BPRRS Aftercare Support Program

BPRRS Aftercare Support Program

Program Coordinator:  BPRRS STAFF – Steven Provost, Mike Austin

Program Status: Being Held On Private Zoom Video Chat Room

 ******** Next Meeting is scheduled ********

 6/1/2020 at 12:00 Noon

Number of Participants Registered for this day ( 0 ) as of 6/1/2020

If You are Interested in joining us for this support group, Please Contact …

  • Executive Director: Steven Provost at 857-990-8549
  • Director of Rentry Services, Michael Austin at 857-217-5935

needed for meetings

  • client name tags needed
  • Refreshments coffee (other ???)
  • Seashell, Stick,
  • Candle
  • YouTube.com Video (Indian Talking Stick Video (1:58 mins)

Program Description

Aftercare support programming for returning citizens which will consist of the following

1. Here and Now support Groups

Here and now groups are groups of 10 people that are in a seated circle each person holds a seashell and tells the group about how the past week went , if person had a or has a problem with something, the staff member and the group would make suggestions, so next time the problem comes up the person and have better outcome for him/her.

2. We give a Powerpoint on the Talkin Stick (See Below) Done on frist group only

What is the purpose of a Talking Stick and Seashell?

the seashell is used like a  Talking Stick which is a tool used in many Native American Traditions when a council is called. It allows all council members to present their Sacred Point of View. The Talking Stick is passed from person to person as they speak and only the person holding the stick is allowed to talk during that time period.The story of the talking stick originated from five Native American tribes: the Mohawk, Seneca, Cayuga, Oneida, and the Onandaga. These tribes all lived in what is now upper New York state, near the shores of Lake Ontario. But, in those days, these tribes were all fighting each other, having terrible wars.

The”Talking Stick” is a handy technique to use in a group meeting to make sure that each person gets to have–and finish–their say without being interrupted. Here’s how it works.

  • Pick a small item to be used as the Talking Stick. A stick, small ball, beanbag, stuffed animal. Something small that is easily tossed and caught, and won’t break anything.
  • Lay the item on a place in the middle of the group.
  • The person who wants to talk first, picks up the Talking Stick and starts speaking.
  • No-one interrupts the person who is holding the Talking Stick.
  • If the speaker needs some time to think before s/he is finished, then everyone just waits until they’re ready.
  • When the speaker is finished s/he lays the Talking Stick back down in its place, or asks who wants it next and then tosses it to that person.
  • The next person talks until they’ve had their say, and so on until everyone has had their turn.

This area Under Construction (posted 5/4/2020)

Second meeting Description

Meeting held in person groups of 10 or less

start time: TBD

Coffee serviced before start at start at the meeting

sit in a group circle of 5 people in group with one staff member, each memeber intro’s him/her self. then staff reminds everone of the group rules. Each Group member will take the seashell (talking stick) and in a timeframe of 5 mins tell the group how His/her week went, if there is something the ggroup can help him/her with to help so next time the problem happens

  Printed curriculum Handbooks (see Below-  Books)


  •   Book 1. Values Clarification, Goal Setting, & Achieving
  •   Book 2. Anger Management
  •   Book 3. Victim Awareness & Restitution
  •   Book 4. Problem Solving & Decision- Making
  •   Book 5. Counseling on Individual community Reentry concerns

Approved programming {see below –Approved programming}

Approved programming

  • Job fairs
  • Visit from other organizations (approved by BPRRS Board of Directors)
  • Treatment Groups (Recovery, Smart Recovery, AA, Na, SlAA, SA, Misc)

We will also use time to help  clients doing

  • mock job interviews,
  • Resumes,
  • Job Searches,
  • and other misc Employment areas