Date

5-2020

Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Department

Health and Human Services

Major

Collaborative Health and Human Services

Abstract

Friends Outside is a non-profit organization that focuses on empowering the incarcerated population as well as those on probation. The goal of the organization is to teach this population the proper skills they need to successfully reintegrate back into society through weekly group sessions. Clients who are mandated by probation to attend these meetings are often not showing up or do not participate during group. This is due to the fact that the clients do not understand the value of the program. If clients are not participating in the groups offered to them, then they are not able to learn the proper skills they need in order to thrive in society. Furthermore there is an increase in recidivism, substance use/abuse, and a loss in program funding. The purpose of this project was to increase client attendance and participation during the community groups. Clients worked on engaging activities and team building exercises to help build trust within the group. These activities also reinforced the skills being taught in the curriculum. The results were that the clients showed up on time, attendance increased, and clients opened up during the group. It is recommended that Friends Outside facilitators continue to enforce group rules and team building exercises to further strengthen the groups participation.

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