Coaching skills are widely taught to corporate and nonprofit leaders, but the coach approach has rarely, if ever, been taught to people incarcerated in prisons and jails.
The core purpose of Coaching for Healing and Non-Violence is to bring life changing coaching skills to cohorts of men that are peer educators, teachers, facilitators and mentors at California State Prison - Los Angeles County.
While this work is on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will resume the program as soon as we can. We also anticipate expanding the program to two women’s prisons in Los Angeles, with 25 incarcerated women in each cohort.
Coaching is an asset-based approach that uses deep listening, empowering questions, visioning, accountability and somatic work to support people to break old habits, to develop new practices and embrace change.
Out of the 25 graduates of the Coaching Healing and Non-Violence program in 2019, almost half have secured release or are in process of being released from prison, even though many of them were serving life without the possibility of parole. Many of the participants attributed their fortitude in front of the parole board in part to their coaching training.