Voices from Sustaining Futures
Sustaining Futures: The Need for Community in Practice
Community can be a powerful insulator against the effects of burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma. Hear from some of our participants on their experience as part of the Sustaining Futures community.
Reckoning with the Realities, Trauma, and Deprivation of Teaching in a Prison Environment
Faculty and staff often encounter unexpected challenges and obstacles when teaching in prison, whether it be from the prison itself or from their own programs. Without adequate supports and resources in place, it can wear on the individual’s wellbeing over time.
Education’s Humanizing Effect
While the punitive nature of prisons results in an environment that dehumanizes and deprives those who are incarcerated, educators in prisons are able to empower their students and build their confidence.
The Restorative Power of Community
The faculty and staff already had a strong commitment to teaching in prison. But the relationships and sense of belonging built as a result of their participation in Sustaining Futures continued to empower and strengthen their commitment.
Wellness in Practice
The sustainability of these programs are related to how an individual prioritizes their own wellness. Without practicing wellness, the effects of burnout, vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue can lead to poor program outcomes and faculty turnover.
Lessons Learned: Building Our Own Internal Resilience
Resilience is ordinary, not extraordinary! Hear from our participants on how they were able to distribute and share responsibilities with each other and build a community of practice.
Sharing Our Experiences: Advice For Future Educators
Despite all the challenges and obstacles, teaching in prison is a rewarding experience. Hear from some of our participants on what has been helpful for them to begin and continue this work.