Since our company launch, we've been working with the jail and prison population in bringing authentic relating to incarcerated men and women, teaching participants how to cultivate and participate in healthy, nonviolent, compassionate relationships.


ART offers a program and curriculum for jails and prisons that directly addresses seven of the eight criminogenic risk factors, which are critical in preventing recidivism.

Top Criminogenic Risk Factors Addressed:

  • Anti-social/criminal cognition

    • Through an assortment of techniques designed to give profound experiences of empathy, Authentic Relating offers a unique way of changing the participants perspective to one that is pro-social.  When a participant gains access to the ability to deeply connect to others, it naturally becomes much harder to harm. The intentions of integrity, honoring others, and taking personal accountability are also guiding principles we touch on throughout our training that are not only taught but practiced and ingrained through experiential learning.    

  • Anti-social companions

    • Participants will be experiencing connection in ways they likely have not before.  Participant often remark how rare this experience of true connection is in their lives.  Through inner work and exploring some fundamental areas of non-violent communication, participants report getting a better sense of the way people impact us.  As a result, it casts light on relationships that no longer serve them, and after the weekend people often have to renegotiate the closest connections to them.  The intention and practice of integrity and honoring self also implant a powerful motivation to consciously choose not to engage with companions that create harm in one’s life.

  • Anti-social personality/temperament

    • This program is just as much about connecting to self as it is to other.  The two are in fact intertwined. By teaching participants skills to connect to self they are able to better access their emotional intelligence - one of the key ingredients to managing impulsivity.  Throughout the course we encourage participants to exercise this ability and effectively express themselves to others.

Bottom Criminogenic Risk Factors Addressed:

  • Family and/or marital circumstances

    • Having the ability to create close connections is at the heart of this training, and it would mean little if it wasn’t portable and able to be brought into use with the relationships that mean the most to us.  As one person gains these skills, they are easily usable within families and close relationships even if the other members of the family have not been trained.

  • Addiction

    • Many of the leading minds in the addictions field speak about connection being the foundation of why we compulsively engage in this behavior.  Our program offers a rather way of addressing attachment wounds, by completely retraining the participants sense of what connection is and how to do it.  Furthermore, by engaging with the agreements and intentions of the course, participants will get to practice, internalize, and create a strong framework for self-responsibility, transparency, and integrity.  Many participants have reported that they have been able to stop their addictive behaviors due to the profound impact these skills have made.

  • Employment/Education

    • These skills are directly translatable to a job interview.  Many have reported that by using these skills they have been much more successful when pursuing jobs, creating lasting connections in an interview, and people talk about doors opening for them they never knew were possible.  

  • Leisure

    • Our practices are not limited to a short-lived weekend – there is a giant community of Authentic Relators in the community hosting a variety of events to spend one’s leisure time.  Most of these events have a sliding scale and we make them available to our participants getting out. Events include community circling (a core authentic relating practice), game nights, and many other psychoeducation opportunities.  

 Ryel with our inmate participants at the Boulder County Jail

Ryel with our inmate participants at the Boulder County Jail

The ART program provides the most potent tools and skills available in empowering participants to develop a pro-social orientation to relationships and to the community at large. Our participants have experienced radical transformation as they come to terms with their past and drop their defensive mechanisms, engage in an expertly-facilitated environment to practice new ways of relating, and acquire a bedrock of foundational communication and relationship skills that directly support their healthy integration into society.

ART led the first ever authentic relating weekend course at a correctional facility in early 2018 at the Boulder County Jail, which was a life-changing experience for those involved. You can read more about the weekend on our blog. We continue to make strides in bringing out work further into this world and are committed to transmitting the transformational potential of authentic relating to men and women who can most greatly benefit from it.

Our Jails and Prisons Coordinator, Laurie Lazar, is dedicated to bringing our work to inmates and facilities. Please contact her for any further information or with any questions at laurie@authenticrelatingtraining.com.


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 Ryel, Jahmaya and Laurie with our inmate participants at the Centennial Correctional Facility in Canyon City, Colorado

Ryel, Jahmaya and Laurie with our inmate participants at the Centennial Correctional Facility in Canyon City, Colorado