The Development of Houses of Healing
Working with hundreds of prisoners over seven years, veteran teacher and counselor Robin Casarjian developed a program that taught incarcerated men and women how to confront issues central to their criminal and addictive behavior. Through group sessions and independent work, prisoners learned how to deal constructively with conflict and hostility. They learned ways to break lifelong patterns of dysfunction in order to find greater emotional balance, a sense of self-esteem, and the power to choose positive behavior.
In 1992, Ms. Casarjian created the Lionheart Foundation for the purpose of making this emotional literacy curriculum available to prisoners around the country. To achieve this goal, in 1995 the Lionheart Foundation funded the publication and free distribution of Houses of Healing: A Prisoner’s Guide to Inner Power and Freedom. This project, called the National Emotional Literacy Project for Prisoners, continues to expand today.