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.
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:
link inmates with the most appropriate programs given their specific needs,
all parties are focused on the same measurable outcomes,
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.
This course focuses on recognizing, creating and
implementing new habits based on correct principles to effect positive change
in lifestyle and behavior.
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.
This course is an in-depth cognitive restructuring class
that introduces the concept of thinking errors and motivates personal change.
This class will discuss the impact of cultural and social interactions that
make up the American “Melting Pot”
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
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.
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 / Anger Skills
/ Compulsive Behaviors
This class focuses on preventing relapse to all criminal,
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 Awareness, This course focuses on
recognizing the patterns and breaking the cycles of domestic violence.
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.
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.
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
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
A.A. & N.A. groups
Relapse Prevention Process Group
Relapse Prevention: “The Meth Storm”
Relapse Prevention: “Staying Clean
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.
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 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.