It is not enough to just talk about ViaPath Technologies’ commitment to transforming the incarceration experience into a rehabilitative journey — we must cultivate partnerships and offer resources that actually do so. With a focus on Mental Health Awareness Month, we recognize that incarcerated individuals are often left behind.
For this reason, we have continued to invest in our exclusive partnership with Dr. Christian Conte, a mental health specialist in the field of anger and emotional management, to provide unique content on ViaPath Technologies tablets. With 18 years of experience working with the justice-impacted, Dr. Conte empowers individuals to understand and manage their emotions in a productive non-violent manner to facilitate successful reintegration.
As the creator of “Yield Theory,” Dr. Conte advocates for meeting people where they are without judgment. Connecting with others leads to understanding—understanding the person and the choices they have made but also understanding ourselves. Yield Theory has seven main components: Acceptance, Authenticity, Compassion, Conscious Education, Creativity, Mindfulness, and Non-Attachment. As of 2021, all new individuals incarcerated in Pennsylvania must go through Yield Theory training.
“The path to rehabilitation comes with challenges, but the reward is well worth the effort. By partnering with Dr. Conte, we can provide incarcerated individuals access to tools and resources to improve their mental and spiritual wellbeing,” said Deb Alderson, ViaPath Technologies’ President and CEO.
“At ViaPath Technologies, we believe a healthy life starts with a healthy mind,” Alderson added. “Our tablets and content allow correctional facilities to transform into more rehabilitative environments, placing incarcerated individuals on the best possible path forward to reintegration upon their release.”
As part of this partnership, Dr. Conte’s programs are available for free on ViaPath’s tablets with new content added regularly. Currently, topics cover anger management, domestic violence, parenting from behind bars, co-parenting, mindfulness, healthy relationships, and boundary setting. Any individual with access to a ViaPath tablet can access Dr. Conte’s content to help turn their lives from one of incarceration to one of successful reintegration and personal fulfillment.
“This is about life and how every one of us, incarcerated or not, gets better from this moment forward,” concluded Dr. Conte. “That is the reason why I am so grateful and ecstatic about the partnership with ViaPath—we can get these ideas out to so many more institutions, so the programs and videos I have created can lead to making prison a place of personal growth, setting individuals up for a better life and for success. That is a huge part of why I do what I do and why I partnered with ViaPath Technologies.”
Next time you connect with your incarcerated friend / loved one, be sure to ask them about Dr. Conte’s programs. In addition, individuals outside of the correctional environment can also access several of his videos, programs, discussions, and more at the links below: