CE Credits for HOH

The Houses of Healing Seminar is being offered through Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES). CES is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists will receive 20 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

Title and Date of the Program: The Houses of Healing Curriculum. Dates: Ongoing/online with purchase of materials.

Offered by The Lionheart Foundation.

Presenter: Robin Casarjian, M.A. is the Founder and Director of the Lionheart Foundation and its National Emotional Literacy Projects. She is an educator, public speaker, writer, and consultant. In developing and implementing programming for prisoners and youth-at-risk, she draws from her experience as director of a school for at-risk adolescents, as well as extensive experience in education, stress management training, psychotherapy and administration. She is author of Forgiveness: A Bold Choice for a Peaceful Heart (Bantam, 1992) and Houses of Healing: A Prisoner’s Guide to Inner Power and Freedom (Lionheart Press, 1995), and co-author, with Bethany Casarjian, Ph.D., of Power Source: Taking Charge of Your Life (Lionheart Press, 2003).

Program fees: $50 to receive 20 CE’s. 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. The online video presentation by Robin Casarjian, offered as part of the training, is available at no cost. (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 training, at a discounted rate Click Here

Commonwealth Seminars adheres to the refund policy below:

Policy for Course Withdrawal

  1. A student may withdraw from a continuing education course that they have paid for.
  2. Full refunds will be granted if the request for the refund is made by day 10 following the date of payment received for the course. “Days” following the date payment is received includes weekend days.
  3. After 10 days in a course, there are no refunds.
  4. To complete a request for withdraw from a course, please complete the online request form: access here.
  5. If the course was paid for by personal check or money order, the participant will be postal mailed a check for the refund. If the course was paid for by credit card, AIHCP, Inc. reserves the right to postal mail a check to the participant for the amount of the refund, rather than process a credit card refund, thus avoiding more merchant account fees.

If you have any questions regarding our refund policy, please feel free to contact Commonwealth Seminars.

The Houses of Healing Curriculum is a research driven, trauma-informed, cognitive-behavioral, emotional literacy (re)habilitation curriculum. This Intermediate Level training is based on an online, 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. Ms. Casarjian will address participant questions pertaining to the curriculum by email: questions@lionheart.org.

Program syllabus:

Session 1. A model of self is presented in the first session that serves as a the theoretical and practical foundation for the remainder of the program. Upon completion, mental health professionals can explain the “Core Self” model. (Participation 2-3 hours.)

Session 2. Houses of Healing fits within a broader framework of interventions designed to promote change, all of which emphasize behavioral principles, cognitive change processes, and mindfulness techniques as a means of promoting emotional regulation and adaptive functioning. Upon completion, mental health professionals can describe these principles, processes and techniques as they apply in the HOH curriculum. (Participation 2-3 hours.)

Session 3. Mindfulness meditation has been associated with a wide range of psychological, physical, and behavioral benefits. Among the prison population, mindfulness meditation has been associated with reduction in substance abuse and lower recidivism rates. Upon completion, mental health professionals can apply mindfulness meditation and explain improved emotional regulation as it applies to the HOH curriculum. (Participation 2-3 hours)

Session 4. Emotional competence is linked with a wide range of positive outcomes. Adults in the criminal justice system are often a high risk for poor emotional control. Upon completion, mental health professionals can identify strategies in the HOH program that are designed to increase emotional competence and bolster emotional regulation. (Participation 2-3 hours.)

Session 5 & 6. The dominant model for decades concerning anger (Novaco 1977) contends that anger is influenced by cognitive processes, physiological arousal, and behavioral reactions. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has long been recognized as the most effective approach to treating anger. Drawing from Novaco’s model, HOH integrates CBT’s change components such as modifying automatic and irrational thoughts, teaching problem solving skills, and guiding individuals in modifying hostile and negative beliefs to improve their anger management skills. Upon completion, mental health professionals can identify these change components and explain anger management applications as they apply to the HOH curriculum. (Participation 2-3 hrs each session)

Session 7 & 8. From Childhood to Prison/The Fallout from Childhood Wounding. What often propels survivors of childhood trauma down the path towards prison is ongoing engagement in behaviors that reenact their early victimization, while also trying to escape from the pain resulting from it. The HOH program uses the wounded inner child model (Bradshaw) to help prisoners process the early trauma that drives much addictive and offending behavior. Sessions 7 & 8 focus on helping participants break through the walls of emotional deadness, anger and defiance by examining traumatic instances of childhood and starting the process of healing the wounded inner child. Upon completion, mental health professionals can identify and explain strategies of the inner child model as they apply to the HOH curriculum. (Participation 2-3 hours each session.)

Session 9. Accepting responsibility for one’s offending behavior is an essential part of emotional healing and a pre-requisite for self forgiveness. Without acknowledging the truth about one’s offenses, including the full impact these have had on one’s victims, real and lasting growth is not possible. Dignity cannot be restored. The first step toward self-forgiveness involves using what is referred to in HOH as healthy guilt to motivate and inform ownership of the negative and harmful acts of our pasts. Upon completion, mental health professionals can identify and discuss HOH strategies utilizing guilt in its best form, perceived as concrete, manageable, and often spurs on toward reparation and reconciliation. (Participation 2-3 hours.)

Session 10. Self-forgiveness and apology are presented as an unfolding process that involves distinct and interrelated steps each of which are central features of the HOH program. Upon completion, mental health professionals can identify and explain the steps in the process of self-forgiveness and the act of apologizing and how it leads to closure.

Session 11. Following the work of Dr. William Worden, the HOH grief work focuses on the four tasks of mourning to help participants begin to explore and resolve grief. These include, accepting the fact of loss; mourning the loss; adjusting to the new situation; and investing one’s energy in something new. Upon completion, mental health professionals can identify and explain the four tasks of mourning as they apply to the HOH program and how loss is compounded by the prison experience.

Session 12. Forgiveness offers an effective strategy to liberate us from destructive and often incapacitating emotions. In HOH, forgiveness is presented as a choice to either stay stuck in patterns of destruction and pain or to release oneself and heal from past wounds. In most cases, forgiveness is the willingness to reframe a situation and recognize another’s harmful behavior as a separation from the Core Self. Upon completion, mental health professionals can identify and discuss forgiveness techniques utilized in the presentation of the HOH program.

Session 13. Based on changes in attitude and behavior, a prisoner’s chance of transitioning out of the criminal justice system are quite good. “To successfully maintain abstinence from crime, ex-offenders need to make sense of their lives” (Maruna). HOH supports this process of change by providing a structured approach for participants to examine how early childhood experiences of unresolved loss and trauma has launched offending behavior. In addition, goal setting is encouraged, while guidance for managing set-backs is offered. Upon completion, mental health professionals can identify and explain how supportive competency programs such as HOH increases participants optimism about changing the direction of their lives and serve as a protective factor against crime.

CEs (20) are available for psychologists, social workers, mental health professionals, and substance abuse counselors. The Houses of Healing Volunteer Training Program is presented by Robin Casarjian, M.A., Founder and Director of The Lionheart Foundation and its Emotional Literacy Projects. This Intermediate Level Training will delve into the core concepts and teachings in Houses of Healing. Participants will be able to identify and describe these core concepts in social emotional learning and the impact on behavioral change presented in the curriculum. Requirements include approximately 4 hours of online videos plus reading the Houses of Healing book and facilitator’s manual before being tested on the subject matter.  Student participation commitment: 2-3 hrs. per session. 

Cancellation/Reimbursement Policy: 100% reimbursement if cancelled within 30 days of payment. All seminars offered through Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) include a grievance policy (learn more). To purchase 20 CE credits for $50: Click Here

Grievance Policy

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to CES, 1020 Osterville West Barnstable Rd, Marstons Mills, MA 02648. Grievances will initially be directed to the training instructor. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. If you have questions or concerns, contact Commonwealth Educational Seminars at (800) 376-3345.

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