Is a 12-week conflict resolution course based on the principles of nonviolent communication. It is an intensive program to improve effective communication skills for job training, personal and relational development. This course was developed by Compassion Works for All social work staff and offers evidence-based material to cope with stress, reduce violence, and increase personal connection. Coursework includes reading material, homework assignments, in-class role play, journaling and seminar style discussion.
Staff and volunteers have facilitated this program at 3 units in Arkansas, including: Tucker Unit Maximum Security Unit Hawkins Women's Unit
We are currently leading our 6th cohort at the Maximum Security Prison
What graduates are saying about the program
“In a place where so few blessings occur and even fewer experiences stand out as unique, 2016 will forever mark the beginning of a totally new chapter in my life, one that begins the incorporation of the most valuable lesson I have learned, and the introduction of a new way of thinking, a method that brings peace and understanding. Because of your amazing lessons and insightful ideas [from the CC program], my interaction with difficult people has grown to include compassion, and my methods of communication in general have evolved. The instruction and encouragement caused a shift in my perspective, a transition in my thinking, and I am so grateful for the immeasurable goodness this has brought to my life.” - participant, Tucker Unit
“What’s been done [in the prison system] does not work. Therefore, in the future, I believe and support programs like [Compassionate Communication] becoming a daily, fully immersed curriculum that will heal the wounds of those broken by society who become labeled “criminals”. We are broken. We are damaged. We are afflicted. We are the products of an uncompassionate society and now labeled as criminals. This class needs to be part of a broader mindfulness program that is involved in the barracks as well as in the classroom. So to make it better, strive to incorporate this as a full fledged program, backed by the governor to produce the fruits they seek in truly rehabilitating the penal population and reducing recidivism.” - participant, Hawkins Unit “This class is very helpful as well as educational class that is very unique. It is not a class that has ever been taught in this type of place before.” - participant, Maximum Security Unit