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Questions

Frequently asked:
Who is this volunteer training for?
What does the training consist of?
How do I approach the training?
How do I access the materials?
Are the Houses of Healing Videos necessary for facilitating in prison?
Do you offer Continuing Education Units?
Is prior experience with group facilitation necessary before facilitating the Houses of Healing Program with a prison or jail?
Do you help participants establish a course in a particular prison or jail?
Should I conduct a Correspondence Course before facilitating a HOH Course in a prison?
The Correspondence Course requires that volunteers and prisoner participants sign an agreement. Are Houses of Healing volunteers who facilitate in a prison or jail required to sign an agreement?

Who this volunteer training is for?  

This volunteer training program is for any mature adult who is resonant with the concepts in the Houses of Healing Program.  Therapists, social workers, chaplains, retired school teachers, as well as individuals who do not have any counseling background, choose to become Houses of Healing prison volunteers. Some prior experience in the facilitation of groups can be very useful. If you do not have group facilitation experience, you are encouraged to facilitate with other volunteers, at least for your first few programs. Co-facilitation is often a very rewarding experience, and some volunteers choose to continue this structure on an ongoing basis.

What the training consists of.

The Houses of Healing training is based on an on-line, home-study model. It consists of reading the texts for this training (the book Houses of Healing: A Prisoner’s Guide to Inner Power and Freedom and the accompanying Houses of Healing Facilitator’s Manual (2nd Ed. 2012)) and watching the 4 hours and 15 minutes of free video training that is provided online.

Ways to approach the training.

There are a few ways to approach the training.

1. Some people prefer to first read through the book, Houses of Healing, in its entirety.  They then work through the Houses of Healing Facilitator’s Manual (2nd Ed. 2012) and view the video that corresponds to the session.

2. Others choose to read the Houses of Healing Facilitator’s Manual (2nd Ed. 2012) while simultaneously reading the related chapters in the Houses of Healing book, and viewing the corresponding video for the session.

3. Regardless of your learning style, or how you approach the reading and viewing of the materials, it is particularly useful to participate in as many of the exercises as you can so that you have a direct experience of the potential impact of the exercise.  You are also encouraged to do the “Self-work” that corresponds to the sessions.

Note: The first online video in the training is geared primarily to individuals who are planning to facilitate the HOH Program with a prison on jail.

How do I access the materials?

The online training is available at no cost.  The two required texts for the training (the Houses of Healing book and Facilitator’s Manual (2nd Ed. 2012) are available for purchase at a reduced price of $30 (including shipping & handling) when purchased together.  This represents a savings of $20 off the regular price.  (Please note that the special reduced price is available exclusively to those who register for the training and purchase the two texts at the same time.) To purchase the Houses of Healing book and Facilitator’s Manual (2nd Ed. 2012), the texts for the course, at a discounted rate Click Here

Are the Houses of Healing videos necessary for facilitating in prison?

No. The videos are not necessary to facilitate a program.  Some people love using the videos in their programs, others prefer to facilitate without them.  If you are considering whether to use the videos, I recommend that you first confirm that the necessary equipment is available for your use in the prison or jail where you will be facilitating.  You also want to be sure that you will be permitted to bring the videos in with you as part of your program materials.  This is usually not a problem, however it is best to check first.

If you decide to utilize the videos in a program, the Lionheart Foundation is offering the video series at a greatly reduced price for the first 50 facilitators who have established a program within a prison or jail. This offer applies to volunteer facilitators only.  It is not available to anyone who is employed by a prison on jail.  To order the video series at a significantly discounted rate, call the Lionheart Foundation at 781-444-6667.

Do you offer Continuing Education Units?

Yes.  20 CEUs are available for psychologists, social workers, mental health professionals, and substance abuse counselors. To purchase CEU credits: Click Here

Is prior experience with group facilitation necessary before facilitating the Houses of Healing Program with a prison or jail?

If you want to facilitate within a prison or jail, some prior experience in the facilitation of groups can be very useful. If you do not have group facilitation experience, you are encouraged to facilitate with other volunteers, at least for your first few programs. Co-facilitation is often a very rewarding experience, and some volunteers choose to continue this structure on an ongoing basis.

If you are planning to co-facilitate with others, it can be very useful to meet on a regular basis as you participate in the training to discuss topics, facilitate exercises in the manual, and process exercises.

Do you help participants establish a course in a particular prison or jail?

The Lionheart Foundation does not create specific volunteer opportunities for you.  If, after participating in the training, you are motivated to facilitate the Houses of Healing emotional literacy program in a prison or jail, you will need to reach out to a prison or jail in your geographical area to create this teaching opportunity for yourself.  Specific suggestions for establishing a Houses of Healing Program within an institution are addressed on Video #1 of the training as well as in the introduction of the Houses of Healing Facilitator’s Manual.  (Video #1 is geared primarily to people who plan to go into a prison or jail to volunteer.)

We suggest calling the prison or jail and asking to speak with the person who coordinates volunteers for the institution.  Explain that you are interested in facilitating a program based on an emotional literacy curriculum for prisoners that has been utilized in prisons and jails throughout the U.S.  It is based on the book <em>Houses of Healing.  Ask if they are familiar with this program. The institution may have a Director of Volunteers, or it may be the Director of Treatment or some other administrator who coordinates volunteers.  The Houses of Healing Program is sometimes offered through the institution’s chaplaincy.  Unfortunately there is no consistent answer to the question of “Who should I contact?”

In the introduction to the Facilitator’s Manual, there is a write-up specifically for prison administration explaining the content of the program.  Staff can also be directed to the Lionheart website (www.lionheart.org) to learn about the Houses of Healing Program.  This gives staff confidence in what they are signing on for and its high level of acceptability within corrections. Reading the introduction the the Houses of Healing Facilitator’s Manual, which you can access online, will help answer this question as well.  The free monthly conference call offers further opportunity to discuss this issue.

Should I conduct a Correspondence Course before facilitating a HOH Course in a prison?

Not necessarily.  However some volunteers may choose to get their “feet wet” with the Houses of Healing Program by first facilitating the Correspondence Course, using it as an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the curriculum before reaching out to a prison or jail to establish a program within an institution.  If this is the case, be sure to request that The Lionheart Foundation match you with a prisoner outside the state where you wish to volunteer.  Most states have a policy that you cannot both correspond with a prisoner and go into a prison to volunteer within the same system.

The Correspondence Course requires that volunteers and prisoner participants sign an agreement. Are Houses of Healing volunteers who facilitate in a prison or jail required to sign an agreement?

No.  When you volunteer in a prison or jail, you will be required to participate in a volunteer orientation within that institution or prison system.  This orientation informs volunteers about the rules and regulations they are expected to abide by.  This is done for the safety of everyone.  Because volunteers who facilitate the Houses of Healing Correspondence Course are not working directly with a prison or jail administration, Lionheart requires an agreement so that boundaries that insure the safety of everyone are agreed upon.  This agreement also informs volunteers about the professionalism that is expected in this type of situation.  Potential Correspondence Course volunteers are encouraged to read both the volunteer and prisoner agreements.

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