Facilitator’s manual for professionals and volunteers facilitating a course based on the book Houses of Healing. The manual includes rationales for each session citing research, with exercises and handouts including mindfulness based exercises, emotional competency building strategies, role plays and more.
“I have received the new manual and have spent hours reading it. It is simply stellar! I am beginning a new HOH group feeling revitalized and current. Thank you.” Prison Chaplain
The Houses of Healing Facilitator’s Manual is a guide for facilitating a 13-session course based on the book, Houses of Healing: A Prisoner’s Guide to Inner Power and Freedom. The course addresses numerous topics and draws from a variety of personal growth modalities, which include:
- Practicing mindfulness meditation, emotional-regulation, and stress-management techniques
- Learning cognitive reframing from cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Acknowledging, working with, and healing childhood trauma
- Transforming anger, resentment, and unhealthy guilt and shame
- Working with forgiveness
- Acknowledging and working with grief, the “silenced emotion”
- Acknowledging guilt and the impact of crime – victim awareness
- Nurturing spiritual growth
In the introduction to the manual, author Robin Casarjian offers suggestions on how to approach facilitating a Houses of Healing course. If followed with fidelity, the 13-session program outlined in the facilitator’s manual reaps powerful results. Facilitators are welcome, however, to use the material in ways that suit their needs and facilitation style. Included with each week’s lessons are “Self Work” handouts that can be duplicated for course participants.