Project Re-integration

Re-integration & Conditioning

The What & Why

True Self believes wholeheartedly that everyone deserves a second chance. Our belief extends to all reaches of our population, especially those that find themselves incarcerated and attempting to reintegrate into society.  Additionally, we believe that as a society we owe it to these individuals and especially their children to do our best to rehabilitate them effectively.  We believe that people are often products of their circumstances and learn much of their behaviors from those around them without the awareness for how they or life in general can be different.  That being said, we can not change the past...only how we think about it.

 

Along the same lines, True Self believes that in order to achieve success, anyone given that chance needs an opportunity to learn about themselves, be given new information, opportunity, optimism and support.  Incarcerated individuals are often from some of the most disadvantaged backgrounds and as a result of their incarceration experience highly stigmatized judgments.  These stigmatizations and judgments are unhelpful and unproductive for the population or society at large as they further perpetuate the problem, instead of accepting them where they are at and offering education and tools to change. In order to rehabilitate and reintegrate this population appropriately, we must educate, nurture and support them without about their socio-emotional needs. Without this information, tools and support, it is no surprise that these individuals frequently find themselves repeating the same maladaptive behaviors that led them to incarceration to begin with.

How?

The True Self Method provides a framework, philosophy and language to change how people think about themselves and choose the people around them. We plan to partner with private, State and Federal agencies to begin the reintegration in the institutions. Then, after release, we will support by continuing education and community support for them and their families. 

Science

Benefits of social and familial support on incarcerated individuals mental health post-release

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0306624x14548023

Drug Use and Crime after Incarceration: The Role of Family Support and Family Conflict

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07418825.2013.771207

A Proposed Intervention Model to Support Families of Individuals Returning Home From Incarceration

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1044389420970008