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Training Institutes


Due to COVID-19, The Inside-Out Center has temporarily changed its method of conducting trainings to a virtual platform. We began the new process in August 2020 and, to date, all sessions have had a full complement and have gone very well. We invite returning citizens who were involved in Inside-Out during their incarceration to participate in our training sessions. They come from different parts of the country and international locations, as well.

Until further notice, we will continue our virtual model and will only change back to in-person training sessions when we are able to re-enter prisons. Even after we begin in-person / in-prison trainings again, we will continue to offer some virtual trainings as an alternative option.

Below is the current training schedule. It will be updated in the near future. Hours for trainings are from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm EST daily.

Some topics Included during the training:

If you are interested in attending a training in 2022, please submit your online application BY CLICKING THE BLUE 2022 BUTTON and indicate your two preferences for your preferred training dates. As dates become final, we will update the website. You can change your training date selection by contacting Eilene Frierson at

Click here for a 14-minute audio file which describes what Inside-Out does and what it does not do. The recording also maps out the arc of the Inside-Out semester and describes the methodology used. Finally, the tape provides an overview of the Instructor Training Institute. Please note any questions, comments, or concerns that you may have based on what you hear in order to discuss them during your interview.

Have Questions?
Click here for our FAQ page to find answers for many of your questions.

If you have any questions or need additional information about the upcoming 2022 training season, please contact Eilene Frierson at We look forward to seeing you in 2022.

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Lori Pompa

Click here to learn more about the training facilitators.

“The amount of practical information that I have gained is overwhelming, but that is not the most valuable thing. Over the course of this week, particularly when we visited Graterford, I rediscovered a part of me that I haven’t seen in 25 years or so. I’m surprised at the emotional turmoil it has generated. But I also feel like I have found a community that I did not know existed. It is a gift to be surrounded by people who understand what I am saying when I talk about prisons…people that I don’t have to explain everything to. And the training has stirred up an intellectual excitement that I have not felt in years.”

(Inside-Out Instructor reflecting on the training)

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Zoom screen of a virtual training

Some of the participants and coaches of Inside-Out Training #71, a virtual training held with faculty of The Ohio State University in early May 2021.

Click here to apply to the 2021 Inside-Out Instructor Training Institutes.

Click here to apply to the 2022 Inside-Out Instructor Training Institutes.