Outpatient, Residential and Prison Drug Treatment Programs:The in-program approach is designed to be integrated into treatment programs and to facilitate recovery since entrepreneurial training is consistent with self-help approaches (such as the therapeutic community). The Recovery Through Entrepreneurship approach prepares participants for proactive engagement with work and career development that can lead to job advancement and freestanding businesses. The in-program approach places recovery as primary and necessary for successful entrepreneurial endeavors.
Trainings include soft skills needed for any job such as responding to and giving constructive criticism and working in teams to solve problems. Trainings provide basic computer training and build on those skills so that clients can use the computer to conduct market research to determine which careers are in demand, assess what skills and qualifications they need, and plan how to acquire those skills cost-effectively. Trainings provide online networking tools as well as practice emailing prospective organizations and preparing elevator pitches for networking events. Clients learn the necessary financial literacy to budget, bank, and even invest to create more financial sustainability in their lives.
While community and prison based RTE training are highly similar there is an important distinction between the types of course projects students create as part of learning and using digital and entrepreneurial skills. This is in part due to prisons not permitting public access to the internet. Community RTE trainings focus on social entrepreneurial projects where residents come up with projects that address social problems that are often related to their traumatic personal histories (e.g., child abuse, mental illness, etc.) and include creating social media campaigns (e.g. Facebook, etc.) that invite others to participate in proposed solutions. Prison based RTE trainings focus on “intrapreneurial” projects that are designed to improve the program and for residents to shift from client roles of accessing services to “agents of change” who contribute to program efficacy. RTE training facilitates resident’s involvement in program enhancements and shifts attention from jobs to career preparation and continuation in reentry.