Santa Clara University


Teacher Education, Preparation, & Advanced Studies

EDUC x766
A Day at San Quentin

Monday, October 14th 4:30 PM (Orientation - MANDATORY)
Saturday, November 9th 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM (Site Visit)
Loyola Hall, Santa Clara University
Room 131
0.7 CEU or 7 CE hours
Cost: $165

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The prison system in California is one of the largest in the United States, serving over 136,000 inmates. San Quentin Prison, a minimum/maximum facility, is located in Marin County, and serves over 5,300 inmates at 171.3% capacity. Although one of the oldest institutions in California, it is considered one of the most desirable from the standpoint of the inmates. One of the nationally recognized programs is the S.Q.U.I.R.E.S. (San Quentin Utilization of Inmate Resources and Studies) that provides counseling for troubled teens and teens who have demonstrated a propensity to engage in juvenile delinquent conduct and activities. Issues such as family relations, education, gang activity/violence, drug and alcohol use, H.I.V. and AIDS, health and hygiene and developing and maintaining self-esteem are the focus of the interaction between the inmates and youth. The CPD course will allow you the rare opportunity to view, as an observer, how the SQUIRES Program works as well have a tour of the facility including, but not limited to, cell blocks, recreation area, dining facilities and death row. The course, that starts at 7:30 am at San Quentin and concludes at 2:30 pm, will be limited to 15 students. A month before the visit, there will be a mandated half hour orientation held at Santa Clara University to review the procedures and protocols. A background check will be conducted for those participating including submission of your driver's license and Social Security Number for clearance.

Instructor: Robert L. Michels, M.A. (
Bob Michels was born in San Francisco, California. Currently, Michels is a full time lecturer for the Counseling Psychology and Education Departments and is Coordinator for the CPSY Corrections Emphasis program. He received his B.A. degree and elementary teaching credential from San Francisco State University, after studying education and psychology and received his M.A. degree from San Jose State University in Educational Administration as well as a secondary teaching credential. Bob has been a teacher and administrator in elementary, middle and high schools. His career emphasis primarily has focused on working with at-risk youth and adult offenders in correctional facilities. Bob is considered an expert in the field of non-conventional youth and adults. He is often sought out as a guest speaker dealing with delinquent and troubled youth and adults in the correctional system.