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December 21, 2014

Canadian Excellence

Instructor Trainings



Thanks to all the wonderful instructors who participated in our 2014 training! Please keep your eye on this site for 2015 training dates.

Who should take the training? Any college/university/community educator interesed in teaching the Inside-Out model either in correctional facilities or in community based settings. Must be interested in alternative pedagogies and creating news forms of community with criminalized peoples.

Who are the trainers?We are a collective of Inside-Out instructors and incarcerated and non incarcerated alumni of Inside-Out classes. We provide Inside-Out style workshops to community groups and university classes and offer a yearly instructor Inside-Out training. We are called the Walls to Bridges Collective.

What will I learn and experience? A five-day training on the Inside-Out model that we have modified to fit the Canadian context and which is grounded in the lived realities of imprisonment. Your will learn: how to establish a program with your own correctional and academic institutions, how principles of a 'circle of trust' process can enhance authentic and egalitarian facilitation and dialogue; how gender, race, class and other social inequalities shape criminalization processes; experiential activities designed to bring these concepts to life; and so much more!

Where does the training take place? Grand Valley Institution for Women, Kitchener, ON & the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University, Kitchener, ON.

Background:Since 2011, courses based upon the Inside-Out Prison Exchange model operating in the United States (http://www.insideoutcenter.org) have been offered through Canadian universities in Canadian jails/prisons/halfway houses. These are semester-long courses taught by university/college professors within a correctional facility, giving campus-based and incarcerated students the opportunity to learn together in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

Please contact us at insideoutcanada@wlu.ca with questions or to request an application.


"The Walls to Bridges Collective are some of the most phenomenal instructors you could possibly have... I have used every bit of information I gained at the Canadian training, and I can honestly say that I would not have been able to do this without taking the course."

Laura Beth Bugg, University of Sydney