project
IPP was founded in 1997 with one class for 14 male prisoners at San Quentin State Prison. Today, IPP offers unique and effective restorative justice programs for men, women, and youth at 13 state prisons, one federal prison, three county jails, several reentry facilities, and one juvenile institution. Our core program is the Victim/Offender Education Group (VOEG), which includes a 52+ week curriculum that was designed by licensed mental health therapists in collaboration with survivors of violent crimes and incarcerated offenders. IPP provides highly trained facilitators and creates a space with VOEG that allows victims and offenders an opportunity to work together, which dramatically aids in the healing process for everyone involved and enhances public safety by greatly reducing recidivism. In addition to VOEG, Insight Prison Project offers a certified violence prevention class, critical thinking courses, professional crisis-intervention training, a therapeutic artistic ensemble, and pre-parole training. At San Quentin alone, IPP offers 24 regular core classes to approximately 300 prisoners for over 2,000 hours of self-development and self-management activities annually.