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Game-based Reentry Program and Outcomes - Healing Man/Healing Woman: Making Progress


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Vision-driven, learner-centered and game-based, the Healing Man/Healing Woman: Making Progress reentry program gives counselors, organizations and correctional facilities an innovative way to help ex-offenders, people in transition and their families to develop mindful strategies for making progress in their lives. Presentation includes a case profile.

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Game-based Reentry Program and Outcomes - Healing Man/Healing Woman: Making Progress

  1. 1. REENTRY PROGRAM Making Progress Vision-driven. Learner-centered. Game-based.
  2. 2. 2 Principal, Conscious Enterprise, Inc. Program Development Consultant Mindfulness-based Empowerment Training Organizational & Personal Transformation Coach BA: Forensic Psychology MA/PhD: Metaphysics
  3. 3. 3 Agenda Program Summary Philosophy and Approach Program Tools Key Activities Program Sessions Case Profile Future Program Goals
  4. 4. 4 Healing Man/Healing Woman: Making Progress trains inmates, ex-offenders, people in transition and their families to mindfully and strategically overcome internal and external barriers to authentic growth, progress and freedom. During the program, group members: meet once a week for a minimum of four weeks. build healthy concepts of self, life, personal power, and relationships. connect personal patterns with progress. cultivate interpersonal and "inner life" skills to support growth and success. develop individualized, vision-driven “game plan” to stay focused. play the HMHW game to spark discussion, self- reflection and insights.
  5. 5. 5 A gamified experience encourages creativity, openness, participation and a good emotional state. Intrinsic interests and motivation engage learners in an active, mindful ownership role. Content is personally relevant. Vision has the power to elevate one’s goals, thinking and level of commitment. It can deeply impact self-concept.
  6. 6. 6 Participants and facilitators share insights, resources, support and ideas in a mastermind-like fashion. Participants connect the dots between different facets, factors and layers of their lives, revealing the bigger picture. The program seeks to engage each participant in mind, body, spirit and emotions to develop the whole person.
  7. 7. 7 Actual conversation between a facilitator and inmate during an initial session You may be right. But I wouldn’t see a therapist or a coach. I wouldn’t want to tell a stranger all my business. Have you thought about seeing a therapist about this? I think it’s affecting you a lot more than you think. You’re telling me all your business. You just met me. This is different. I don’t know how to explain it. I get a vibe.
  8. 8. 8 HMHW game, workbook, journal (optional) tools
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  11. 11. 11 Discussions and workbook responses generate dynamic, relevant curriculum content Talk is transformed into personal growth and action through a collaborative process The group and facilitator find and share relevant resources (people, places and things) to aid progress
  12. 12. 12 participant feedback “ Most Helpful: The ability to focus on important factors in my life that I normally neglected, but now I am motivated tremendously to change and evolve. ”
  13. 13. 13 The program consists of an orientation and a minimum of four weekly sessions, culminating with a review. Orientation Information session and signup Demo/practice game Preliminary goal setting Week 1 Kick-off conversation Insights and connect the dots. Begin self- assessment Week 2 Set a performance target Begin formulating vision and game plan Identify keys to empowerment Week 3 Identify a “pivot point” Determine a creative focus for transformation Set relevant goals, milestones and priorities Week 4 Identify key strengths, gaps and challenges Build progress strategy and support Construct timeline and gamified action plan Week 5 Review Tweak Reassess
  14. 14. 14 case profile
  15. 15. Completed a 5-week programIn New York CityAfrican-American male age 32 15 Inmate P.
  16. 16. 16 BACKGROUND P. has been in and out of prison since age 18, mostly on drug selling charges. STATUS P. had violated parole by breaking curfew and was serving 45 days. FACILITY Edgecombe Correctional Facility (NYC) a minimum security residential treatment facility. CHALLENGE P. was frustrated that he had not discovered and lived up to his potential. He also lacked self-motivation. GOAL Address the lack of self- motivation and develop a game plan for self- actualization.
  17. 17. 17 Facilitator described how participation in the program could aid his progress. P. shared his struggles with self- motivation and wasting his potential. Group played “Vision, Bridges & Barriers” with the HMHW game. Program Orientation P. attended a 20 min. game demo and group information session.
  18. 18. 18 Facilitator described how participation in the program could aid his progress. P. shared his struggles with self- motivation and wasting his potential. Group played “Vision, Bridges & Barriers” with the HMHW game. Program Orientation P. attended a 20 min. game demo and group information session.
  19. 19. 19 P. was tasked to assess Progress & Achievement in 10 life areas. Facilitator illuminated how the past may be impacting current progress. During game play, P. revealed important facts about his childhood. Week 1 Explored “Progress & Achievement,” their impact and influences in context.
  20. 20. 20 P’s feedback “ I truly had an opportunity to express myself about myself without criticism. ”
  21. 21. 21 Game play: P explored Trust, Discipline, (Personal) Legacy and Wisdom What would empower P. to reach the target? Concept explored in context. P. set a target of +5, defining it as a better life structure and stronger family. Week 2 P. assessed his overall progress and achievement, giving a score of -2. Self-Assessment
  22. 22. 22 P’s feedback “ This group allowed me to analyze exactly what were my issues (personal), in a manner that was so simple... ”
  23. 23. 23 P. identified “staying legit” as the key to stability (emotional, spiritual, financial) P. and facilitator identified specific objectives, strategies and resources. P. desired family members to be as strong individually as they are together. Week 3 P. chose to leverage his strong trust in family to transform and self motivate.
  24. 24. 24 P. connected his family vision with a desire to enrich African-Amer. minds. Family vision included monthly gatherings to start. Later, revisit family business idea. Facilitator helped P. explore personal strengths in context of his vision. Week 3 (continued) Staying legit also seen as key to P’s role in his vision and living up to his potential.
  25. 25. 25 P’s feedback “ The program allows me to analyze deeper into what correct[ions] I can make to better my life’s structure and strengthen family ties. ”
  26. 26. 26 P. shared day-to-day concerns affecting his release from the facility P. devised plans to counteract triggers (Pride, Boredom, Frustration) P. and facilitator discussed his danger zones that trigger criminal behavior. Week 4 Work began on constructing a preliminary high level timeline.
  27. 27. 27 P. reassessed his progress, giving a score of +6 (an 8-point increase) P. indicated a strong interest in paralegal advocacy and culinary arts P. gained new appreciation of his talent for speaking, writing, and legal studies Week 5 P. and facilitator reviewed game plan, resources, steps after release Self-Assessment
  28. 28. Family o Monthly family gathering o Family cookbook project o Family business Education o Enroll in college or vocational program o Paralegal advocacy o Culinary arts Business and Career o Obtain employment through program o Get vendor’s license o Set up a business Resources o MBTI test o Professional contacts o Library card o online training o Lehman College paralegal program (w/Advocacy option) o CLEP exams o Toastmasters club o Entrepreneurial programs 28 Strengthening family was a driving force for P., as was entrepreneurship
  29. 29. 29 STRENGTHS Internal strengths, practical skills and how to apply them for progress DISTRACTIONS Internal or external weaknesses or challenges that cause P. to lose focus OPPORTUNITIES New or underutilized opportunities, including those self-created DANGER ZONES Internal and external triggers and antecedents to criminal behavior
  30. 30. 30 Timelines are accompanied by specific courses of actions. JUNE – JULY 2016 Set up a business MAY 2016 Employment. Vendor’s license, 1st Family gathering AUGUST 2016 Enroll in school (paralegal or culinary)
  31. 31. 31 recap P. made significant progress over 5 weeks, moving from a lack of self-motivation and life direction initially, to being highly motivated, clear and committed to a “legit” and purposeful vision for himself and his family. P’s self-assessment increased from -2 to +6.
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  33. 33. 33 Offer ongoing support for program graduates1 Train program and game facilitators2 Run additional pilots at other facilities3 Offer programs through partner organizations4
  34. 34. Thank You
  35. 35. Bring HMHW: Making Progress to your organization Antonia Martinez Conscious Enterprise, Inc. E-mail: Phone: 347-766-4325 Location: New York, NY