Suddenly Free – Now What?

Most prison inmates have definite release dates; especially those whose sentences are prescribed by an exact number of years. When the time comes for their releases, however, few have given enough thought, nor have they made adequate preparation for being suddenly independent. The punishment for his or her crimes has been rendered and served. However, the intended rehabilitative properties of incarceration may not have been as effective.

Those involved in case management, aftercare, field supervision and social transition may not fully understand the best approaches to assisting the “returning citizen.” Often, the plans, programs, and assistance offered are based solely on the perspectives of the provider.

This course will provide insight from an expert “insider”, who experienced 15 years of his own incarceration, researching “the system” inside and out, and who has mentored and assisted others with a high percentage of success.

Educational Objectives

At the completion of this course the participants will be able to comprehend:

  • Return Readiness – The key factors which determine the success or failure of the returning citizen, contrasting those who genuinely have good intentions with those who do not.
  • Mental Incarceration – The critical issues and culture that shape the mindset of the former prisoner, his/her habits and dominant behavioral propensities as well as the culture shock of being newly released.
  • Social Security – How to mitigate the social and psychological pressures associated with sudden freedom, including the hierarchy of needs from the perspective of the new releasee.

Available Continuing Education:

  • DMH
  • MAAP

Cost

$25

Presenter

Sheldon Gooch, MS

Location

MSPHI

Date

Feb. 3, 2020

Time

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Cost

$25

Presenter

Sheldon Gooch, MS

Location

MSPHI