Alternative Treatment

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In addition to programming, offenders are provided opportunities to engage in additional educational and/or treatment groups: Education, Building Healthy Relationships, Workforce Readiness, Seeking Safety, Mindfulness, Stress Management and Grief and Loss.


Education: Education programs are designed to prepare incarcerated offenders to live successful, crime-free lives. These educational services include Literacy, Secondary Education, Professional Technical Education and Special Education based on assessed individual student needs. Educational programs recognize offenders' achievements through certifications and diplomas that are also recognized by employers and other educational entities. Programs are based on the needs of the students (through assessments), the needs of employers and the ability of the institutions to provide the training. Educational case plans drive the educational programs that are offered to offenders.


Building Healthy Relationships: This domestic violence support group provides education to help recognize domestic violence risk factors and the harm caused for themselves and their children by remaining in abusive relationships. Women learn how to identify abuse, select healthy partners and how to nurture their children in a manner that could stop the cycle of abuse.


Workforce Readiness: These education classes enhance workforce development and life skills.


Beyond Trauma: Beyond Trauma addresses past abuse that women have experienced. Through the curriculum women address the responses/reactions that they have experienced in regards to their trauma such as engaging in drug and alcohol use to manage emotions. The curriculum moves from an attempt to normalize the emotions and responses that women have experienced and then to develop strategies to manage anxiety and responses to triggers of past trauma.


Mindfulness: This is a 20-session group that combines cognitive and behavioral therapy. It is consists of four components: Basic Mindfulness Skills, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Distress Tolerance.


Stress Management: Participants learn skills to help manage emotions, including anger. The group is designed for delivery in 12 sessions. Each group consists of a period of physical exercise, an educational process topic and relaxation techniques.


Grief and Loss: This is an eight session group which addresses issues associated with losses in our lives. Participants develop an understanding of how these issues relate to decisions we make such as using alcohol and other drugs.