Autobiography Presentation Requirements

Directions: your task is to write a story about your life using the areas and questions listed below as a guide. Make sure that in  your story  you address the  information that is asked for in the  questions.  Any additional information is welcome. This autobiography needs to be a minimum of 5 pages. Please add additional pages if you need them. Your autobiography will bepresented in-group.

Family history:  the  following  are  issues to  be  covered in  the  family  section of  your autobiography:

A. Demographic information:

Who are you? When and where were you born? How old are you currently?

Family members: Parents names and ages, siblings names and ages.

Atmosphere: Did you  grow up with  your natural  family? If so, what was it like growing upinyour house? If not, who did you live with, i.e. Extended family members, foster care, etc? How are  you  parented?  Was it  lenient?  Strict?  What  kinds of  punishment  did  you  receive in  your family:  physical,  emotional,  verbal,  etc.?  Did  you  get  along  with  your  parents  (caregivers)? Siblings?  Who  did  you  get  along  with  best?  Who  did  you  have the  most  trouble  getting  along with?

Deaths:  While  you  were  growing  up,  did  any  significant  people in  your  life  die?  Who  were they?  What  was  your  relationship  with  this  person  like?  How old  were  you  when  they  died? How did you life change after they died?

Parent’s marital history: Were your parents together the entire time you were growing up? If not, when did they separate / divorce?  How old were  you? Who did  you  live with?  Were there remarriages (or significant relationship partners)? How did you get along with your parents’ new partners? Do  you  have  half-siblings as  the  result of  these  relationships?  How  do  you  get  along with  these  half-siblings?  What  was  their  relationship  like,  i.E.  How  did  they  interact  with  each other? Marital   history:   are   you  currently  or  have   you  ever  been   married?   List   your  wives, approximately  when  you  were  married,  any  children,  when  you  divorced,  etc.  What  were  your relationships like with these women? What are your relationships like with your children? If you have  never been  married, list significant  relationships that  you  have been in, any children  from these relationships, etc.

Family support while incarcerated:  What  kind of  support  have  you  received  from  your family while incarcerated? Do you anticipate their being supportive of your recovery when you are released? Are they in any counseling or recovery programs themselves?

B. Alcohol/drug use history

The following issues are to be addressed in the alcohol/drug history section of your autobiography:

First use:  What  did  you  use  first?  How  old  were  you?  Who  did  you  use  with?  What  was  the experience like for you?

Continued use: Describe all drugs that you used across your lifetime. For each drug, answer the following: what did you use? How old were you when you first used it? What was your use of that drug like over time: amount? Frequency? When was the last time you use each drug?

Consequences: In  detail,  explain  the  consequences  that  you  have  suffered as  a  result of  your drug  use.  Consider  the  following  areas:  health,  family  relationships,  school,  work,  financial, social, mental, emotional, legal.

Treatment history:  Have  you  ever  been in  treatment  for  drugs? If  so,  when  (how  old  were you?)  and  where?  Did  you  receive  treatment?  Did  you  complete  the  treatment  program?  How long did you stay clean after being released from treatment?

Self-help attendance:  Have  you  ever  attended  12-step  groups;  prior to  incarceration?  When and where? Were you required to do so? What was your impression of the meetings? How long did you attend? Did you get a sponsor? Did you use your sponsor? Did you work the steps?

Drug use while incarcerated:  Have  you  ever  taken  drugs  while  incarcerated,  whether  you were caught or not? When was the last time you used?

C. Criminal history

The following issues are to be addressed in the criminal history section of your autobiography:

Family rules: What was your attitude toward rules? How did you respond to the rules in your family? Which rules did  you break the  most? How did  your parents/caregivers respond to  your rule breaking? What consequences did you experience as a result of your rule breaking?

School rules: What was your attitude toward rules?  How did  you respond to the rules of your school?  How  did  you  deal  with  the  authorities?  Did  you  get in  trouble  a  lot?  What  did  you generally get in trouble for? What were the consequences?

Social rule breaking: When did you begin breaking the rules/laws of society? What was your attitude toward rules/laws?

Criminal behavior:  Describe  all of  the  criminal  behaviors  that  you  have  participated  in, whether  you  were  caught  or  not!!!  What  types of  behaviors  did  you  participate  in?  Were  these done solo or with others?  For those that  you  got away with, what was  your  thinking when  you realized that you did get away with it? Describe how your criminal behavior escalated over time.

Arrest history: How many times have you been arrested? For how many of these arrests were you  convicted  (found  guilty)?  What  types  of  behavior  have  you  been  arrested  for?  Have  you ever been given probation rather than jail time? How did you respond to this?

Incarceration history: Over your life, how much time have you served in jail (include juvenile and  adult  incarcerations)?  What  charges  have  you  received  incarceration  for  (list each  charge, the time you received and the amount of time you served)? Where have you been incarcerated? What  security  level  was each  prison?  What is  the  longest  time  you’ve  been on  the  streets between  jail  terms?  What is  the  longest  period of  time on  the  streets in  which  you  have  not participated in any criminal behavior?

Rule breaking/criminal  behavior while incarcerated:  What  types of  incident  reports  have you  received  while  incarcerated?  What  types of  rule  breaking/criminal  behavior  have  you participated in while incarcerated, whether caught or not?

D. Educational history

The following issues are to be addressed in the educational history section of your autobiography:

Grade School:  Where did you attend school?  What were your grades like?  What was your behavior like? Did you get held back in grade(s)? Which ones? What was your response? Were you ever in any special education classes, speech or hearing classes, behavioral disorder classes or  learning  disability  classes?  What  kinds  of  disciplinary  problems  did  you  experience?  What was  that  experience  like to  you?  What  were  your  relationships  like  with  your  teachers?  What were your relationships like with other students?

Junior High School:  Answer  all  the  same  questions as  those  listed  under  grade  school. In addition, during any of these grades did you quit school? Why did you quit?

High School: Answer all the same questions as those listed under grade school and junior high school. In addition, did you graduate? What was your final grade average?

College: Did you attend college? Where? When? What did you study?  Did  you complete a degree? If so, what type of degree did you earn? What were your grades like?

Education  while  incarcerated:  What  types of  educational  classes  have  you  taken  while incarcerated? Do you intend to use them in some way once you are released? Why or why not?

E. Employment history

The following issues are to be addressed in the employement history section of your autobiography:

First job: How old were you? What did you do? Did you get paid?

History of  jobs: Starting with your most recent job, list each job that you have held, what you were doing on that job and how long you stayed at that job. Were you ever terminated from any of these jobs? If so, what were the reason(s)? Did you ever use your legitimate job as a means of committing a crime? If you have never held a legitimate job, what did you do to earn money, i.e. Criminal activity, lived with relative, public assistance, etc.?

Employment  while  incarcerated:  What  types  of  jobs  have  you  been  assigned to  while incarcerated? What kind of work reports have you received? Do you intend on looking for a job in this area when you are released? Why or why not?

RDAP Victim Empathy Presentation Requirements

  • Let go of all of your previous thoughts about your victims.
  • Enter into your victim’s world  and make contact  with  their  experience.  Try to “grasp” what is  most  important,  meaningful,  and  touching  for  them.  Try to  see  the  incident through their perspective.
  • Practice expressing what they are feeling about that painful experience.
  • Imagine  how it  would  feel  and  what  you  would  have  said/done if  someone  had  done “This” to you.
  • Indicate what your victims did and said to indicate their pain.
  • Write things that  you would  not  normally  speak about. Write  your paper asif  you’re the only person who is going to read it.

Victim Empathy Letter

1. Write a 3-4 page letter from your victim to you containing:

  • Victim’s name, age, length of victimization and relationship with this person.
  • The victim is to explain three or more specific situations in detail and explain how it made them feel. List the short and long term consequences they have experienced (paint a vivid picture for the group).

2. Write a 2-3 page letter from you to your victim containing:

  • You’re acceptance and acknowledgment of victimization.
  • Identify abuse, behavior and/or criminal offense against the victim.
  • A sincere, detailed apology and amends expressing the areas you will  change sothat you will not repeat the same behavior in the future.

3. Read both letters to the group

4. Group discussion.

Victim Empathy Role Play

1. State victim/victims name, age, and the relationship with this person.

2. What was the abuse,  behavior,  or criminal offense against the victim or victims and briefly describe each situation.

3. Role-play: group  members play the victim and speak directly to  you expressing  victim’s hurt to you.

4. Victimizer with the help of group you will identify all consequences of behavior. Display on board and recorded on paper.

  • Victim’s short term consequences
  • Victim’s long-term consequences

5. Role-play:  victimizer  will  face  the  victim  and  offer  a  detailed  sincere,  apology  and express the areas that he will change in so that he will not repeat the same behavior in the future.

6. Group discussion on how the victimizer feels after the role-play.

Victim Empathy Skit

1. State the victim’s name, age, length of victimization and relationship with this person.

2. What was the abuse, behavior,  or criminal offense  against the victim?  Explain three or more specific situations in detail to be discussed in-group. Also list and discuss short and long term consequences.

3. Skit:

  • Choose the most dramatic victimization experience and perform a 3-5 minute presentation. Props are acceptable.
  • The victimizer will play the role of the victim.
  • Utilize any of the members of your assigned group.

4. Group discussion on victimization.

5. The victimizer will offer a detailed sincere apology and amends expressing the areas that he will change in so that he will not repeat the same behavior in the future. 

 

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