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About Insight Prison Project

Vision: Insight Prison Project envisions a vibrant and just society that inspires individual transformation beyond the walls of both personal and institutional incarceration.

Mission: Insight Prison Project transforms the lives of those impacted by incarceration through programs designed to develop behavior inspired by insight, accountability and compassion.



Rochelle Edwards, MS, MFT, Restorative Justice Director

Jaimee Karroll, MA, Training, Evaluation, and Curriculum Director

Bryan Smith, Restorative Justice Consultant



Monday May 9, 2011 at 8:30 AM PDT
Friday May 13, 2011 at 3:00 PM PDT

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San Rafael First United Methodist Church 
9 Ross Valley Drive
San Rafael, CA 94901

Driving Directions San Quentin State Prison



Individual Training Modules

  • Basic - $1,100
  • Intensive - $900
  • Advanced - $700

Discounted Bundled Training Fees

  • Basic, Intensive and Advanced - $2,100
  • Basic and Intensive - $1,600
  • Intensive and Advanced - $1,200

CEU's are available for MFT's and LCSW's: $25

Early Bird Special: Register and pay in full by Thursday, March 31st and receive a $100 discount on phase one of the training!

Other Information

Healthy snacks and refreshments will be provided throughout the training. Lunch will be provided Wednesday and Friday.

Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships are available. Please contact Jennifer Thompson, Operations Manager, at Jennifer@InsightPrisonProject.org or (415)459-9800 for application information.


Jennifer Thompson 
Insight Prison Project 
(415) 459-9800 

IPP Annouce's New VOEG Training Format!

The Insight Prison Project (IPP) is excited to announce our new Restorative Justice VOEG Facilitator Training. Our multi-phase training model will provide greater support, evaluation and experiential exercises in an effort to better prepare facilitators to implement and run their own groups with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated adults.


Phase 1: Basic VOEG Facilitation Skills Training (5-Day)                                          $1,100 May 9 – 13, 2011

This is the starting point for all trainees seeking VOEG facilitation training from IPP.  This training will offer in-depth exposure and training in the following concepts and skills:

  • Overview of Restorative Justice and to IPP philosophy, methodology and facilitation model
  • Introduction, explanation and demonstration of IPP facilitation techniques
  • Summary overview of the purpose of the VOEG Curriculum
  • Personal opportunities to complete some VOEG exercises and process them in a group setting as well as to facilitate a simulated VOEG group with a IPP Lead VOEG Facilitator/Trainer
  • Participation at a 1-Day intensive training conducted by VOEG graduates who are prisoners at San Quentin State Prison
  • Professional evaluation by IPP Lead VOEG Facilitator/Trainer

Phase 2: VOEG Intensive Curriculum and Implementation Training (4-Day)                   $900  Sept 14 – 17, 2011

This is 4-day intensive will provide trainees with an in-depth understanding of how to implement the VOEG curriculum at incarceration institutions and re-entry sites.  Topics to be covered are:

  • An in-depth explanation of the VOEG curriculum learning units:  Crime Impact Statement, Self as Victim, Cycle of Offense, Forgiveness, Impact on Victims, Facilitated Dialogue with Victim Panel, Relapse Prevention, Debrief and Goodbye
  • Participation at a VOEG Survivor Intensive in which survivors of severe and violent crime give their Victim Impact Statements and answer trainee questions about how to effectively locate and work with survivors to support healing and personal transformation
  • How to facilitate VOEG assignments in a small-group setting including opportunities for Trainees to facilitate a simulated VOEG group that consists of inmates and/or other attendees as group members who are processing personal accounts of the VOEG Exercises
  • Overview of how to assess the culture of an institution or organization in order to target the appropriate decision-maker to approach regarding program start-up and implementation, and to tailor the VOEG implementation process so that it can be assimilated into daily operations and security protocols while addressing needs of specific populations
  • Overview of how to establish the VOEG Program at New Sites
  • Explanation of professional documentation to be presented to new sites:
  • Professional evaluation by IPP Lead VOEG Facilitator/Trainer

Phase 3:       Advanced VOEG Facilitation Training (3-Day)                                                    $700             October 27 – 29, 2011

This is the final stage of the VOEG training model.  This 3-Day training is for professionals who have already implemented or are in the final stages of implementing a VOEG program, or for those professionals who want to further-develop their VOEG facilitation skill set.  Utilizing a case management approach, the discussion and small-group facilitation exercises will be selected from actual challenges that the attendees have faced while implementing or facilitating VOEG.  Topics to be covered are:

  • Understanding and managing the developmental stages of VOEG including pre-screening interviews, starting a new group, establishing trust, development of the group agreements, managing difficult group members including those with a mental health diagnoses, how to sync survivor and prisoner stories on the day of the dialogues, and extensive advanced small-group facilitation opportunities
  • Implementation of specific VOEG facilitator techniques
  • Professional evaluation by IPP Lead VOEG Facilitator/Trainer



Receive a discount for purchasing one or more training!

  • Basic, Intensive and Advanced - $2,100 (a $300 discount)
  • Basic and Intensive - $1,600 (a $200 discount)
  • Intensive and Advanced (prior successful completion of basic training required) - $1,200 (a $200 discount)

Once people have taken the Phase 1 training, they are eligible to take the Phase 2 or Phase 3 training at any time it is offered in the future.

All phases of training are strongly encouraged but not required.

Register Now!

Please click on the Register Now button to sign-up for Phase One of the VOEG Facilitator Training May 9 - 13, 2011. Note that space is limited!

If you have already participated in a previous VOEG Facilitator Training and are interested in participating in phase two or three, please contact Jennifer Thompson, Operations Manager, directly at Jennifer@InsightPrisonProject.org.

Once your registration is complete, we will send you a separate email with more information about the training, including the Facilitator Questionaire.

Once you submit your questionaire, you will be contacted by Rochelle Edwards. This is your opportunity to connect with the lead facilitator before the training to ask any questions you may have.

Please do not send payment until you have been approved for the training by Rochelle Edwards.