Updated February 2004
Stonewall Arts Project Inc
or Geese USA
TRAINING ---- 65% EXPERIENTIAL
Responsivity centered teaching
learning + hand-outs + training
for anyone in the criminal justice system.
or the Lifting The Weight
Lifting The Weight is
a one hour interactive show for teaching social skills
offenders close to returning
to the world. It is created in four days , on site,
using two trained actors and four offenders. It is
very fast paced, for an audience of no more than 30
offenders at a time.
(This show was created by John
Bergman in 1982 and is a copyright protected production
of Geese USA.)
Point Return is a more pragmatic version of LTW .
It's focus is social and interpersonal
skills development through role play and some drama
therapy. This is a full training module to teach staff
an active strategy for preparing incarcerated young
and older offenders how to return to the realities
of the street/home/school.
The Re-Usable/ Disposable
This is a five
day intensive focusing on drug and alcohol use which
empowers young offenders/users
to re-enact the affective moments of using, depression,
hopelessness/rage and eventually convert these moments
into their task/goal/treatment oriented lesson plans.
The Re-use/Dispose scripts can be videotaped, re-performed
or used in class later or just thrown away.
How to make your own!
is a four day training in how to create an original
production with anyone as either a celebration,
dramatic lesson, catharsis or critical re-examination
of group communication practices.
therapy training for counselors working with
and adult sexual offenders
or sexually reactive children. This work includes
identifying victim empathy, affect regulation, personal
victimization issues, affectively intensive role
work, confronting cognitive distortions, developing
therapy, role-play, drama training in training
staff to work with young offenders
who are violent or have significant issues in aggressive
impulse control. The work focuses acutely on converting
cognitive restructuring into real time affective
tests of intervention skills as well as training
in other "stopping" strategies.
Drumbeat Of Violence
is a three day training for workers of all types
with adult rapists.
Much of the current sex offender training is for
pedophiles. Rapists present huge challenges for therapists.
The training focusses on drama strategies, techniques
to ensure equal gender staff participation and methods
to gain entry to the very private paraphilic world
of the rapist.
INTERNATIONAL STAFF DEVELOPMENT
sensitive trainings for all levels of correctional
workers from commissioner
to line officer in ethical development. Everyone
believes they know what ethics is but not many people
know how to arrive at an ethical decision, what to
do next. How do ethics and in-system rules match
up? Often they have little to do with each other.
20 staff at a time, three days at a time, interactive
curricula using role play, pictures and small group
work - covering interstaff bullying,
classical ethics, system sabotage and the role of
staff in offender change.
criminal justice systems have some points of similarity,
but cultural beliefs
play a large part in any consultant outsiders' successful
advice to them . "What's
the Answer" is : on site visits, data analysis, meetings
and a series of small interactive "forum" meetings
to find critical examples of system failure-correctional
staff distrust , staff bullying staff, ethical corruption
. These "forum" sessions
of Stonewall Arts Project Inc. create the training
What about you?
two day session for counselors, therapists and facility
on - new communication
strategies, personal creativity, regaining a private
self, healing the wound of work. This program is
an intensive and private staff development program,
always given off-site.
Creating The Communal Ear
is a ten day intensive to forge new therapeutic
in your facility. This
program is focussed specifically on juvenile or correctional
workers-the face-to-face enacters of your program.
The aim is to teach about and create a therapeutic
community, to teach staff how to maintain interactive
treatment strategies for violent youth and violent
adult offenders .
Special attention is paid to:
A. The relationship between discipline
in the rest of the facility and in the therapeutic
B . Approved therapeutic principles
C . Senior staff and issue of short-handedness
D . Supervision
on-going supervision of sex offender/violent
ON-going drama therapy with "difficult" or "resistant"
Site-specific affect based treatment design.
Please ask for:
Actually most of our programs are designed entirely
for your facility
- look for the distinctive bag
of masks and the experimental exercises.
more info on the cutting edge of Theatre
and Drama Therapy,
contact Artistic Director John
Bergman at: Macflap@aol.com or firstname.lastname@example.org