One-Day Training for Corrections Professionals
in Emotional Literacy Skills for Prisoners
with Robin Casarjian, M.A.
Author of Houses of Healing: A Prisoner’s Guide to Inner Power and Freedom
Director of the Lionheart Foundation and The National Emotional Literacy Project for Prisoners
The Houses of Healing Emotional Literacy Training Program for Corrections Professionals is a one-day training presented by the author of the highly acclaimed book, Houses of Healing: A Prisoner’s Guide to Inner Power and Freedom. Published in 1995 and enthusiastically embraced by corrections professionals and prisoners alike, this book/curriculum is currently in use in hundreds of prisons nationwide and has become a powerful tool in rehabilitation.
Trainings for the Houses of Healing Program have been presented in 14 states across the country. The hosting correctional system, institution, chaplaincy, or counseling program is responsible for planning and implementing the event. A minimum of 30 participants is required, although exceptions are made.
In the training, participants can expect a new synthesis of theory, inspiration, and practical guidance. Ms. Casarjian presents concepts and techniques for emotional (re)habilitation and discusses approaches to integrating this work into the prison setting. This introductory training is intended for all who are involved in rehabilitative services in the corrections system: psychologists, social workers, mental health and substance abuse counselors, and clergy. All such professionals who have evaluated the program indicated that they would recommend it to others. (A separate half-day training is available for correctional officers.)
The Houses of Healing Program deals directly with root causes of crime, violence, and addiction and offers a practical approach to emotional growth that speaks specifically to the challenges facing incarcerated men and women. The program supports prisoners in addressing issues such as childhood wounding, grieving, managing anger, and facing the impact of crime; it offers stress management techniques and healthy, practical coping strategies; and it deals in depth with the necessity of self-forgiveness and forgiveness of others—subjects that are often overlooked and misunderstood despite the fact that they are essential to the cultivation of empathy and emotional and spiritual maturity.
Training is hosted at location determined by sponsoring prison/administration.
The one-day training is $2000 plus all travel expenses. This fee includes:
- One copy of the book, Houses of Healing: A Prisoner’s Guide to Inner Power and Freedom for each attendee up to 40 attendees (retail value $15 per book)
Books sent are based on the sponsor’s head count, 10 working days prior to the training
- One copy of The Houses of Healing Educational & Training Video Series (retail value $800)
** The Houses of Healing Facilitator’s Manual (retail value $35) can be purchased at the reduced rate of $25 per participant if purchased in bulk at least 10 working days prior to the training