Rehabilitation Programs |
Research Studies |
Dialogue House is seeking to organize independent research studies to
determine the effectiveness of the Intensive Journal method in
helping spur offender rehabilitation. These studies could be done with
offenders who are either incarcerated or not. We are especially interested
in measuring the short-term impact of using our method over a six to nine
month period upon behavior and attitude of offenders.
Please contact Jon Progoff at 800-221-5844 or email:
more information if you would like to help us organize a study.
Folsom State Prison
Study by Harvey Shrum, Ed.D
Dr. Harvey Shrum tracked the recidivism rate over 100 inmates who
attended at least one Intensive Journal program while incarcerated at
Folsom Prison. Dr. Shrum concluded:
"Through [the Intensive Journal method’s]
non-judgmental, non-analytical nature, it gives the writer a mirroring
capability that increases the energy, power, and effectiveness of the
process over time. This experience has an empowering effect upon the
Intensive Journal writer."
"In the ten years since its introduction at Folsom
State Prison, not one inmate who had completed at least the introductory
Intensive Journal workshop returned to prison."
Powerful Tool for Mental
"Without therapeutic intervention shortly after these
events, they [inmates] became at greater risk for antisocial behavior,
low-self-esteem, depression, low educational attainment, underemployment,
substance abuse, mental illness, and suicidal ideation. The Intensive
Journal program helped them to deal with their issues in a safe,
Proven Record of Offender
"The Intensive Journal method also holds great
promise in rehabilitating inmates as well as preventing young people from
taking the path that often leads to addictions and incarceration. It
is...conducive in fostering self-improvement,...fostering/developing
vocational interests, in increasing awareness and healing of health,
addictions, and relationships. It...improves writing and communication
skills, enhances relationships with family, and achieves breakthroughs in
issues and decision-making."
Shrum, Ed.D., Harvey (September, 2004). No
Longer Theory: Correctional Practices That Work. The Journal of
Correctional Education, 55(3), 225-235.