Welcome to the 2021 Inside-Out Training Institute

Due to COVID-19, The Inside-Out Center has revised the options for our 2021 Training Institute season. Our training sessions, through at least June 2021, will all be held virtually. The challenges of meeting in person, accessing the inside of a correctional facility, and the possibility of quarantine requirements for travel make it difficult to utilize our normal training format at this time.

In August 2020, we conducted our first virtual training and it went very well. For half of the training, we met (via Zoom) with a group of formerly incarcerated men from the Philadelphia area, all of whom were Inside-Out alumni. Virtual trainings can be a positive choice for those who find the travel and time commitment of one of our regular trainings challenging. They also can provide opportunities for new initiatives, including guests via Zoom from throughout the Inside- Out network. Our capacity for a virtual training is 12 participants. If you are interested in attending a virtual training, please let us know ASAP so we can reserve you a spot.

*Attendees who attend the virtual training will be eligible to receive 4 CEUs from Temple University. Attendees will also receive an Inside-Out Digital Badge at the completion of the training.

In anticipation of a Covid-19 vaccine to be made available at some point in the next year, Inside-Out will keep the current schedule at this time. We will update information on this website as soon as we have more details. Feel free to contact Eilene Frierson at if you have specific questions.

Inside-Out Training Institutes 2021

  • #69: January 10 to January 15 – VIRTUAL (CLOSED)
    (Philadelphia training)
  • #70: February 28 to March 5 – VIRTUAL
    (formerly listed as the D.C. training)
  • #71: May 10th to 14th (Ohio Training – CLOSED)
  • #72: May 23 to May 28 – VIRTUAL
    (Philadelphia training)
  • #73: June 13 to June 18 – VIRTUAL
    (formerly listed as the Chicago training)
  • #74: June 27 to July 3 – VIRTUAL
    (Philadelphia training)
  • #75: July 11 to July 17 – VIRTUAL
    (formerly listed as the Alabama training)
  • #76: July 25 to July 31 – VIRTUAL
    (formerly listed as the Michigan training)
  • #77: August 15 to August 21 – VIRTUAL
    (formerly listed as the California training)

All Inside-Out training session updates for the Summer of 2021 will be announced as soon as possible. Please check our website frequently for updates or contact Eilene Frierson at

There is a non-refundable application fee of $100.00 and the tuition for the virtual training has been reduced to $1700.00, since the training is shorter (i.e. there is no travel to/from prisons) and there is no food involved. In addition, participants will not incur travel or lodging expenses. We will continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 and update our website as often as needed.

Please begin to secure your funding for attending a training. Review our suggested funding tips by clicking the Funding Tips button further below. In addition, please review our FAQ section where you will find answers to many questions.

The Virtual Inside-Out Training Institute is a comprehensive six-day, 40+ hour intensive training program that covers everything necessary to develop a course in the Inside-Out model.

Topics Include:

  • curriculum development,
  • setting parameters,
  • institutional relationships,
  • group dynamics,
  • interactive pedagogical approaches,
  • and much more.

If you are interested in attending a training in 2021, please submit your online application and indicate your two preferences for a training location. As dates and locations become final, we will update our website. You can certainly change your training location selection as more information becomes available. 

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

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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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Juwan Bennett
Joanne Falvai
Jeri Kirby
Dave Kreuger
Kim Moe
Lori Pompa
Ella Turenne
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“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)