I am able to facilitate any of the workshops listed below or tailor a topic of your choice for the intended group. All training may be used as speeches
A Soiled Identity: From Triumph to Tragedy and Back Again – This 18 course life- look training accompanies the book (A Soiled Identity) and companion workbook that has been designed especially for the individual who has been separated from family/environment and is facing the daunting task of reunifying. It is also suggested for people working with returning citizens. The program will assist the participant with making that major step back into their community with renewed esteem, confidence and awareness of self.
After the Bungy Jump . . .There’s Still A Lot of Goin’ On a 12 – 24 week course that walks through the book of the same title and also provides supplemental parenting, life and relationship training for the family in transition. Designed for the parent that has been separated and their family, the training can be presented individually or to the family unit, during deployment/separation or after release/separation from service. (Includes facilitator guide, workbook for participants)
Out of the Belly of the Whale: The Journey of Re-Ing Your Life series – 12 intense lessons on areas that are often resistant in one’s life. The sessions are designed to help the participant with renewing, redoing, revisiting, re-evaluating, re-imagining, reassessing, re-invigorating, reviving, reinventing, etc. to help them get out of the belly of the whale.
Topics Include: 1)You Can’t Change What You Can’t Admit, 2)What Do You Need To Forgive, 3) DO -Do Not Try, 4) Removing the Personal Storms of Opposition, 5) Comparison is A Habit that Can Ruin Your Life, 6) It’s Might Be Hard – But I Need to Create Impeccable Boundaries 7) Commitment is 8)Is Fear Keeping Me From Recognizing My Unlocked Potential, 9) Failure is Inevitable – NOT FINAL, 10) A Thought Brought Me to This Place – A Thought Can Take Me Away 11)Removing the Mask 12)Woe is Me – The Default Font
Stomp Out Stigma (SOS) offers a comprehensive perspective of the impact of deployment and/or incarceration on the military service personnel and/or person whose life has been impacted by incarceration. Designed for people who want a better understanding of the many different levels and ways one can provide support. SOS training also equips the participant with a fresh understanding of the subtlety of stigma by helping them recognize how they can unwittingly be a part of spreading its stench onto our returning citizens and national heroes.(participant receives guide)
Here We Go Round’ the Mulberry Bush: The Frenetic Dance of Separation and Reunification addresses the ongoing adjustments that must be made throughout the separation and reunification from loved ones. Designed to help family and those who work with them understand the frenetic dance that is taking place for all involved parties – while helping them understand that everyone has evolved. Mulberry Bush also helps the participant become more aware of the very different environment each side have been exposed to during the time apart and the need for time and understanding to separate fantasy from reality.
- Relative Caregivers, The Buttresses of the Community (Importance of kinship relations during crisis)
- Children of the Incarcerated, Who Will Hear Their Voices (impact of this family emergency on children)
- This is A Get Real Analysis: Removing the Façade is an Inside Job – A look at how to get real and recognize that many of the obstacles one encounters in life – may be self-imposed
- Establishment Training for Post Prison/Post Military Services
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING
At the national, regional, state and local level – provide workshops for Correctional Administration (line and staff), Social Workers, Medical Professionals, Attorneys, Jail Programmers, Faith-Leaders, Teachers etc. to assist with ideas on ways of improving communication, programming, and policy positions impacting the crisis. The sessions are designed to provide different perspectives that may assist in altering the current lens and shedding a bright light on the need for reform.
The Village is In Need of Repair
The Woman of the House is Gone: The Impact on Children, Family, Community
Finding Your Invictus: Getting Out of the Mind Made Penitentiary
Help Me, I’m Trying to Stay at Home: Including Family in the Reunification Process
It’s Time to Get Back To the Vision: What Do We Do When All We’ve Done Hasn’t Worked
Thinking and Seeing Kaleidoscopically to Build Successful Programs
Sensitivity Training (how to work with people whose lives have been impacted by the crisis)
Abundant Fountain Empowerment Institute (AFEI) – Launching in Fall 2016 is a comprehensive program serving ages thirteen to eighteen. Life skills are not hereditary, they must be taught. AFEI addresses economic and physical development, services and educational results as well as community building. Its design strategically sequences the activities to improve outcomes for youth, and ultimately families and communities. The Institute places emphasis on the values and purpose youth learn over time to help shape the ways they contribute to their family, community, and society, as they become young adults and equip them with the ability to integrate their individuality into all arenas they will encounter.
Higher education and pursuit of career are only part of the story of young adult achievement; the investments we make in rearing and equipping children are also driven by our desire to prepare them to set out their own life course and meet their full potential in the range of arenas they will encounter as adults. Preparing our youth to go from possibility to success means equipping them with the tools needed to navigate through experiences in the multiple settings they encounter on a daily basis—whether in school, at home, in the community, with friends, or in organized programs. The Abundant Empowerment Institute is a part of helping ensure that success.
AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
I am able to bring the film and present a ‘talk back’ dealing with the making of the film as well as the challenges of the formerly incarcerated and their families. The documentary will give the audience an opportunity to hear and see some of the complexities fueling this national crisis. The ‘talk back’ will give the audience the opportunity to converse with someone who has been directly involved with the imprisonment crisis from many vantages. The film will help those whose paths will intersect with communities of concentrated disadvantage. STAINS will help to illuminate the debris left after the imprisonment storm on the lives of a large section of its residents.
NOTE: The documentary has a companion art exhibit that currently includes 21 amazing works in oil, sketches and mixed media. Artists from Georgia, Indiana, Alabama and Tennessee who have a personal connection to the imprisonment crisis created the thought provoking pieces. The exhibit provides an opportunity for the viewer to more fully process the dramatic effect of this national crisis from the perspective of directly impacted individuals. The full STAINS production offers a broad-spectrum experience.For more information about the film visit: http://www.stainsthemovie.com
STAINS: Changing Lives After Incarceration – an award-winning feature length documentary that highlights programs providing services and support to the formerly incarcerated and/or their families while also addressing some of the challenges encountered by this population of multiple millions. It is a call to action for America to change its mindset, work ethic and general lack of interest to effect a change to improve public safety, recidivism rates, restore communities and reduce violence in the streets. STAINS premiered on April 19, 2011 at Tribeca Cinemas in New York.
THE SAIDIANA EXPERIENCE
The Saidiana Experience (TSE) is an interactive/multimedia production that provides an overview of the challenges people impacted by incarceration may encounter. The session delivers comprehensive information concerning this national emergency affecting multiple millions of people throughout the country. Regardless of the participant’s knowledge about the problem, The Saidiana Experience offers substantive material designed to enhance their understanding, and help remove some of the factory installed framework that may be blocking their potential ability to “trade up” to another perspective of the crisis.
TSE offers a broad perspective of the impact of imprisonment on the incarcerated individual as well as the unwarranted collateral influence this national crisis places on children, family, community and nation. Participants will receive effective tools to help them: 1) identify some of the underlying currents of the individual/families affected by incarceration; 2) understand some of the unexpected and unjustified collateral damage of incarceration
Participants in the experience will also: 1) recognize their important role in helping to alleviate the crisis, 2) receive a myriad of cost effective ideas they can use to help mitigate the challenges, and 3) dispel some of the myths around incarceration.
I am able to host a book signing and review that includes a discussion on the challenging dynamics of incarceration on the family unit. This review will give the audience an opportunity to candidly discuss the intricacies of this family emergency – from its affects on young members of the clan, extended family, friends, the community, and the incarcerated loved one. The conversation also focuses on how this family crisis has mushroomed into a national catastrophe.
Discussion on any of the works listed below will help the audience understand how this imprisonment emergency can happen to anyone, while highlighting the importance of society shifting its will, stopping the rhetoric, and rolling up its sleeves on behalf of this population.
There is a default stigmatization that attaches to families affected by incarceration. We say that we care about families and children, yet as it pertains to this population, we create an environment that is not conducive to their receiving support without undue assessment of their character because of familial connection. (See Multi Media/Published works page for complete list)