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The Intensive Journal method can transform the
lives of offenders in a fundamental and permanent way in a cost-effective
manner. We have conducted workshops throughout the criminal justice system
for both men and women and at minimum and maximum security facilities.
Our program can help offenders in a number of ways. In essence, it helps
participants connect at a deep inner level with their true self and more
fully realize their human potential and value as a person. They give
recognition to their feelings, coming to terms with painful experiences
about which they were in denial, and realizing how their attitudes and
behavior are impacting the status of their lives.
As a result, it is not uncommon to witness sizable changes in behavior.
Offenders treat other inmates with greater respect; they see them as persons
who are similarly living with a painful past. Prison officials find that
offenders treat them with greater respect. Dr. Harvey Shrum reports that
they need less depression medication. We see these changes even with
offenders who have life-time prison sentences.
Why does the Progoff methodology help offenders?
The method is a powerful psychological tool that can help people
of different backgrounds make major strides in their self-development.
Therefore, offenders who take the process seriously can similarly benefit
from participating in an excellent program.
The Intensive Journal method employs minimal terminology;
participants with a low level of education or interest in self-development
programs can benefit.
Offenders become immersed in their own process. The process
captivates them - they are dealing with their own lives, finding answers for
themselves. The exercises bypass preconceived ways of thinking to help them
focus inward on themselves which is of great interest.
"I observed how quiet it was. The journal had gripped not only me: everyone
was lost in the adventure toward self...Something had been opened in each of
Charles H. Evans, II, Inmate published in Fellowship in
"Awakening Behind the Walls in an Intensive Journal Workshop, "
October, 1986, pp. 43-46.
"When our attention is focused at the depth of our being in the context of the wholeness of our life, resources for a profound knowledge of life become accessible to us."
The Intensive Journal workshop becomes a life changing experience.