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This two-day workshop gives an introduction and opportunity to practice key skills for people returning from jails and prisons and the service providers who wish to offer better care. 

Gain marketable skills in trauma-informed practice, racial literacy, entrepreneurship, and advocacy arts. Become part of an ongoing online community of challenge and support.

Full scholarships available on request.

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September 23, 2021
12 - 3 PM EDT

12 PM


Basic Skills for Racial Literacy and Complex Trauma

The neurobiology of trauma interferes in everyday life. Counselors are storm riders who stay open and present. Whether your threshold for stimulation is low or high, we all need ways to listen and stay calm in a storm. This workshop offers three basic skills and agreements that we will need to keep our balance in the midst of complex trauma and racial stress encounters. We will learn:

  1. RESET 
    Take a beat. Find your feet. Gain the options of retreat. (Stop Drop and Roll)

    Ask a question about an object. Make the space for them to talk by looking away for a time.

    Let them take the lead when you speak. Model your non-aggressive bodily posture on theirs.

1 PM


Criminal Justice Impacted Addictions Counseling

​This workshop identifies and describes core commonalities between criminal behavior and addiction and offers participants insight into and approaches to providing substance use and addiction counseling services to people impacted by the criminal justice system. Addiction alone presents a complex and often challenging set of dynamics and needs for counselors to navigate. Criminal justice involvement presents an additional set of challenges that counselors and other support persons specializing in the addiction field are ill-prepared to address. Participants in this workshop will learn about the intersection between criminal and addictive behavior, special considerations for navigating recovery for justice impacted persons, and methods for reducing relapse and recidivism risk among justice-involved addiction patients/clients. We will learn about:

1. Treating addiction and criminal justice involvement as co-occurring phenomena

2. Understand the criminal justice system and its impact on recovery outcomes

3. Building rapport and trust with justice impacted addiction counseling participants

4. Treatment planning for better recovery and justice outcomes

5. Strategies for reducing relapse and recidivism risk

2 PM


Implementing Trauma-Informed Care Within Organizations

This seminar will discuss the ways in which we can implement trauma-informed care practices in our organizations. These methods are able to recognize and understand the role trauma plays in our lives and the lives of our members. We will explore bridging the gap between consumer and service provider from a trauma lens. Trauma-informed care moves the focus from “what’s wrong with you” to “what happened to you?” It can also help organizations provide services, structures, systems, and policies in methods that are trauma sensitive. Many peer and clinical services practice trauma-informed care. But the benefits of this method should not be limited to trauma-specific organizations. We will learn about:

  1. Trauma and the need for trauma-informed care

  2. Unintentional situations where organizations can cause harm, and

  3. Methods organizations can use to implement trauma-informed care.

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September 24, 2021
12 - 3 PM EDT

12 PM


Intrapreneurship: A Means to Financial and Career Empowerment

This workshop will explore ways in which the principles of starting and running a business can be used in workplaces to enhance one's career, professional profile, autonomy, and earnings while reducing or removing the risk normally assumed by entrepreneurs. This training will introduce participants to the concept of intrapreneurship and offer tools and strategies for identifying and making the most of opportunities for job ownership in the workplace. job ownership means treating one's job with the same care and responsibility as one would treat their business while also reaping greater rewards. This method uses an effort/risk/reward approach to job innovation and fulfillment to create specialized roles that maximize and reward unique talent, business outcomes, and mutual financial (and other) rewards for both the employer and the employee. This approach can be used by anyone but has particular advantages for justice-impacted people seeking the freedom and autonomy of business ownership but who need the stability of employment to meet their financial needs and obligations. We will learn about:

1. Creating or Recognizing Business Opportunity at Work

2. Risk/Reward Assessment for Intrapreneurs

3. Developing a Business Case

4. Stakeholder Engagement and Marketing

5. Internal Marketing and Negotiation

1 PM


Justice-Impacted Advocacy:
Authenticity in Voice, Choice, and Reward in the Sharing of Personal Narratives

​Sharing personal experiences is one of the oldest and most time-honored ways for people to teach and heal. Justice impacted persons have powerful personal stories to tell and often share these stories with abandon for the benefit of themselves and others. However, the value of these stories can be severely underestimated, particularly by organizations that seek to use these stories to promote their mission or cause. Every experience has a cost in time, money, emotional capital, and in the case of the justice impacted, trauma. Those who choose to share their experiences must be able to command control of their narrative, the portion of their narrative they share, and the cost of their narrative being used for non-personal reasons. This workshop will explore ways in which one can own their narrative, as well as how one can command a fair price for the portions of their narrative they share. This discussion will also discuss the warning signs to be aware of when organizations are soliciting narratives, particularly from persons impacted by criminal justice involvement.

Topics covered in this workshop

1. Identifying the purpose and extent of narrative sharing

2. Creating audience-specific narratives

3. Avoiding narrative exploitation

4. Valuing and pricing your narrative

5. Crafting a coherent narrative

2 PM




Putting it All Together: Inside-Outside Stories

True stories get told in different ways with different listeners in mind. In this workshop we will focus on finding the boundary between insider stories and public-facing ones. Taking a leap of trust with a therapeutic community is necessary and rewarding, and different from making and practicing the story-telling arts. In this workshop we will practice feeling the difference in our bodies as we gain voice, getting our stories on their feet.

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