1. Time and Stress Management for Leaders – Management
  2. Time and Stress Management for Staff - Staff
  3. Change Can be GREAT for Your Staff - Management
  4. Coach a Winning Team – Management
  5. Positive Ways to Stop Bullies in Prison – Management & Staff
  6.  Managing Diversity in Lock-up – Management & Staff
  7. Hire and Retain the Best Staff – Management
  8.  PosiPower Conflict Management Skills for Leaders – Management
  9. Balance Work & Family – Management & Staff
  10.  Working Effectively With Inmates – Staff
  11.  Independent Living Skills – Life After Incarceration – Inmate
  12.  25 PosiPower Ways to Stay out of Prison – Inmate
  13.  How to talk so People Will Listen to an Ex-offender - Inmate
  14.  Family Planning & Better Parenting Skills  - Inmate
  15.  PosiPower Ways to Prepare for Court - Inmate
     

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          Black Men Trying to Survive and Thrive in America:
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                1.     Time and Stress Management for Leaders 
      
 There are tremendous rewards and a few disadvantages to being a leader in a prison facility. The most hazardous peril is STRESS--from managing people to organizing departments. It is essential to a leader’s mental and physical health to learn positive ways to manage personal and workplace stress.  This course will primarily focus on workplace stress.   We will discuss: 
  • Negative & positive  stressors for leaders
  • Better ways to use and manage time by delegating
  • Ways to get rid of negative stressors – work & family
  • 10 PosiPower Ways to Manage Your Time
  • 25 PosiPower Ways to Manage Your Stress
          2.    Time and Stress Management for Staff’ – Staff  
      Let’s just put it on the table. Working in a prison can be real tough.  There are safety concerns and this is an understatement. You may even begin to feel confined yourself.   There are thick walls and bars, fences, cameras, and inmates from all walks of life.  Some of the people who cause you stress are demanding, manipulative,  too needy, mean-spirited, dangerous, depressed, mentally ill, and we’re talking about co-workers much less the inmates.  In this course, participants will learn how to manage the unique stress of working in a prison system. We will highlight:
  • Negative & positive  stressors of working in a prison
  • Better ways to use and manage time
  • Ways to get rid of negative stressors – family and work
  • 10 PosiPower Ways to Manage Your Time
  • 25 PosiPower Ways to Manage Your Stress
                
                     3.   Change Can Be GREAT for Your Staff - Management 
    
Some workers willingly accept change in the workplace, and others will resist every step of the way. Managers that embrace change are better able to assist their staff during the process.  And, although change can be stressful, the end results may be the beginning of some great things.  By understanding the process of change, whether it is positive or negative, managers learn how to become receptive to change. They learn how to eliminate their own tendency to worry and procrastinate because negative thoughts will only hamper change.  In this course, managers learn how to redirect "stressed-out" and “burned-out” workers.  They also gather tips for improving their professional and personal lives.  Learning the following components facilitate the process:
·       Maintain a positive attitude
·       Why change is a constant
·       Theories about the process of change
·       Organizations thrive on the speed of change
·       Mastering the negative responses to change
·       Resist the tendency to worry, procrastinate, and burnout
·       Making a commitment to change
·       13 PosiPower Tips to Managing Change Personally and Professionally
                     4.    Coach a Winning Team – Management
      
         Coaches are ideal because of their excitement about themselves and their players.  Thus, the purpose of this training is to aid managers and supervisors in developing a prison work environment that thrives on excellence.  Managers/Coaches learn the importance of always maintaining a professional and positive self-image.  They discover how to bring out the best in themselves and their employees.  In addition to learning how to motivate workers to reach their highest potential by uncovering hidden strengths, they learn how to help change negative attitudes into positive ones that minimize conflict and increase productivity.  A principle component is that the best way to lead is by example.  While demonstrating good work habits and exemplifying professional behavior managers will positively influence employees during "coaching sessions."  The course incorporates many team building & leadership skills by highlighting 5 Coaching Styles that encourage communication, cooperation, trust, enthusiasm, and openness.  10 PosiPower techniques to "coach-out" the best in employees are a highlight of the course, along with the following: 
·       5 Coaching Styles
·       Learning how to motivate your staff
·       Role-modeling the behavior you want
·       10 PosiPower techniques to “coach-out the best in your staff  
    
          5. Positive Ways to STOP Bullies in Prison   - Management & Staff
Let the truth be known bullies have a disastrous impact on inmate morale. Bullies cause anxiety, resentment, and hostility. Yet, they are often allowed to continue to bully and intimidate other prisoners.  The problem with this situation is that bullies think they are in charge. They can cause lawsuits and prison riots.  They instigate fights and create mayhem.  There are all kinds of bullies in prison.  Don’t be fooled by the stereotypes.  Some bullies are the ones you would least expect and may even be your boss or co-worker.  In this course participants will learn:
  • Why it is important to maintain a positive self-image
  • Why positive people are unlikely to become bullies
  • Who are bullies?
  • How and why did the bully choose a particular target?
  • What do bullies and their targets have in common?
  • Warning signs of bullying behavior
  • 12 PosiPower ways to STOP a bully 
   
     6.  Managing Diversity in Lock-up – Management & Staff  
           
 21st century prisons have become increasingly diverse.  In this course, managers and supervisors learn why having an ethnocentric perspective of our society and our prisons will only hamper their ability to manage a diverse team of inmates and workers.  Participants will discover that, on a daily basis, people from different races, cultures, and walks of life can serve their time harmoniously alongside one another.  This course is designed to celebrate that diversity and help inmates to respect this diversity.  Participants learn that individuals who feel good about themselves are more receptive to people who are "different".  Participants share or rediscover their own heritage. This course is designed to actively engage and stimulate a diverse group of individuals whose gender, socio-economic status, physical ability, heritage, intelligence, lifestyle, age, race, sexual orientation, religion, and ethnicity may represent very different or very similar perspectives.  Manager/supervisors also learn and discuss the effects of prejudice and discrimination in the prison system.  The main points of discussion include: 
  • Why individuals who maintain a positive self-image are more accepting of others
  • Understand why diversity in prison is increasing
  • Why respect, patience, tolerance, and understanding are essential in the prison populations
  • How each of us is culturally unique
  • How prejudice and discrimination is harmful to the bottom line
  • 10 PosiPower reasons to celebrate diversity in your facility

      7.  Hire and Retain the Best Staff – Management 
                                        
 The ability to hire and retain competent and effective prison staff is a primary goal of all good management.  Throughout this course, participants learn how to incorporate education, skills, interests, and experience into a profile that may be used to place applicants and employees into suitable jobs, trainings, and/or educational programs. Managers who feel good about themselves and their contribution to their workplace are more effective interviewers.  This PosiPower course, like all our courses, has a self-esteem component because positively-minded managers (PosiManagers) are more likely to take the time and make the effort to ensure that the interview is not just done correctly, but exceptionally.  This course on hiring and retaining prison staff is dedicated to developing an outstanding prison environment where staff and inmate satisfaction are the main objectives.  Participants will learn: 
  • How to properly interview potential employees 
  • What are the characteristics of a positive employee     
  • How to build and enhance interpersonal skills
  • The difference between acceptable chit-chat during the interview and sabotaging chit-chat that will derail the interview
  • To promote excellence and increase productivity by getting appropriate responses from employees and interviewees
  • How to improve employee retention and job satisfaction

   8.  PosiPower Conflict Management Skills for Leaders - Management 
It is great when supervisors and staff get along.  However, conflicts that are generally seen as negative can actually be the cause of positive changes within an organization.  When conflicts are managed and proactively addressed, they can strengthen the fiber of an organization.  In this training, supervisors learn how to manage difficult situations in a more positive manner. They develop leadership skills that will improve personal and professional interactions. Through positive conflict resolution techniques, they learn how to ease tension and diminish stress. Participants understand how constructively managed conflicts can improve relationships and inspire positive change. When corrective and valid feedback is given and received, it can be a great benefit for all concerned. Key segments in this workshop include:
  • Leaders with a positive attitude are able to manage conflict in positive ways
  • How a positive attitude will minimize negative conflicts
  • Ways to foster a positive prison environment (It is possible)
  • Learning the difference between a conflict and a disagreement
  • How to improve communication and avoid negative conflicts with staff
  • When conflicts are good and when they are destructive
  • Why conflicts and change work hand in hand
  • 10 PosiPower ways to help management and co-workers to get along better

 9.  Balance Work & Family – Management & Staff        
 In this course, workers will learn how not to bring their work home, and how not to bring their personal life to work.  Your work and home life can be positive, cohesive, and enjoyable but there must be balance.  In this course, participants learn how to actively gain the support of family and the workplace.  Topical highlights are: 
  • Why maintaining a positive attitude will reduce the stress of balancing work and family
  • How to have the BEST of both worlds
  • How the workplace and family life can become more satisfying
  • How to become a super asset and not a liability
  • 15 PosiPower Ways to Balance Work & Family
 10. Working Effectively With Inmates – Staff                 
Wouldn’t it be ideal if prison workers realized how powerful and positive their impact can be on an inmate?  Do you really want to be known as the jackass that could be on either side of cell bars?  Or do you want to make a positive difference in the life of an inmate?  In this course, participants learn effective communication styles.   It is not what you say, but how to say it and how to get desired results.  We will discuss: 
  • How to maintain and build self-esteem
  • How to communicate effectively
  • How to nip negatives in the bud
  • How not to get played
   11. Independent Living Skills – Life After Incarceration – Inmate           
The vast majority of prisoners go home.  But, too many leave prison then reenter society and have no idea how to survive in the real-world, which is why recidivism is so high.  Long-term prisoners may become institutionalized by prison walls, prison rules, dry and warm shelter and guaranteed meals.  In this course, inmates are asked to describe their life-skill plans?  They are asked a series of life altering questions: Do you want to go home? Are you ready to go home?  Do you have a place to call home? Do you have family, positive friendships, someone to help you get on your feet? Do you possess or want a high school diploma or GED certificate?  If not, which is best for you and why? Do you want to go to college, trade school or to the military?  Do you want a job or a career?  Do you know how to reenter society and become a productive citizen that votes?  Can you pay bills with your very own check, cash, money-order, credit card etc…? Can you hold a job? Do you know what social services are available to you? Can you make positive and lasting friendships?  This course is all about independent living skills and much MUCH more such as: 
  • A good attitude is best for a positive life-style
  • How to set-goals and be in charge of your destiny
  • How to become successful and love it
  • Ways to overcome negative feelings
  • Accepting a better way to live
  • Learning about former inmates turned their lives around 
  
       12. 25 PosiPower Ways to Stay out of Prison – Inmate           
A determination to take charge of one’s life, and to say “never again and mean it.”  It is a mind-set to love and cherish FREEDOM.  In this course, inmates will learn the do’s and don’ts about life.  It is really quite simple, if you break the law you’re going to prison sooner or later.  There are 25 PosiPower Ways to Stay out of Prison.  Some of the tips are downright hilarious, but most are serious sobering and basic practical advice.  Inmate participants will learn the following tips: 
1.  Maintaining a positive self-image is essential 
2.  Why staying the hell out of “Big Boy” prison is a choice
3.  Buying clothes that fit your ass is a good idea
4.  Staying away from stupid people including family is SMART thinking
5.  Learning various ways to communicate is a survival game
6.  Learning to defuse your own temper is better than someone else doing it for you.
7.  Learn 5 ways not to tick off the “PoPo”
8.  Why take advantage of all the free things in prison: education, therapy etc…      
13. How to talk so People Will Listen to an Ex-Offender – Inmate              
Most people live their life never being detained for a few hours, days, weeks, months, or much less for years that can become decades.  In society, the general population has no idea what it is like to be sitting in a jail cell with no bathroom privacy. They eat what they want, when they want.  It can be a nice meal, steak, hamburger and fries, Wendy’s or McDonalds.  They sleep when they want or not. They can walk in the pouring rain or blazing sunshine without a hat.  For the most part, as free individuals, people do as they please.  In this course, inmates will learn how to turn their imprisonment into a personal ministry that may change someone else’s life for the better.  A current or former inmate can become a role-model of how to turn a negative situation into a positive one.  This course is for whether an inmate is leaving prison or not.  You have voice that can be respected when channeled in a positive direction.  Knowledge is power and wisdom is to be respected.   Be the voice that everyone wants to hear.  Participants learn: 
  • The importance of maintain a positive self-image
  • How to let go of destructive self-talk, but still own mistakes
  • Appropriate grammar and humor
  • How to tell a damn good story about redemption    

 14. Family Planning & Better Parenting Skills – Inmate   
 Children need mothers and fathers who can guide them. They need positive role models that are parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, etc.., but, people make mistakes, little and big ones.  Some big “mistakes” can land a person into a prison cell for a time, for life or even death-row.  Still it is important to become the best parent you can for your child.  Let them know what you expect from them.  But do not continue to have children that you cannot provide for, because it is your responsibility to clothe and feed them.  It is your responsibility to educate and guide your children to their best selves.  Be a PosiParent for your child.  This is your first and most important job in life.  In this course, participants will learn how to become:  
  • A PosiParent role-model 
  • Despite the circumstances how to make your child feel proud of you
  • Appropriate and positive discipline techniques
  • Mother/Daughter and Father/Son Session are components of his course
  • 12 PosiPower Ways to Build the Self-Esteem of your child
 15. PosiPower Ways to Prepare for Court – Inmate   
In this course inmates will learn the importance of preparing for their day in court.  Prison inmates usually have one "bite at the apple" to achieve justice or relief in the court system, as cases are rarely reversed on appeal.  Our course will teach inmates the best way to communicate with their attorney.  They learn how to take an active part in their own defense; while still giving their attorney the final authority to make the best decisions on their behalf. Inmates are also taught how to present themselves in front of a judge or jury in order to make a good 1st impression- such as being properly groomed and speaking in a professional manner.  These skills will give inmates the preparation and confidence to take a POSITIVE and active part in protecting their Constitutional rights.  We will discuss the following:
·       Thinking positively and contrite at the same time – (cannot smile too much)
·       Appropriate ways to respond to the judge or jury 
·       The importance of knowing your own case thoroughly
·       Learning how to communicate and trust your attorney
       Make a Great 1st impression with appropriate grooming