As of the end of our 2019 training season, we have hosted 65 training institutes, which have prepared 1,000+ educators worldwide to facilitate Inside-Out and other community-based learning courses.

The Instructor Training Institute is a comprehensive seven-day, 60+ hour intensive training program that covers everything necessary to develop a course in the Inside-Out model, including:

The training days are long, intense, and very interactive. Three of the training days will take place inside of a prison. Participants will learn through observation, hands-on experience, and engagement with groups of incarcerated individuals who have years of experience in the Inside-Out methodology. Click here to listen to training facilitator Ella Turenne discuss what to expect during a typical training week.

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Scroll down to our FAQ section for answers to many of your questions. If you have other questions, please contact

Welcome to the 2020 Inside-Out Training Season

Below are the dates and locations, plus a convenient link (to be posted ASAP) for you to submit your online application for the training that best fits your schedule. The number of available spots are limited for each location and it’s important to apply as early as you can.

  • #66: West Virginia: January 5th to January 11th – Tygart Lake; Grafton, WV
    The deadline for applications for Training #66 is November 29, 2019.
  • #67: Philadelphia: March 7th to March 13th – Location TBA
  • #68: British Columbia: May 20th to May 26th – Kwantlen Polytechnic University; Surrey, BC ; (Lodging TBA)
  • #69: Illinois: June 7th to June 13th – Lewis University; Romeoville, IL
  • #70: Alabama: June 14th to June 20th – Univ of North Alabama; Florence, AL
  • #71: Philadelphia: June 26th to July 2nd – Arcadia University; Glenside, PA
  • #72: Michigan: July 12th to July 18th; (Location and Lodging TBA)
  • #73: West Virginia: August 2nd to August 8th – Tygart Lake; Grafton, WV (Tentative)
  • #74: Philadelphia: August 8th to 14th – Arcadia University; Glenside, PA

We are hoping to hold trainings in Australia, the UK, and Mexico in 2021. Please stay tuned.

Fees and Tuition for 2020 are listed below (fees are subject to change).
$100.00 – Application Fee (non-refundable)
$2175.00 – Tuition
$600.00 – Overnight Lodging*
$175.00 – Commuter Fee, if not staying overnight at the conference center

*The cost of lodging will depend on the final location.

Please begin to secure your funding for attending a training. Review our suggested funding tips by clicking the button below.

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Training Institute FAQs

Q: What is the first step I should take when I consider applying?
A: Determine how you will secure funding. Although a few participants will be self-pay, the majority of training participants work with their institutions/organizations to acquire funding. In some situations, this can take up to a year or more. Please make plans far in advance. Click here for a PDF document with suggestions for how to raise money for the training.

Q: What does the application process require?
A: 1. Complete the online application (see link above) 2. Pay the application fee. Instructions are provided on the application page. 3. Schedule and complete a 45-minute interview and introductory phone call with the executive director Lori Pompa.

Q: If I complete the three-step application process (as outlined above), is my acceptance guaranteed?
A: Final decision for acceptance into a training is made by executive director Lori Pompa. Also, there is limited space for each training group.

Q: When will I find out if I am accepted?
A: The final decision for acceptance into the training is made by Lori Pompa and you will be informed via email by Eilene Frierson.

Q: Is it possible to commute to the training?
A: Yes, but it is not recommended. Most training days are long with both early morning and evening activities. There are also group projects that require meetings outside of the formal schedule. Commuting can add a significant burden to an already demanding week.

Q: Am I responsible for any of my meals during the training?
A: No. All of your meals will be provided once the training begins.

Q: Where does the training take place?
A: Most of the training takes place at the conference site, which is hyperlinked above in the training date/location section. Three or four days will require travel to a designated prison site from the conference site.

Q: Will I be allowed to enter the prison?
A: All participants must be approved through a clearance process determined by each correctional facility. In some situations, this process can take six weeks or longer. The appropriate clearance form(s) and the instructions for completing and returning the form(s) will be sent to you by Eilene Frierson once you have been accepted into a training.

Q: I am not a higher education instructor. Can I still benefit from the training?
A: Yes. The Inside-Out Training Institutes are open to anyone. However, be advised that much of the content of the training is geared toward higher education instructors who wish to teach Inside-Out courses. The Inside-Out curriculum may be modified for other professional settings.

Q: How can I pay for the training?
A: It’s possible to pay with credit cards, checks, money orders, and for International payments by FLYWIRE. Click here for the FLYWIRE Payment process. Payment options will be included on the application page and on the invoice that is sent to you once you have been accepted into a training. To avoid multiple changes to your invoice and/or if you need the name on your invoice made out differently, or if your fees have to be split for payment or reimbursement purposes, please contact

Q: When are payments due?
A: Your application fee must be paid prior to scheduling your interview. Tuition, lodging, and commuter fees are expected to be paid in full prior to attending the training. If this is not possible, all participant fees are to be paid no more than 45 days after your training session ends. If these arrangements do not address your situation, please contact

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Wade Deisman
Joanne Falvai
Jeri Kirby
Dave Kreuger
Kim Moe
Lori Pompa
Ella Turenne
Click here to learn more about the 2020 training facilitators.

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Click here for a map and list of colleges and universities that have sponsored Inside-Out courses.

“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.”
(Instructor Reflection on Training)