Khalil Osiris

Khalil OsirisKhalil Osiris is an international expert on restorative justice and cognitive behavioural personal change. An author, educator, social activist and entrepreneur, he spent 20 years of his life in prison. Osiris earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boston University while incarcerated. He transformed his life and emerged from prison with a deep understanding of how to use personal crisis and challenges as opportunities for self- improvement. Osiris is host and life coach of the SABC TV Show, Each One Teach One. This popular show was winner of a 2016 SAFTA (South African Film and Television Awards) for Best Reality Educational Programme. He helps young people and parents develop positive ways to cope with daily challenges at school, home and in their communities. Osiris is the first African American to win a SAFTA. Osiris is founder of Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Africa, an initiative designed to introduce, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of PBIS as an alternative to corporal punishment. He argues that “the lowest performing schools produce the highest percentage of prisoners”. Osiris is very active in building awareness of how to prevent what is known in America as the school-to-prison pipeline from spreading to schools in South Africa. In 2013 Osiris launched the first PBIS Africa school in at Vuleka School, a member of the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa. In 2015 Discovery Primary Full Service School became the first government school to implement School-wide PBIS. Osiris implemented South Africa’s first criminogenic needs re-entry programme, Get Out & Stay Out (GOSO) Africa, at Zonderwater Correctional Centre. On 18 July 2013, Nelson Mandela Day, the first graduating class of 120 men celebrated their successful completion of the GOSO Africa programme. Osiris is co-author of Psychology of Incarceration, a textbook and ground-breaking eight-part DVD series used in correctional and therapeutic settings throughout America. Osiris and his South African colleague Craig Wilkinson are co-founders of Man-To-Man Talks, a movement that brings together men from diverse walks of life to have critical, life-changing conversations. Between them they have inspired tens of thousands of people at schools, universities, corporations, churches, NGO’s, government departments, prisons and conferences throughout Africa and the USA with their dynamic and insightful talks and workshops. Osiris is committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion through his talks and trainings. He regularly conducts workshops focused on helping men of colour use their historical challenges, environmental conditions, cultural norms and personal choices to develop equity and wellness for themselves, their families and communities.

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    The Psychology of Incarceration

    The Psychology of Incarceration© is a community reentry and recovery program. Learn More

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