Life Skills Training
Tayba Foundation recognizes that clients may be deficient in the life skills needed to successfully navigate the challenges and difficulties of prison life. We also understand that strong life skills, coupled with spiritual instruction and higher education opportunities, can help the formerly incarcerated become law-abiding citizens following parole.
Tayba offers clients a constellation of life-skills courses developed by dedicated teams of professionals and thriving former prisoners. Self-directed, the courses encourage robust independent study, allowing clients to work on relevant topics at a pace that works for them.
We find that inmates are far more likely to evaluate their lives and discern areas of improvement while incarcerated. Written by real people who worked through real problems, the Tayba curriculum encourages clients to apply effective problem-solving techniques to scenarios that closely mirror what they may experience while incarcerated or after release. At Tayba, we realize that a strong evaluative process builds stronger programs. Inasmuch, our life-skills offerings are peer-reviewed and constantly enhanced by our professional partners. Spanish offerings are available.
1. Character Reform
Denial and self-justifying messages perpetuate the cycle of recidivism. Given this cycle, the Offender Responsibility Course stresses client insight and the acceptance of behaviors to the end of helping clients move beyond self-deception.
The Anger Management Course helps clients identify their “anger triggers” so that explosive anger can be mitigated. The more clients learn about anger, the more productive their lives become.
Using historical fiction as a therapeutic backdrop, the Cognitive Awareness Course encourages clients to explore some of the negative thought patterns that led to debilitative problems. Cognitive Awareness is especially helpful when paired with counseling.
At Tayba, we find that repeat offenders have substantial self-defeating thoughts and behaviors. The Offender Corrections Course targets clients that have a high potential of recidivism because of faulty thinking. An intense course, Offender Corrections challenges clients to explore the consequences of faulty thinking with an eye toward sustainable improvement.
2. Addressing Criminal Behavior
While the Domestic Violence Course provides tools for both victim and abuser, we find that the material is especially valuable for our clients living with the legal, emotional, and relational impacts of their abuse of others. Furthermore, new insights gleaned from the course reduce the risk of continued violence following parole.
This offering helps client’s see that driving is a privilege and not a right. Cognitive restructuring is a core component of this course, allowing clients to address the faulty thinking that led to poor decisions.
Theft is the product of poor decision making, not a onetime mistake. In the Theft/Shoplifting Course we help clients take ownership of their missteps, helping them recognize how many individuals are impacted by theft. When addiction is a comorbidity of theft, the course helps clients recognize how multiple negative behaviors can snowball into crisis.
The Substance Abuse Course explores two fictitious families. The first family is drugfree, while the second is deeply impacted by addiction. These true-to-life scenarios help our clients see the ways substance abuse adversely impacts both the individual and the family system.
3. Towards A Better Future
Tayba’s employment course addresses the faulty thinking that perpetuates unemployment and underemployment. Storytelling is used in the course, allowing clients to see how fictitious characters moved toward gainful employment.
Many of Tayba’s clients wrestle with the impact of family discord. The Contentious Relationship offering uses cognitive restructuring models to support clients who wish to reconnect with estranged families after release. Like the Cognitive Awareness course, the Relationships curriculum works to push clients beyond negative thought patterns, and towards responsibility and forgiveness.
Research indicates that abuse and neglect of others is learned behavior. In the Parenting Course, we help our clients overcome negative scripting so they can model positive attitudes and behaviors for their children. The course seeks to help family mending in the short-term, while also curbing cycles that negatively impact families through generations.