Phoenix Rising

Phoenix Rising is a 20-session programme addressing the main concerns of being in prison and preparing for re-entry. The sessions are contained in a participant’s workbook providing narrative prompts for conversation about vital themes in ‘skills for healing’. Work happens in small groups of 8-12 participants


Goals of the Phoenix Rising programme

The Phoenix Rising programme assists inmates to:

  • see their lives positively;
  • value themselves and others;
  • recognise their gifts and creative talents;
  • communicate with others respectfully;
  • set boundaries to protect themselves from attack or abuse;
  • find creative ways to solve conflicts and problems; and
  • set goals for their lives and map a path forward.

The sessions covered are:

  • Our stories
  • Being in prison
  • Dealing with loss
  • Self-esteem
  • Understanding human behaviour
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Citizenship
  • Being a parent
  • Dealing with relationships
  • Confronting gender violence/abuse of women and children
  • Understanding LGBTI
  • Perspectives in religious faith
  • Addictions
  • Listening
  • Restorative Justice and VoD
  • Tips for parole