San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This 4-day intensive will provide trainees with an in-depth understanding of how to implement the VOEG curriculum at prisons, jails and re-entry sites. Topics to be covered are:
- An in-depth explanation of the VOEG curriculum learning units: Crime Impact Statement, Self as Victim, Cycle of Offense, Forgiveness, Impact on Victims, Facilitated Dialogue with Victim Panel, Relapse Prevention, Debrief and Goodbye
- How to facilitate VOEG assignments in a small-group setting including opportunities for Trainees to facilitate a simulated VOEG group that consists of prisoners and/or other attendees as group members who are processing personal accounts of the VOEG Exercises
- Overview of how to assess the culture of an institution or organization in order to target the appropriate decision-maker to approach regarding program start-up and implementation, and to tailor the VOEG implementation process so that it can be assimilated into daily operations and security protocols while addressing needs of specific populations
- Understanding and managing the developmental stages of VOEG including pre-screening interviews, starting a new group, establishing trust, development of the group agreements, managing difficult group members including those with a mental health diagnoses, how to sync survivor and prisoner stories on the day of the dialogues, and extensive advanced small-group facilitation opportunities
- Overview of how to establish the VOEG Program at New Sites
- Explanation of professional documentation to be presented to new sites
- Professional evaluation by IPP Lead VOEG Facilitator/Trainer
Completion of our Phase 1: Basic Victim Offender Education Group (VOEG) Training.
Training Rate - $500
A limited number of partial scholarships are available, with preference given to formerly incarcerated persons. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please give thoughtful consideration to what you can afford and complete the application with a specific dollar request.
Once you are selected to attend the training, payment in full is 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.