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Houses of Healing Course for California Prisoners in Solitary

02/12/16 COMMENTS 0

The Houses of Healing Self-study Course for prisoners in solitary/ segregation/ SHU.  The Lionheart Foundation started receiving registrations for the course on 5/29/16 from prisoners in the three CDCR prisons where the HOH Self-Study Course is being offered as part of the Innovative Grants Program in California. To date, 436 prisoners are participating in the Self-study course.  213 in Pelican Bay State Prison.  156 in CSP-Corcoran.  67 in California Correctional Institution. Lionheart continues to receive applications from prisoners.  Lionheart’s initial proposal indicated that we would take a maximum of 150 registrations (per prison) over the grant period – with a maximum of 50 (per prison) at any one time. Registrations have far surpassed this but Lionheart has accepted all registrations so as not to turn away anyone in solitary who might be motivated to use their time constructively. Hundreds of hours of volunteer time at the Lionheart office have contributed to making the delivery of this grant possible.

We have now received more than 80 evaluations from participants who have completed the course.  Feedback has been outstanding. A full report will be issued in late Spring, 2017.  

To learn more about Houses of Healing and Lionheart’s Prison Project:  http://lionheart.org/prison/project/

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Power Source: Taking Charge of Your Life for at-risk adolescents

02/12/16 COMMENTS 0

Lionheart’s Power Source Program    brings an evidence-based, trauma-informed social and emotional learning (SEL) program to at-risk youth and young adults.

Through mindfulness-based practices and a powerful platform of cognitive-behavioral skill building, the Power Source Program is designed to reduce risk-taking behavior, help youth master the developmental tasks of adolescence and increase social and emotional competency.

Available resources include:

  • The Power Source book (available in English and Spanish)
  • The Power Source Videos
  • The Power Source Facilitator’s Manual

Coming soon:  The Power Source Workbook

– Over 100,000 copies of Power Source in distribution

– Research on Power Source has been supported by NIH

Also available, Power Source Parenting: Growing Up Strong and Raising Healthy Kids –

a social and emotional learning program for at-risk teen parents

 

The National Emotional Literacy Project for Youth-at- Risk is sponsored by The Lionheart Foundation

PO Box 170115   Boston   MA   02117   Tel  781-444-6667    Fax  781-444-6855    www.lionheart.org

Coming Soon: The Power Source Workbook

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The Power Source Workbook

A Trauma-Informed, Social and Emotional Learning Program for Adolescents

Increasingly, research is confirming what most of us know intuitively — that it is our social and emotional competence such as understanding and managing our emotions, developing and sustaining healthy relationships, and creating and following through on goals that largely predicts the quality of our lives. Helping youth develop the social and emotional skills covered in this workbook is a major contributor in launching them toward trajectories of success and well-being. These skills not only impact adolescents physical and mental health, but their educational outcomes and work-place readiness as well. The good news is that these skills are not capacities you are either endowed with or you’re not; they are entirely learnable. And that’s where the Power Source Workbook comes in.

The Power Source Workbook can be used by youth in:

  • High schools serving trauma-impacted youth engaging in health-risk behaviors;
  • Secure and non-secure detention centers;
  • Diversion and alternative to incarceration programs;
  • Residential treatment centers and facilities;
  • After school and community-based programs.

The Power Source Workbook is designed to be used:

  • in group settings;
  • one-to-one (with a staff/facilitator and a youth);
  • by youth working individually.

The Power Source book and workbook build youths’ capacity to:

  • Develop a cohesive and healthy sense of self and future orientation in the wake of trauma;
  • Recognize the emotional, social, and situational factors that lead to risk-taking and develop health-promoting behaviors in their place;
  • Increase interpersonal skills including managing conflict, repairing relationships, taking responsibility for one’s actions, self-advocacy, and seeking help;
  • Acquire the Social and Emotional skills associated with workplace readiness success;
  • Select positive peers and acquire the skills to maintain those relationships;
  • Identify individual and situational factors leading to substance use and learn alternative coping strategies;
  • Build skills to tolerate and manage distressing emotions such as anger, disrespect, shame, and fear.

 

A typical group-based session of Power Source Workbook includes:

  • reading a selection from the Power Source Workbook;
  • a mindfulness activity;
  • completing the content of the worksheet/s;
  • and sharing their answers in a Circle.

 

Table of Contents

     Who Is the Power Source Workbook for?

     Using the Power Source Program

     The Parts of the Power Source Workbook

     Circles

Mindfulness Activities

     The Supplemental Workbook

     Making the Biggest Impact

Facilitator Presence

The Importance of Praise

Looking at Ourselves with Compassion

  • Using mindfulness skills ourselves
  • Looking at the connection between our own stress, triggers, and trauma history
  • Secondary Trauma

Coming Soon! The Power Source Workbook

30/11/16 COMMENTS 0

The Power Source Workbook: Lionheart’s Clinical Director of Youth Programs, Beth Casarjian has created a new resource.  The Power Source Workbook will be available soon.  This workbook will give youth a resource whereby they will be able to work through the Power Source program on their own or in groups. This will reduce the need for a trained facilitator who is willing to do the preparation to facilitate a manualized program. In addition to mapping on to the content in the Power Source book, there will be an increased focus on work readiness.  To read more about The Power Source Workbook, please click on the following link:  http://lionheart.org/new-power-source-resource-the-power-source-workbook/

 

Coming soon from Lionheart: The Emotion Coaching Workbook

16/11/16 COMMENTS 0

  Dr. Bethany Casarjian, Lionheart’s Clinical Director of Youth Programs, introduces a forthcoming resource from the Lionheart Foundation  The Emotion Coaching  Workbook (EQ2) at the Healthy Teen Network Annual Conference in Las Vegas. (11/16/16) The Emotion Coaching Workbook is being written  for front-line staff who work with at risk young people. EQ2 uses a trauma-informed approach to help direct care staff best meet the social and  emotional needs of the youth they serve.

To read more about Lionheart’s Youth Project  http://lionheart.org/youth_at_risk/

PRISONER RESOURCE LIST

15/11/16 COMMENTS 0

The Lionheart Foundation has composed a list of resources (mostly free) for prisoners nationwide.  The list includes free books and newsletters, pen pals and meditation resources.   To access the list please click on the link below:

http://lionheart.org/free-prisoner-resource-list/

Please share with your friends and family who are incarcerated.

We hope you find this helpful.  Thank you.

Lionheart Staff

Exciting News for the Lionheart Foundation!!

04/11/16 COMMENTS 0

 

 

EXCITING OPPORTUNITY FOR LIONHEART!! This week a donor stepped forward with the pledge of a $40,000 MATCHING GIFT – IF Lionheart can match this amount by February 1, 2017. If matched, this $80,000 will support Lionheart’s expansion into public schools, programs for high-risk youth, and prisoners across the country. For 25 years Lionheart has made a life-changing difference in the lives of tens of thousands of people on the fringe of society. Please help Lionheart provide life-altering resources to thousands more individuals. To learn more about Lionheart please go to:  www.lionheart.org  To donate please go to: www.lionheart.org/donation/

THANK YOU for responding to this important and urgent request . Any amount is greatly appreciated. PLEASE PASS THIS APPEAL ON TO YOUR FRIENDS. Thanks again!!!

Lionheart’s Houses of Healing, Power Source, and Power Source Parenting Programs are changing lives and building futures.

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Houses of Healing Self Study Course for Prisoners in Solitary Confinement.

28/10/16 COMMENTS 0

The Lionheart Foundation offers a Houses of Healing Self-Study course for men and women in solitary confinement. Currently there are hundreds of inmates in CA alone who are engaged in the program.

Since the book Houses of Healing was published about 150,000 copies have been distributed to prisons and jails throughout the United States. The Lionheart Foundation, publisher of Houses of Healing and the sponsor of this course, has donated about 60,000 of these books to prison libraries. Hundreds of prisoners have written to tell us how the book Houses of Healing (HOH) has changed their lives.

This is the only time I have ever reflected on my life and what led me to the way I’ve lived. I feel after reading Houses of Healing and doing the exercises a weight has been lifted off my shoulders that I’ve been carrying around forever.
Cynthia MCI Framingham, MA

This book has really been an eye opener to me.  So many years I have gone through many groups and one on one therapy and have never had the burden and relief that I have gotten from Houses of Healing.  I pray that anyone who reads this book can get as much as I have gotten from it.                            Robert   State Prison  Riverhead, NY

 Throughout my incarceration (28 yrs off & on), I have read hundreds of books.  I can honestly say that “Houses of Healing” has made the biggest impression on me than any other book I have ever read.  It has been a huge help in helping me reorganize my thinking while letting me know that I was not the only person feeling like I did… The insight        I have gained has been immeasurable.                              Phil  CSP-Lancaster, CA

      … Houses of Healing was for me the first glimmer of light on a dark horizon.

     … I found Houses of Healing remarkable in that it fit my situation right on the money.

     … I just wish I could have found this book years ago.

 Like these individuals, many incarcerated men and women get access to Houses of Healing through the book alone. They might find it in the prison library or a friend, staff person, or cellmate suggests they read it.  To make the Houses of Healing Program available to men and women in solitary / segregation, Houses of Healing is being offered in this self-study course. 

Assignments are mailed to prisoners each week for 14 weeks.  Like any self-study course, no one checks up on whether you do the assignments but like anything in life, you get out of it what you put into it.  As prisoners read the weekly mailings and do the assignments, we hope they will feel encouraged and inspired by what they are learning from week to week – and as a result, really want to do the assignments and step into the course with both feet.

Being in solitary confinement is extremely challenging for most anyone no matter how emotionally “together” they are when they first go in. Because of this, each session starts with a section called “Doing Time in Solitary.” The “Doing Time in Solitary” sections do not directly connect to topics covered in Houses of Healing. They are written to be an additional support while in solitary (as well as when prisoners return to population or the outside community).  These sections offer important advice, coping strategies, and inspiration, often from men and women who were locked up for long periods of time in solitary.

Every session includes “Participant Notes.” The Participant Notes give prisoners an overview of  the topics to be addressed  in that session. The notes also provide some additional encouragement, and suggestions on how to work with the lessons.

The pages titled “Self-work” give prisoners the assignments for the week, as well as worksheets that correspond to the assignments. If they participate fully, I trust that this program will be a great support for them – and perhaps like it has been for many incarcerated men and women before, a real game changer.

Being in solitary involves dealing with many challenges.  Exactly how challenging solitary is for each person depends on many things. Some of these things include: how restrictive the isolation is; the circumstances that preceded their being put in solitary;  how long they will be/or have been in solitary; and their emotional state/mental health when they were put in solitary. Other factors include how isolated they are; whether or not they have a cellmate and if they get along with him/her; whether there are others around who they can communicate with; whether they have a TV to pass some of the time;  and what access they have to books. Other key issues include the quantity and quality of mental health and medical services when they need them; how they feel they are treated by staff;  whether they have support and communication from people outside the prison as well as whether they receive visits and can make phone calls to people who are important to them;  and very importantly, what skills they have for managing their stress (anxiety, frustration, anger, etc.).  These issues and others greatly influence the degree of difficulty and challenge solitary confinement brings to each individual person.

In the Houses of Healing Self Study Course, prisoners are offered many skills for managing stress.  These are skills that can be useful wherever they are.  They will be encouraged week in and week out to give this program their best shot.  All research shows that long-term isolation takes a toll on emotional and physical health and well-being.  In this course prisoners are taught techniques that have been scientifically proven to guard against, minimize, or slow down this downward spiral – tools that keep the people who practice them more in control of their own life and well-being. The techniques they learn have been proven to increase resilience which is the ability to withstand or recover more quickly from challenging circumstances. Prisoners gain insights about themselves and their lives.  And they will hopefully discover greater psychological and emotional freedom – even behind bars – even while in isolation.

 “If I had to do that time in solitary over, I would work out daily, read a lot, try to keep positive thoughts in my head, eat only what my body needed, and try to keep my head up no matter what.” Ken. on death row at 16 years old

 

Interesting article on Isaiah B. Pickens, Ph.D.

21/09/16 COMMENTS 0

Dr. Pickens was a facilitator at Rikers Island for the NIH funded study on Lionheart’s youth program, Power Source.

This article is an interesting glimpse into Dr. Pickens’ “passion”.

BE Modern Man: Meet “The Mentalist” Isaiah B. Pickens, PhD

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Social Emotional Learning

15/09/16 COMMENTS 0

THE LIONHEART FOUNDATION OFFERS SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LITERACY (SEL) PROGRAMS TO ADULTS AND AT RISK YOUTH.
What is Emotional Regulation? Emotional regulation refers to the processes, both automatic and controlled, that we use to manage our emotions. For many adolescents who emotional development and self-regulatory capacities have been negatively impacted by trauma, explicit and differentiated instruction in thee SEL skills are critical to their ability to stay in school, hold jobs and, for some, avoid the criminal justice system. Early adversity arising from maltreatment, exposure to violence, and profound neglect undermines the acquisition of these SEL skills through neurobiological mechanisms and social learning channels. As a result, trauma-impacted youth often experience imbalances in their physiological responses to stress, exaggerated reactions to negative emotional cues, and possess fewer internal resources for self-soothing. Lionheart’s Social Emotional Literacy program for prisoners and at risk youth, Houses of Healing and Power Source, address these issues and help youth and adults learn strategies to carve out a new way of life — helping them break cycles of negative high-risk behavior; heal shame, anger and grief; and emerge with a new sense of self and a positive future orientation.

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