Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Natoya H Haskins
Mindfulness has received growing attention as an empowering approach for the treatment of addiction and mental health disorders in the criminal justice system. Using a constructivist grounded theory approach, this study explored the teaching practices of volunteers who currently facilitate mindfulness programs in correctional settings. A total of fifteen volunteer meditation teachers and three former group members were interviewed. The researcher utilized interview data to construct a grounded theory which conceptualizes the barriers volunteers face, helpful facilitation strategies, and factors which promote and threaten the engagement of group members. The results of this grounded theory illustrate culturally responsive facilitation strategies and empowering ways volunteers share mindfulness teachings with individuals who are incarcerated. Limitations and suggestions for future research are presented, along with implications for the counseling profession.
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Hilert, Alexander Joseph Seth, "Investigating Facilitation Strategies And Engagement In Correctional Mindfulness Programs: A Grounded Theory" (2020). Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects. William & Mary. Paper 1593091557.