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Desert Waters Correctional Outreach (DWCO) is a Colorado-based 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in 2003 with the mission to promote the occupational, personal and family well-being of the corrections workforce through the provision of evidence-informed resources, solutions, and support.

 

THE NEED FOR DWCO’S SERVICES

Research shows that public safety personnel are negatively affected by their routine exposure to occupational stressors. The toll of such repeated exposure includes impaired job performance, high sick leave use, high turnover, physical illnesses, mental health conditions, suicide, and professional misconduct. These negative consequences inevitably translate into multi-faceted high costs to individuals, families, and organizations. Data-driven strategies to counter the toll of occupational stressors and to promote staff resilience are both a moral imperative and a means to reduce individual and agency costs and liability.

 

WHAT DWCO CAN DO FOR YOU AND YOUR AGENCY

The following are expected beneficial outcomes of implementing Desert Waters’ research-driven materials:

  • INCREASED psychological preparedness; inoculation against traumatic stress and other high-stress events; professionalism; wellness-promoting activities; resilience; and health of the workforce culture.
  • REDUCED risk of developing enduring signs of Corrections Fatigue¹ or mental health conditions; absenteeism; staff turnover; risk of suicide; and agency litigation potential.

 

EVIDENCE-INFORMED PRODUCTS & SERVICES 

  1. Consultingwith corrections agencies for the setting up or expansion of resilience- and wellness-promoting programs for corrections staff.
  2. Staff Training:evidence-informed training courses for veteran employees and new hires, such as, the award-winning “From Corrections Fatigue to Fulfillment™” (5-day instructor training and 1-day course), “Towards Corrections Fulfillment (4-day instructor training and 4-hour course), and “True Grit: Building Resilience in Corrections Professionals” (5-day instructor training and 1-day course).
  3. Staff Wellness Resources/Books: “Staying Well: Strategies for Corrections Staff”, 2nd Edition; More on Staying Well: More Strategies for Corrections Staff”, “Passing It Along: Wisdom from Corrections Staff,” Volumes 1 and 2; “Processing Corrections Work: A Workbook to Combat Corrections Fatigue and Increase Corrections Fulfillment.”
  4. Inspirational postersof Fulfillment and Resilience principles for individual and organizational health.

These and other Desert Waters products and services are featured on this site.

For more information, contact us at 719-784-4727 or by clicking HERE.

¹ The term Corrections Fatigue, coined in 2000 by DWCO’s founder, Caterina Spinaris, PhD, denotes the combined and cumulative toll of three types of occupational stressors inherent to corrections work—operational, organizational, and traumatic stressors.

 

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NEWDesert Waters’ latest book, “More on Staying Well: More Strategies for Corrections Staff,” by Caterina
Spinaris, is here!

NEWWatch Corporal William Young present on the toll of corrections work to his county commissioners in Douglas County, Nebraska. His presentation starts at 41 minutes, and is followed by additional comments. Hyperlink for Watch: https://commissioners.douglascounty-ne.gov/board-meetings/videos

Course: “True Grit: Building Resilience in Corrections Professionals.” This positive, practical, and empowering course combines research findings on psychological and neurophysiological correlates of resilience with in-depth addressing of occupational demands, work/life balance issues and health concerns faced by the corrections workforce. “True Grit” is the much-awaited sequel to DWCO’s award-winning course, “From Corrections Fatigue to Fulfillment™.” It is packed with skill-based tools derived from evidence-informed factors that promote resilience in military and other populations, and adapted to corrections employees’ work realities.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept. prepared this video to announce their jail staff roll out of Desert Water’s course FROM CORRECTIONS FATIGUE TO FULFILLMENT, offered by LVMPD staff trained and certified by Desert Waters.

Volume 2 of PASSING IT ALONG: WISDOM FROM CORRECTIONS STAFF, is here! Order HERE.

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