Correctional Officers have a tough job and it is not for everyone. With the known dangers, low pay, long hours and stress, it is becoming difficult to hire new officers. One of the greatest threats to correctional officer wellness involves the stress and trauma they encounter as a result of their occupation. In providing the daily management of inmates, correctional officers face a wide array of stressors that may be unique to their profession. Stress can have significant negative consequences for correctional officers affecting their health and well-being, work performance, the inmates they supervise, their co-workers and their families. These consequences can decrease the safety of a correctional institution creating a liability for the agency - high turnover, poor performance, law suits and reduce the legitimacy of an organization in the eyes of the employees.
Stress, trauma, PTSD and suicide is on the rise among correctional personnel. They also face a number of stressors
that are directly tied to the inmates they supervise. Perhaps the most serious of these stressors involves the threat of
violence, injury and death. The nature of the threat facing correctional officers is complex and varied. They must
deal with various forms of inmate criminality and deviance, such as gang activity, drug use and other types of
contraband, inmate on inmate violence, sex and the potential for rape and manipulation. Add on organizational
and administrative stressors, psycho-social stressors and the impact on the home life.
21st Century Corrections begins with Effective Leadership, Coaching and Honest Communications. Support starts
at the top and moves down the ranks. From the recruit stage to the hiring process, from the academy to in-service
training, COs must know they are supported and appreciated at all levels. This class will present a Reality-Based
Model and provides students with a first hand look at a correctional career. Training will include:
A Look Back...Why Did You Pick Corrections as a Career?
Where It Begins: The Recruiting and Training of Officers.
An overview of the job that includes duties and definitions.
The Cost of The Job: Stress, Trauma, PTSD, In-Line of Duty Injury and Death
Recognize officer suicide risk factors and indicators.
Learn how to assist a suicidal officer with the plan of AID LIFE.
Recognize signs and symptoms of stress on and off the job.
Officer Safety is Job One: Developing The Will to Survive Mindset and reacting to an attack.
The Importance of De-escalation Skills: When to Talk and When to Listen.
Recognize the importance of officer safety in and out of the correctional facility.
Discuss the facts about correctional officers and how the job can affect your personal life.
Review and identify critical incidents and the aftermath stress and trauma on the job.
Recognize how stress and trauma can be associated with Unethical Behavior.
A review of the Options: Peer Support, CISD/CISM/ATSM, EMDR, MSTPT, Trauma Reduction Exercises.
Taking care of Self and Co-workers: Have a plan for your career.
All members of the criminal justice community. Training is especially valuable for all correctional officers and supervisors.
Stuart Police Department
830 SE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Stuart, Florida 34994
- DATES & TIMES:
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Class starts at 8:00 AM Sharp - and ends at 5:00 PM (EST)
Business casual attire
Includes instruction, class materials, and certificate of completion
Cancellations and Substitutions:
- Upon submission of this registration, participants are responsible for payment of this course.
Please note that if you do not attend, you are still responsible for payment.
- Substitutions may be made at any time by phone, e-mail or online at the registration site.
: CLAUDE A. PICHARD, Training Force USA