The Corrections Profession: Maintaining Safety and Sanity – Part 1: Corrections Fatigue: Addressing the Issue

Source: Caterina Spinaris, Michael Denhof, Gregory Morton, Desert Waters Correctional Outreach, presented at National Institute of Corrections, January 30, 2014
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From the overview:
The dangers correctional staff encounter on the job are well known to their leaders. A lesser known but possibly more hazardous set of factors involves the cumulative negative side effects of what staff experience through daily interactions with justice-involved individuals and immersion in uniquely challenging workplace conditions. Such side effects can be understood as examples of “Corrections Fatigue.” The webinar will describe a process model developed and modified over several years by DWCO, entitled “From Corrections Fatigue to Fulfillment™.” Once Corrections Fatigue manifests, it can promote toxic adaptations to work demands, consequently undermining job performance, employee morale, health, personal and professional relationships, and employee retention. Many other professions such as law enforcement, firefighting, and combat military work demonstrate similar consequences. The model to be presented details:
– how Corrections Fatigue emerges out of repeated exposure to serious incidents in the workplace;
– the impact of such exposure upon staff health and functioning over time;
– strategies to counter, reduce and even prevent this impact; and
– promotion of staff’s personal and professional growth toward “Corrections Fulfillment.”

Related:
Part 2 – Corrections Fatigue: Caring for Staff and Managing the Environment
(presentation slides only)
Source: Caterina Spinaris, Michael Denhof, Gregory Morton, Desert Waters Correctional Outreach, presented at National Institute of Corrections, February 13, 2014

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