• FACT: Research suggests that 26% of corrections professionals suffer from moderate to extreme depression symptoms.

  • FACT: Desert Waters Correctional Outreach provides data-driven and evidence-based services for addressing the problem of Corrections Fatigue in workplace cultures.

  • FACT: Corrections Fatigue is a complex deterrent to staff health and functioning in correctional settings and organizations. Desert Waters provides the necessary theoretical modeling and measurement tools for addressing the problem comprehensively and on the group-level.

  • FACT: While all corrections staff are vulnerability to Corrections Fatigue, Security/Custody staff experience it the largest extent, among various job corrections job roles and positions.

  • The book ''Staying Well: Strategies for Corrections Staff'', by Caterina G. Spinaris, PhD., provides techniques to both help manage stressors and achieve job fulfillment.

  • FACT: Severe manifestations of Corrections Fatigue can include dangerous level of depression for staff and even full blown PTSD or both. Reduction of Corrections Fatigue level is critical to deter severe manifestations.

  • The Corrections Fatigue Status Assessment™ (CFSA-v5) is a scientifically developed assessment tool for gauging facility wide levels of Corrections Fatigue. See Products/Services page for more information.

  • The Depression Danger Scale (DDS) is a new assessment offering by Desert Waters that allows organization-level assessment of suicide risk and comparison to national baselines.

  • ''Processing Corrections Work: A Workbook to Combat Corrections Fatigue and Increase Corrections Fulfillment'', by Caterina G. Spinaris and Gregory Morton.

  • The Violence, Injury, and Death Exposure Scale (VIDES) is a new assessment tool developed by Desert Waters researchers to reliably gauge how affected a workplace culture is by traumatic exposure.

  • Available DWCO Workshops include: ''Corrections Staff Suicide'', ''Professional Boundaries for Corrections Professionals'', ''Skillful Communication'', ''Skillful Self-control'', and ''Traumatic Exposure in Corrections''.

  • Dealing with Corrections Fatigue requires education and understanding of its precursors, as well as techniques and tools for managing and preventing it.

  • DWCO RESEARCH PUBLICATION: ''Depression, PTSD, and Comorbidity in United States Corrections Professionals: Prevalence and Health-related Factors.'' By Michael D. Denhof, PhD, and Caterina G. Spinaris, PhD. Download the manuscript from Research page.

  • FACT: The impact of repeated exposure to high stress events and Violence, Injury, and Death (VID) exposures takes a toll on corrections professionals that is similar to that suffered by police officers, firefighters, and combat military personnel.

  • FACT: Research suggests that 27% of corrections professionals meet criteria for PTSD.

  • FACT: The suicide rate for individuals who work as corrections professionals far exceeds the rate for individuals in the general population.

  • FACT: Research indicates that corrections professionals with PTSD and/or Depression symptoms demonstrate lower levels of functioning in multiple contexts: work, relationships, ability to enjoy leisure time, care-giving, and personal responsibilities.

  • DWCO's ''Resilient Supervisor™'' course is a highly interactive, outcome-focused, 4-day course that clarifies evidence-supported and resilience-promoting attitudes and behaviors and how to implement them.

  • DESERT WATERS TRAINING TESTIMONIAL: ‘’I think this training will be great for all staff. This is one of the best things the DOC has offered staff in the 20 years I have been here.’’ Anonymous

  • DESERT WATERS TRAINING TESTIMONIAL: ''One of the most inspiring, powerful trainings I have ever attended as a correction professional. It is refreshing to see a focus on staff needs.'' Anonymous

  • DESERT WATERS TRAINING TESTIMONIAL: ‘’I had expectations of this class but I am walking away with so much more. This data/education is vital to the success of correctional staff. Thank you for your time and dedication. Thanks for not forgetting about ‘us’—correctional staff.’' Anonymous

  • Subscribe to the ''Correctional Oasis'' monthly publication for educational information, accounts, research excerpts, and testimonials on the nature of corrections work and ways of managing its challenges.

  • Coming Soon: Web-based e-Learning Module - Critical Incident First Aid

  • DESERT WATERS TRAINING TESTIMONIAL: ''This training was life-altering to me at a dark time of my life/career. I think that with this information, tools will come fully into my life and my husband’s. The cloud has lifted...'' Anonymous

  • Currently Available: the Corrections Fatigue cost estimator, which estimates the financial cost of unaddressed Corrections Fatigue in your organization's workplace culture.

  • Version 5 of the Corrections Fatigue Status Assessment allows Corrections Fatigue sources to be identified and gauged in 9 key content areas.

  • FACT: Research indicates that 17% of corrections professionals meet criteria for both depression and PTSD concurrently.

  • FACT: Research indicates that, on average, the more Violence, Injury, and Death (VID) events corrections professionals experience, the more likely they are to meet criteria for PTSD or suffer moderate to severe Depression symptom severity.

  • FACT: Changing workplace cultures and reducing Corrections Fatigue among staff requires multi-faceted intervention efforts, including trainings, education, leadership support, and ongoing data-driven assessments.

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Estimate the Annual Cost of Corrections Fatigue for your Organization

Corrections Fatigue Costs Estimator

The financial costs of Corrections Fatigue within an organization are significant. Empirical data shows that approximately 20% of staff members in a given corrections organization experience a “high” level of Corrections Fatigue as measured by the Corrections Fatigue Status Assessment™ (CFSA-v5). Individuals who constitute this 20% also account for a disproportionately larger number of sick days compared to the rest of the workforce. Absences due to staff calling in sick require replacement workers who are often paid time and a half to fill in. Based upon this information, the monetary cost of sick days due to Corrections Fatigue can be estimated. In the fields below, enter a typical or average rate of pay for staff in your organization and the approximate total number of employees. A figure will be generated that reflects the annual cost to your organization of unaddressed Corrections Fatigue.


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