Format for Community Discussion

This format should be used when clarification is needed on a particular issue or situation that has occurred  with an  RDAP  participant. This format  has  evolved as  a  result of  confusion  that  has occurred in the community meetings when issues arise that do not fit in a specified format (e.g., giving  feedback).  For  example,  participants  would  like to  express  their  concern  regarding  a participant’s problematic behavior (e.g., he received an incident report for stealing food from the kitchen or is believed to have sold commissary to another inmate).

When there is an incident that needs discussion or clarification during any part of the meeting, a staff member, peer counselor or any participant ought to suggest that an issue needs clarification. The  community  will  then  determine  whether  or  not  the  issue  needs  clarification,  or if it is determined by  majority  vote or  stall’s  direction  that  clarification is  necessary. The meeting facilitators will announce that “discussion” is needed. The facilitators will call on individuals in sets of 3 to request clarification until appropriate  clarification  has  been  provided  or it  has been determined that another activity needs to take place (e.g., feedback or learning experiences). The facilitators will assist the community in identifying the issues that they would like clarified by a specific  individual  (e.g.,  where  were  you?  What  did  you  say to  him?  Did  you  steal  food  from the kitchen? Etc.).

Participants are to ask the question directly to the individual in a non-judgmental manner.  The individual should answer the question in an appropriate, respectful manner using “I” statements. Participants should focus on speaking for themselves. It is also possible that during this phase of the meeting participants “will provide clarification on the issue, (e.g., “I heard you try to sell the chicken to my  roommate.” “you  told me if  I  did  not  get  out of  your  face  I  would  be  sorry!”)


* Staff is always in control of treatment activities so they will give the community direction at any time.

* Look at people when you speak to them. Practice  the “eight attitudes” in your interactions. “snitching” refers to a behavior that is inappropriate in the treatment program. Snitching according to the treatment program is when you tell on someone for the express purpose of getting back at him or her or getting yourself out of trouble. Holding someone accountable is when you want to help someone with their behavior by pointing out issues with which they are struggling and should be motivated by caring for that individual.

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