Restorative Justice Courses

THE ANGER WORKBOOK RJ-606

CHANGING LENSES RJ-611

CHOOSING TO FORGIVE RJ-612

CRIMINAL JUSTICE RJ-609

EFFECTIVE PRISON MINISTRY RJ-607

I WAS IN PRISON RJ-604

LIFETIME GUARANTEE RJ-617

PHILEMON - A MESSAGE OF RECONCILIATION RJ-613

PRISONER OF THE LORD RJ-610

STRATEGIC SPIRITUAL WARFARE RJ-615

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? RJ-619

YOU CAME UNTO ME RJ-701

Therapon University's Restorative Justice courses are a Biblical response to wrongdoing that emphasize healing the wounds of victims, offenders, families and communities caused or revealed by criminal behavior. This degree program focuses on training counselors who minister to convicts, ex-convicts, youth offenders, victims and their families.

All courses within the Biblical Counseling Curriculum may also be applied to this major.

  I WAS IN PRISON RJ-604
Text: I Was in Prison: Personal Witnessing in Jails and Prisons by Allen D. Hanson, Ph.D ./ Workbook by Daniel Hiers, Ph.D., Th.D.
Course Description: This course is a guide to personal witnessing in jails and prisons, written for the lay counselor who wishes to become involved in jail ministry in their community, or be better prepared to minister in the larger state and federal prisons.
Credits: 3 credit hours
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  THE ANGER WORKBOOK RJ-606
Text: The Anger Workbook: A 13-Step Interactive Plan to Help You... (Minirth-Meier Clinic Series) by Les Carter, Ph.D. & Frank Minirth, M.D. / Workbook by Daniel Hiers, Ph.D., Th.D.
Course Description: A 13-step interactive Biblical program that will help prisoners identify the best ways to handle anger, understand how pride, fear, loneliness, and inferiority feeds anger, and uncover and eliminate the myths that perpetuate anger.
Credits: 3 credit hours
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  EFFECTIVE PRISON MINISTRY RJ-607
Text: Effective Prison Ministry / Text and Workbook by Daniel G. Hiers, Ph.D., Th.D.
Course Description: A study explaining the Restorative Justice paradigm, the prison system and the offender, and teaching the steps to provide an effective prison ministry.
Credits: 3 credit hours
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  CRIMINAL JUSTICE RJ-609
Using the Restorative Justice Paradigm
Text: Criminal Justice: Using the Restorative Justice Paradigm / Text and Workbook by Daniel G. Hiers, Ph.D., Th.D.
Course Description: An in-depth study of the prison system, and how the Restorative Justice paradigm can be implemented.
Credits: 3 credit hours
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  PRISONER OF THE LORD RJ-610
Text: Prisoner of the Lord by Patricia L. Hulsey | Workbook by Linda Ratcliff, Th.D., Ed.D.
Course Description: This course contains messages drawn from the Word of God that were shared during decades of prison ministry around the world. It was written for those doing time in jail or prison - whether short or lengthy sentences, life without parole, or on death row. It was also written for those who want to minister to offenders and ex-offenders. Its purpose is to give anyone who reads it a new beginning and a new spiritual destiny.
Credits: 3 credit hours
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  CHANGING LENSES RJ-611
A New Focus For Cirme and Justice
Text: Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice (Christian Peace Shelf) by Howard Zehr / Workbook by Linda Ratcliff, Th.D.
Course Description: Howard Zehr proposes a restorative model which is more consistent with experience, with the past, and with the Biblical tradition. Based on the needs of victims and offenders, he takes into account recent studies and Biblical principles.
Credits: 3 credit hours
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  CHOOSING TO FORGIVE RJ-612
Text: The Choosing to Forgive Workbook by Frank Minirth and Les Carter | Workbook by Daniel G. Hiers, Ph.D., Th.D.
Course Description: This course will teach you how to increase your ability to forgive by learning to establish appropriate boundaries, achieving a balance between forgiveness and healthy anger, correctly managing and communicating your anger, and forgiving for the right reasons.
Credits: 3 credit hours
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  PHILEMON - A MESSAGE OF RECONCILIATION RJ-613
Text: Philemon - A Message of Reconciliation by Ben Cunningham, D.Th. / Workbook by Linda A. Ratcliff, Th.D.
Course Description: The short epistle of Paul to Philemon is one of the shortest books in the Scriptures, but it is not brief in its message. It expresses a perfect portrait of Restorative Justice, in the way that Paul deals with the reconciliation of Philemon and his servant Onesimus.
Credits: 3 credits
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  STRATEGIC SPIRITUAL WARFARE RJ-615
Text: Strategic Spiritual Warfare, contributed by Harvestime International Network
Course Description: Jesus recognized the daily struggles we all face. He acknowledged a very real spiritual enemy, and He provided effective strategic spiritual guidelines for dealing with him. To be effective in spiritual warfare, we need to know these spiritual strategies and how to put them into action. In this course, you will actually begin to do warfare through a 15-step interactive program that will guide you in facing the battles of life.
Credits: 3 credits
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  LIFETIME GUARANTEE RJ-617
Text: Lifetime Guarantee by Bill Gillham, Workbook by Daniel G. Hiers, Ph.D., Th.D.
Course Description:

As a professor, counselor, and radio host, Bill Gillham heard countless stories of people who tried to live the Christian life but repeatedly failed. Then he realized that only one person can live like Christ—Jesus Himself—and that He wants to live His life through each and every believer.

Students will appreciate Gillham’s gut-honest and encouraging tone as they discover the root of their problems—the techniques they have developed for satisfying their needs for love and self-esteem, the key to victory—their true identity in Christ, and God’s goal for their lives—conformity to Christ’s image as He lives through them

Credits: 3 credit hours
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  WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? RJ-619
Text: What Were They Thinking? Text and Workbook by Linda A. Ratcliff, Th.D., Ed.D.
Course Description: The fact is, many criminals have hardened their hearts, their thoughts have developed into a different belief system resulting in different thinking patterns, and these thoughts impacted the choices and actions that led to their incarceration. In this course, we will be studying some of the common beliefs and thoughts of criminals that have come out of a hardened heart, and match them up, one by one, with truths from God’s Word.
Credits: 3 credit hours
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  YOU CAME UNTO ME RJ-701
A Training Manual for Jail & Prison Ministry
  You Came Unto Me, contributed by Harvestime International Network
Course Description: This training manual provides instruction for every level of involvement in jail and prison ministry. Some of the topics include the minimal level of corresponding with an inmate, visiting one-on-one, ministering in group worship or special programs inside the prison, assisting inmates' families, and providing post-prison ministry upon an inmate's release.
Credits: 3 credits
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