This introductory Module provides an overview of the work of CCF and the origins and importance of evidence-based frameworks.
The Impact of Trauma
Research shows that many people who have been a part of the criminal justice system experienced high rates of trauma throughout their lives pre-incarceration. THRIVE approaches this topic as a universal connector of all people to demonstrate the need for more trauma-informed practices, which result in better outcomes for CJ-affected people. Our trainees learn about the various causes and effects of trauma and how it relates to all people, specifically criminal justice-affected people, to better understand the behaviors and and coping skills that people develop due to the high prevalence of trauma.
Reinforcing Successful Outcomes using Strength-Focused, Motivational Frameworks
Motivational Interviewing coupled with Asset-Focused Leadership Development enforces deeper self-efficacy in CJ-affected people. Our trainees learn conversational techniques that support better outcomes for the people they service, and the importance of identifying the skills or assets that exist in people they service or employ.
Collateral Consequences Related to Criminal Justice Involvement
Our agency has supported students through navigating the many nuanced challenges that exist post-incarceration, particularly barriers to accessing higher education. We teach in-depth about the various challenges, and during the implementation process, we teach our trainees how to help people navigate those challenges. CCF is a trauma-informed, gender-responsive agency with universal practices regarding service delivery. From our firsthand knowledge working with women, we teach the distinctions regarding gender-specific barriers.
Laws are dynamic and often hard to keep up with. We inform our trainees about the laws in their respective local and state jurisdictions regarding employment and licensure for criminal justice-affected people. During the implementation process, we provide resources on how to stay abreast of the changing landscape to better support CJ-affected people in obtaining employment and licensure, or when selecting majors in college. Financial Education - A Catalyst for Long-Term Sustainability
The average working family is living at or below the poverty line in many states. Many incarcerated people will be victims of identity theft at the hands of people they know. In some states, employers perform credit checks in addition to background checks. These factors alone support the need for more formal financial education training across sectors. THRIVE staff equally trained in financial development with a concentration in credit and debt repair. This module is a prelude to a supplemental "how-to" training that is offered to our trainees' participants, can provide concrete steps people can take to become more financially secure. Trainees will also have access to our train-the-trainer financial education training.
Supporting Organizational Growth and Success
The success and longevity of any business or organization is grounded in the results and outcomes they produce. Oftentimes, organizations face capacity issues that cause them to focus more on trying to stay afloat than focusing on infrastructure and growth. This section discusses basic components of organizational learning and organization development that should be at the forefront of all business operations.
Putting THRIVE Practices to Work
A recap of the modules and the beginning of the pre-implementation process in which sites are introduced to one of their takeaways - the THRIVE Supplemental Reference Guide. The customized guide contains all the information learned during training, including resources within your state that can be used by trainees in the future. The three-day training provided the theoretical components (who, what, when). The Supplemental Reference Guide provides the how. It is replete with tips to be useful during the coaching and implementation process.