Staff Well-Being and Resilience in Correctional Environments - During and After a Pandemic
A webinar presented by the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology (IACFP) and the ICPA Covid-19 Prisons Taskforce .

This webinar will explore the cumulative effects on staff working in correctional environments and how this is intensified during a pandemic. Panelists will also share strategies for:

  • Maintaining social responsibility
  • Building resilience
  • Supporting staff mental well-being
  • Building individual and organizational psychological capital
  • Supporting staff working in both secure facilities and community supervision
  • Phases of support
Dr Robin Belcher-Timme Psy.D., ABPP, CCHP-MH is Vice President and Senior Expert for Falcon, Inc. Dr. Timme is a leader in correctional behavioral health across the United States, speaking and teaching at conferences, and supporting innovative programming. Dr. Timme has practiced in correctional and forensic psychology throughout his career, shaping policy, supervising clinicians, and evaluating justice involved individuals. Dr. Timme’s research focuses on toxic stress and psychological trauma on the health of inmates and staff inside correctional facilities. Dr. Timme trains staff to be trauma-informed, developing policies and procedures, and encouraging wellness for those who work and live in these facilities.

In addition to a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, Dr. Timme is board-certified in forensic psychology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP), and a Certified Correctional Health Professional with a Mental Health specialty (CCPH-MH). He holds masters degrees in criminal justice, clinical psychology, and education. Dr. Timme is the chair of the Ethics Committee of the Delaware Psychological Association, and a member of several professional organizations representing the intersections of psychology and law.
Dr Gabriel Ong is a Principal Psychologist and Deputy Director with the Psychological and Correctional Rehabilitation Division (PCRD) of the Singapore Prison Service (SPS). Concurrently, he is Senior Assistant Director with the Resilience, Safety and Security Psychology Branch (RSSP) of the Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre (HTBSC), Ministry of Home Affairs. Gabriel’s primary roles at SPS include overseeing correctional research, programme design and evaluation, and operational psychology, in order to inform and ensure the formulation of evidence-based correctional policies and practices. Prior to this, he was involved in forensic risk assessment and offender rehabilitation, specifically in the area of sexual and violent offending. Gabriel’s primary roles at the HTBSC include overseeing research on issues such as social and community resilience, in order to support policy and operations on issues of national security. A clinical psychologist by training, Gabriel is also an adjunct lecturer with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Dr Sarah Lewis is the Director of Penal Reform Solutions, a unique organisation that provides consultancy, training and programmes in Growth, with consultants who have experience as practitioners, academic and people with lived experience. Dr Lewis worked within psychological interventions in Probation from 2004 before moving to the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, where she trained Probation Officers and taught Criminology, Penology and Criminal Psychology. Dr Lewis is currently a Senior Consultant for the Council of Europe and actively promotes the need for a Growth Movement, to make prisons, correctional services and communities safe, meaningful and transformative.
Dr Lewis is the founder of the Growth Alliance and author of Therapeutic Correctional Relationships, a research informed practitioner’s guide to developing relationships and mending relational ruptures within correctional practice. Dr Lewis established the Growth Project- an initiative which has been found to transform correctional cultures by magnifying the voice of staff and service user, taking a research-informed and whole systems approach. From her research in Norwegian prisons Dr Lewis has created the Principles of Growth, which are used to promote personal growth across a whole system, including staff, service users, families and local communities. This participatory work focuses on proactive, sustainable strategies to promote growth and reduce social harm
D r Jake Phillips is Reader in Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University. His main research interests lie at the intersection between policy and practice in the field of probation and community sanctions. He has undertaken research on the cultures of probation practitioners, privatisation in probation and desistance. He is currently researching the emotional labour of probation practice and the impact of inspection on probation
The recommended audience for the webinar is staff working on the front lines, their supervisors, and leaders of prison and probation services as well as NGOs serving justice-involved individuals. The information shared in the webinar is applicable to security staff, psychologists, educators, social workers, case managers, probation personnel, and managers working in these settings. Attendance to Covid-19 related webinars is free of charge and membership with ICPA is not a prerequisite. The videos produced from these webinars are publicly available to all.
1500 BST (London)
1600 CEST (Brussels, Paris)
2200 SGT (Singapore)
1000 EDT (New York, Montreal)
0700 PDT (Los Angeles)
0000 +1 AEDT (Sydney)

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