The nine month T.R.U.S.T. curriculum is built around a structure to move from personal insight and self-assessment to healthy communication, fostering healthy relationships, and preparation for the Parole Board. Consistent attendance is required, and participants contribute to the ground rules for the program at the initial orientation. Small groups are established to facilitate personal sharing.
Participants are expected to complete assignments outside
of the workshops to allow for personal reflection.
After completion of the program, participants graduate and receive a certificate.
They may also earn credits towards sentence reduction.
Workshops are facilitated by a combination of Program Volunteers, Fellows, and outside professionals.
Self-Assessment and Self-Esteem
Old Values/New Values
Grief and Loss
Healthy Relationships/Conflict Resolution
Mindful Speech/Active Listening
Re-establishing Family Relationships
Re-uniting with Children-Project WHAT!
Physical Health/EMT Program
Sexual and Reproductive Health
Evaluation of Risk Assessment
Insight and Parole Board Preparation
Coping with Board Denial
Coping with Stressors/Resiliency
Goal Setting and time Management
Parole Officer Overview
Participants are assigned to a small group which is facilitated by one or two T.R.U.S.T. Fellows.
These groups stay together throughout the duration of the workshop curriculum. The small group format provides an opportunity to delve more deeply into the workshop topics, promotes informal communication, and provides a space to establish new relationships. Fellows benefit from the opportunity to develop skills in leadership.