Offender Treatment, Education and Re-entry Opportunities
Evidence-based Programs & Education Opportunities:
Drug Alcohol Treatment (IOP) - For inmate offenders, Intensive Outpatient Program combined with MRT and re-entry services. 12 inmates per session. 72 hours required. Open-ended and offered in collaboration with New Horizon Care Centers instructors Eileen Jacobson and Art Garcia. Intended for inmates with 90+ days to serve. We currently have two groups, numbering up to 12 per group.
MRT - Moral Reconation Therapy. Open ended class started at Geiger in May of 2011. Designed to reduce recidivism by confronting underlying behaviors and attitudes, evaluating how behaviors have negatively impacted one’s self and others, and identifying steps to achieve life goals. Curriculum empowers participants to take responsibility for their actions and the consequences of those actions, and making choices designed to achieve desired outcomes. In-house instructors (Case Managers both MRT trained.) For inmates with 90+ days to serve.
Commitment To Change - Recently added by Geiger IOP counselor/instructor Art Garcia of New Horizons as an offering to those Geiger inmates who are not involved in other rehabilitative or treatment programs. This is not intensive and purpose-driven as MRT, but helps offenders begin the process of evaluating their lives and reformation options. This 18-session offering is open-ended and educational in nature, as opposed to MRT which is a counseling-based program.
AA Groups - In-custody males and females attend separately on Saturdays. Facilitated by volunteers of AA. Began at Geiger in April 2012.
GED Classes and Testing - Offered since 2006 at Geiger. Rebecca Butterfield has been instructing and testing Geiger inmates since 2007. Since the GED program’s inception at Geiger, a passing rate of over 90 percent has been attained, more than 2100 individual tests passed and 250 GED certificates earned.
Breaking Barriers - cognitive thinking course. Includes Creative Conflict Resolution, Personal Finance, Employment Search, Comprehensive Career Assessment and Guide - This 17-session training series gives students the opportunity to examine their principals and make changes to their thinking patterns to more constructively serve their life goals. The Creative Conflict Resolution features a series of exercises teaching non-violent solutions to conflict through the use of affirmation, cooperation and creative conflict management. The February 28th, 2013 commencement ceremony will be our 18th graduation class.
Partners in Parenting - In-house course geared toward offenders. Facilitated by Case Manager Barb McGlothen. This is an 8 week course focusing on effective parenting communication and guidance, plus positive discipline strategies. This class is specifically designed to teach offenders how to constructively re-enter their children’s lives. Classes held twice weekly.
Fulcrum Offender Education and Re-Entry Program - Fulcrum’s effort in this collaborative venture is sponsored in large part by the “Women Helping Women Fund.”Fulcrum Institute Dispute Resolution Clinic began educational programs at Geiger in June, 2012. Taught by instructors of Fulcrum Dispute Resolution Clinic; they have experience facilitating dispute resolution in the private and public sector. Fulcrum currently offers the following programs:
Course Objectives: Students will learn to assess individual anger for the purpose of understanding and identifying rational and irrational thoughts and behavior; Identify trigger points and develop a proactive approach to reduce inappropriate emotional escalation; Identify individual temperament styles and how to bridge the gap when one temperament style clashes with another; Develop assertive communication skills to get their point across while preserving relationships at home or the workplace and develop coping strategies to assist in stressful or emotionally charged situations.
Course Objectives: Students will learn to identify personal stressors, physical responses to stress, effects of chronic stress and links to other conditions, and practice effective methods of stress management that include: progressive relaxations, refuting automatic negative thoughts, mindfulness, and develop personal coping plans.
Course Objectives: Students will identify their skills, prepare a master application, and create a resume & cover letter by the end of the course. Students will also learn how to effectively search for employment, follow-up, and appropriately contact employers. Other coursework will include interviewing, job search methods, and employer incentives for hiring felons.
Get a Job, Keep a Job:
Course Objectives: Student will utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques to address the thoughts and behaviors that prevent them from securing and keeping employment. Topics will include: work readiness, job suitability, anger-provoking work situations, getting along with co-workers, and developing a healthy work identity.
Course Objectives: Students will be able to recognize, understand, communicate and manage their feelings; Redirect patterns of negative behavior; Learn techniques to understand, use, and appreciate the role of emotional intelligence in the workplace and at home; create a personal vision statement and validate emotions in themselves and others.
Course Objectives: Students will learn and apply interpersonal communication skills. Learning experiences will include work with personal growth, verbal and nonverbal skills, perception, listening and how to develop healthy personal relationships.
Course Objectives: Students will learn the basic operations/functions of a computer including: storing and creating records and files, how to successfully communicate via the internet, steps to prepare a variety of documents and reports, and basic navigation skills to access information.
Money Smart - Offered in conjunction with Washington Trust Bank, this curriculum taught by Tucker Santucci focuses on how to keep track of your money, why you should save, consumer rights, how to recover financially and rebuild your credit after a set-back, how to manage a checking account, and credit basics.
Building Assets for Fathers and Families (BAFF) - Workshop presented by SNAP, with information regarding child support modifications, debt repayment, payment schedules, establishing paternity, earned income tax credit, employment services, financial planning, access to bank accounts and affordable loans, credit repair.
Exploring Multicultural Diversity - Students will increase their ability to communicate with people of different cultures. Emphasis is placed on cultural attitudes, values, conflicts, and how to improve communication within the multicultural area in which they live. The course will stress verbal and nonverbal skills. Students will also enhance awareness and empathy in interaction and improve their communication competence.
NEWTA - On-site drug and alcohol treatment information and access to available re-entry resources for eligible offenders. ADATSA funding. Facilitated and directed by Penny Penton of North East Washington Treatment Alternatives. Penny is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Chemical Dependency Professional and receives dozens of inquiries each week from inmates. She facilitates chemical dependency assessments and referrals, and links inmates to DSHS, ADATSA and Disability Lifeline Grants to help with treatment costs, food stamps, medical care access, and housing needs.
About Face Services for Veterans in Transition - Administered by Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest, About Face has helped provide life-skills classes, mental health counseling, employment opportunity, housing, clothing and transportation to veteran offenders. About Face is provided by Goodwill with support from the Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Volunteers of America, Transitions and Community-Minded Enterprises.
Fulcrum Offender Education and Re-Entry Program - Fulcrum Institute Dispute Resolution Clinic began educational programs at Geiger in June, 2012. The Fulcrum Education Program also offers post-release employment assistance at the Fulcrum business office, as well as other re-entry services. Fulcrum’s effort in this collaborative venture is sponsored in large part by the “Women Helping Women Fund.”
Spokane County Housing Re-entry Initiative - Housing referrals for qualified offenders. Organized by Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners (SNAP) with funding support from Spokane Regional Support Network. (RSN).
SNAP: “RESTART” Program - created to help ex-offenders transition into the Spokane Community, including a mentoring program, financial services, energy assistance, and homeless services.
Job Skills Training - Flagging, forklift training provided by RM.
Community Garden Project - Working with the WSU Spokane County Extension agency and Second Harvest Food Bank, the Geiger community garden project was expanded by 3 gardens this year to a total of 12. This initiative gives offenders a sense of pride as they raise vegetables that are graciously donated to local charities and the needy.
PENDING - Partnership with the Lands Council to provide hands-on training to offenders, education of current environmental matters and employable skills, as well as the opportunity to directly and positively impact local, degraded watersheds such as Hangman Creek, Deep Creek, and Coulee Creek.
Traditional Church Service - Offered each Sunday afternoon in D building.
Catholic Worship Services - Held every other Friday afternoon in the visitor center.
Bible Study - Weekly Bible studies are offered to both male and female offenders one day per week.
Bondage Breakers - Dick & Shirley Main present lessons on life changes, conduct religious discussions, lead work groups and lend moral support. Served as lay ministers to Washington State Penitentiary inmates throughout the ‘90s, and have ministered at Geiger since 2003.
Celebrate Recovery - This dynamic 12 step program is tailored to meet the needs of program inmates. The Program offers hope-infused support. It frames the Bible as “forward-looking,” emphasizing personal responsibility and spiritual commitment. Celebrate Recovery’s basic tenant demonstrates how we need each other to grow spiritually and emotionally. The program addresses all types of problems and addictions.