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A Path Forward© (English)

This comprehensive course is centered on understanding the essential concepts, challenges, and barriers of starting over after incarceration, substance abuse, trauma, or another negative life-changing experience. Topics covered include trauma and post-traumatic growth, communication skills, conflict resolution, resume creation, interview preparation, Department of Labor employment tools, teamwork, rational thinking, and more.



2 Hours

What you'll learn

Course details

This course is broken into three parts. Part 1 examines trauma and its impact on our everyday lives, as well as how to create habits that promote post-traumatic growth. Participants are encouraged to think about how they define success and what really matters to them in life. Part 2 focuses not on finding a job, but on determining a career path and setting long-term career goals. In Part 3, participants learn skills that will help them be successful in the workplace and beyond.

The course consists of 18 short videos, as well as a 42-page workbook complete with quizzes and activities to reinforce the information presented.

Part 1: Getting to the Heart of the Matter

1. Trauma and post-traumatic growth
2. Barriers that impede happiness
3. Discovering your passion
4. What really matters?

Part 2: Finding a Meaningful Career
5. A Parallel Path
6. Setting career goals
7. Developing a resume
8. Communication skills
9. Crafting your story
10. The job interview

Part 3: Learning the Tools for Success
11. Financial concepts
12. Budgeting and credit
13. Workplace advancement and transferable skills
14. Being part of a team
15. Planning for career advancement
16. Workplace conflict
17. Rational thinking and negotiation
18. The right kind of support

Augie Ghilarducci

Vice President of Training & Development
2nd Opportunity L3C
About the Instructor
Augie Ghilarducci knows what it's like to need a second opportunity; after serving 12 years in prison for white-collar crimes, he launched a second career empowering others to break the chains of their past and create a positive new future. As part of 2nd Opportunity, Augie now delivers his life-skills and employment-readiness programming online, via tablets, and in person in jails and prisons, substance abuse recovery centers, halfway houses, probation departments, and more. 

Course reviews

This program is very helpful and breaks things down to a science. It also will prep you by pointing you in the right direction of the things you want to pursue.
Anibal R.
Program participant, Kane County Jail, Illinois
Thank you whole-heartedly, Mr. Ghilarducci. I will forever be appreciative of the time you shared to help catapult me (and many others) in a positive direction.
Quentin G.
Program participant, via Facebook