The Lighthouse for Recovery Ministries - A Beacon of Light for the Soul in Need!
The Lighthouse for Recovery Ministries  pre-release staff  provides meaningful social services, support, and intervention to prisoners.  We are a direct channel for communication between inmates and their attorneys, families, employers, social service and treatment providers, and other elements of the criminal justice system. 
 
 
Through the Inmate Skills Development (ISD), The Lighthouse for Recovery Ministries is focusing on building the kinds of skills essential to successful reintegration into society – ranging from activities of daily living, such as budgeting, to cognitive skills, such as the ability to maintain self-control. Our workshop and classroom programs are expected to:
 
  •  help link inmates with the most appropriate programs given their specific needs,
  •  ensure all parties are focused on the same measurable outcomes,
  •  assist in program resource allocation, and
  •  improve information flow to partners with a stake in the outcome (the Courts, supervision agencies, etc.).
 
By providing inmates with programs most appropriate to their identified deficit areas, The Lighthouse for Recovery Ministries anticipates that inmates will be better-prepared and more likely to succeed upon release. This is expected to be particularly useful for those offenders with the greatest needs.
 
Providing a viable means of employment is critical to offenders being able to support themselves and succeed as law-abiding citizens; and this partnership is designed to enhance reentry success by increasing opportunities for career-oriented employment of ex-offenders and addressing barriers to offender employment.
 
The Lighthouse for Recovery Ministries is committed to the goal of creating a seamless transition between incarceration and the community for releasing offenders that ensures continuity of support and care. This coordinated, competency-based model for reentry is expected to help increase the likelihood of a successful community transition upon release.



COGNITIVE LIFE SKILLS
 
Cognitive Core
This course focuses on recognizing, creating and implementing new habits based on correct principles to effect positive change in lifestyle and behavior.

Inner Victory
This class deals with life’s transitions and teaches inmates methods of creating positive and successful experiences while making transitions in life. Transitions such as from prison back to the “real world” and how to be successful on the outside.

Thinking for a Change
This class is about restructuring, rethinking, and skill building to reduce recidivism. Thinking for a Change curriculum  uses as its core, a problem-solving program embellished by both cognitive restructuring and social skills interventions.

Thinking Errors
This course is an in-depth cognitive restructuring class that introduces the concept of thinking errors and motivates personal change.

Interpersonal Skills/Communication
Cultural Impact
This class will discuss the impact of cultural and social interactions that make up the American “Melting Pot”
·         Moral Reasoning
·         Pro-Social Skills
·         ParolePreparation
·         Pre-Release
 
Impact of Crime
Impact of Crime classes  teach offenders to understand how their crimes have impacted their victims, to accept responsibility for their criminal behavior, to learn how to associate with positive role models and to become contributing, law-abiding members of society. The ultimate aim is preventing future victimization.



PRESCRIPTIVE LIFE SKILLS
 
Anger Management
Dealing with basic skill sets necessary to understand anger in its various forms and to learn to respond and deal with anger in a responsible manner. It is a personal development, self-awareness guide to achieving success in life. The objective is to change what you have been doing so you can change what you have been getting.

Anger-Impulse / Coping
This class will translate scientific theory into meaningful action, to effectively reduce and manage impulsive responses to anger and stress. Goals are: to teach inmates the complexity of anger and the dangers associated with uncontrolled anger. The class explores what makes us angry, and to become aware of our own anger cues, triggers, signals and reducers. We discuss and examine responses and strategies that provide options and alternatives to aggression and violence.

Coping Skills
Coping / Anger Skills

Criminal / Compulsive Behaviors
This class focuses on preventing relapse to all criminal, compulsive behaviors.

Critical Thinking
This course is entirely and exclusively concerned with the development of potential capacities that we have, even though we have not developed them, capacities in that part of our mind known as “intellect.” Most people don’t develop their intellect and use it very ineffectively and often mainly to rationalize or justify infantile or egocentric drives.

Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Awareness, This course focuses on recognizing the patterns and breaking the cycles of domestic violence.

Impulse Control
Self Esteem, The premise of this class is that the foundational pillars of a healthy self-esteem include a sequential development of Unconditional Human Worth followed by the development of Unconditional Love and personal growth.

Parenting from the Inside
This curriculum provides offenders ideas for communicating and staying connected with their children during their incarceration. Special ideas are organized to accommodate all ages of children.
 
Parenting
This curriculum is designed to teach offenders the development stages of children in order to promote the essential skills to guide and allow parents to feel comfortable, confident and competent in raising their children.

Homecoming: Reclaiming Your Inner Child Bradshaw believes that the “neglected, wounded inner child of the past is the major source of human misery. Until we reclaim and champion that child, he will continue to act out and contaminate our adult lives.”

Doctor Dad
, This class is best suited for inmates who, after release from prison, will be assisting in raising young children. It is to help dads build their parenting skills in the area of infant and toddler health and to help the dads realize that they play a unique role in their child’s life.

Inside Out Dad
, Whereas children who have a father in prison suffer a range of acute psychological difficulties, this course helps fathers develop their knowledge and skills of parenting, and encourages the maintenance of relationships with their children.

Parenting: Love and Logic
, Teaching parents how to establish rewarding relationships built on love and trust, using “Love And Logic” techniques
 
Relapse Prevention
·         A.A. & N.A. groups
·         Relapse Prevention Process Group
·         Relapse Prevention: “The Meth Storm”
·         Relapse Prevention: “Staying Clean and Sober”

Positive Living and Health
The first step in changing who we are is self-awareness. If we don’t become aware of our shortcomings and faults as well as our strengths, we will never change and take steps to improve. This class provides practical advice on fitness, nutrition, exercise, coping and stress management. Information presented is designed to help inmates make informed decisions.

Stress Management
This course defines stress and explores attitudes and what makes us “stressed.” We become more aware of what causes stress and identifies individual stress levels. It also examines responses to stress and explores alternative responses while reviewing the latest scientific research on stress. We also learn how to manage stress and how to climb out of the stress trap.

Victim Impact
Victim Impact I & II, These courses examine the impact various crimes have on victims, it is expected that the focus will always be toward developing empathy for victims of crime. All victims of crime suffer consequences as a result of someone else’s selfishness, greed or need for personal power.
 
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