Victor Ellerbee/ Class 5: Self-Improvement Training

by Victor Ellerbee

126. When you assess your environment, what opportunities for self-improvement can you create or seize?

I try to assess my situation every day. My immediate environment changes when the mood of the people changes.  I take the time to continue focusing on my situation and I make sure that I am still in my lane and not have strayed over by accident into someone else’s lane.

127. What is your interpretation on the value of self-imposed structure of free time?

It is the time I make to be alone with minimal interruptions.

128. What relationship do your daily activities have to the vision you have for your life upon release?

They are one and the same, every day I am doing something to prepare myself for the outside.

129. Imagine that you were to replicate your activities or use of time yesterday every day or your sentence. If you did, what level of preparation would have to triumph over the obstacles that await you upon your return to society?

The highest level of preparedness in order to succeed.

130. What activities within the prison environment can you pursue that will enhance your strengths?

Education in reading, studying, etc., physical training, and of mental therapy ie personal assessment, drug classes, AA, anger management, etc.

131. What activities within the prison environment would you categorize as a weakness?

Anything that can hurt you mentally or physically.

132. What activities within the prison environment would you perceive as offering opportunities?


133. What activities within the prison environment do you perceive as threatening your prospects for success upon release?

Allowing the psychological aspect of doing time overcome your rational thinking, then you start behaving negatively because of it.

134. To what extent do the activities you pursue inside the prison environment contribute to your strengths and opportunities?

The activities I am into give me inner and outer strength to near maximum capacity.

135. What steps do you deliberately take to minimize your exposure to weaknesses and threats?

Minimizing my interactions with inmates and develop my ability to read people so I can stave off any future problems.

136. Using the SWOT-assessment technique, how would you assess your decision-making process prior to imprisonment?

Very bad, my mind was not rational or clear.

137. In what ways can the SWAT-assessment technique guide your decisions as you prepare for success upon release?

It allows me to assess myself from different perspectives.

138. What types of activities in prison fall into quadrant one: low-risk/high-reward?

Any educational activities.

139. What types of activities in prison fall into quadrant two: high-reward/high-risk?

Certain illegal activities.

140. What types of activities in prison fall into quadrant three: low-risk/low-reward?


141. What types of activities in prison fall into quadrant four: high-risk/low-reward?

Drug and alcohol use and most illegal activities.

142. To what extent do your consider risk-reward analysis when assessing activities, interactions, or time allocation in prison?

Mostly when I deal with any inmate for any reason.

143 What type of self-improvement programs would enhance an individual’s prospects for success upon release?

Many self-improvement activities, such as exercise and education.

144. What thoughts have you given to the type of employment you want to pursue upon release?

Yes, very deep thoughts.

145. Define the qualifications necessary for the type of job you want to pursue?

At least a certification in counseling or an associate degree in psychology.

146. How do your self-improvement programs prepare you for the type of job you want to pursue?

Pursuing the educational requirement.

147. What types of self-improvement programs can you pursue independently that will enhance your prospects as a candidate for employment upon release?

Finishing my degree.

148. In what ways do academic credentials influence an individual’s candidacy for employment?

Positively, it shows the employer you are serious enough to go through school to acquire the knowledge then you may be serious enough to be a model employee.

149. How do prospective employers gauge the value of academic credentials?

Seriously, but it is only part of the equation.

150. What types of self-improvement steps trump academic credentials?

Personal appearance and fine-tuning your communication skills.

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