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Corrections Fatigue Status Assessment™ (CFSA-v5)

Corrections Staff Resilience Inventory™ (CSRI)

Critical Incident First Aid™ (CIFA) e-Learning Module

Violence, Injury, and Death Exposure Scale (VIDES)

From Corrections Fatigue to Fulfillment™ (CF2F)

RPB Action Plan™

The Resilient Supervisor™ Course

Workshops

Assessment Instruments

What is Corrections Fatigue?

Corrections Fatigue is an umbrella term for a constellation of stressors and stressful circumstances, and the cumulative toll they can take, upon corrections professionals and upon entire corrections workplace cultures. The ingredients of Corrections Fatigue include a variety of factors, many interacting, such as negatively skewed outlook among staff; negatively affected mood, morale, and capacity for empathy/compassion; inconsistent or lack of leadership support for staff, unhealthy interactions between staff, conscience issues, and/or lack of job meaning/fulfillment, among other impacts. Research conducted at Desert Waters Correctional Outreach has been focused on not only modeling Corrections Fatigue theoretically but also measuring it empirically. A Corrections Fatigue Process Model was created to illustrate visually the major inputs that feed Corrections Fatigue and how manifestations of Corrections Fatigue interact to negatively affect staff and the workplace culture in a way that is self-reinforcing and reflecting a vicious circle that undermines health, functioning, and fulfillment.

What is the Corrections Fatigue Status Assessment (CFSA-v5)?

The Corrections Fatigue Status Assessment, now in its 5th version, is a scientifically-developed assessment tool that allows for the reliable and valid measurement of the overall health and functioning of a workplace culture, and provides objective scores in 9 key areas: Behavioral Functioning, Outlook/Disposition, Leader Supportiveness, Psychological Safety, Staff Reliability, Morale, Moral Injury, Staff Supportiveness, and Meaning. Scores from individual content areas have a variety of uses. The CFSA-v5 is often administered online in conjunction with the CSRI and/or DDS (described below). The CSRI and CFSA-v5, together, provide 13 distinct assessment scales bearing staff health and functioning, and which facilitate highly actionable, data-driven intervention designs. The DDS is a brief add-on that takes less than 5 minutes to complete, and adds a 14th measure (optional).

How the CFSA-v5 is Used

Using an online web application that staff can access from work or home via internet connection, the CFSA-v5 provides a convenient way to collect and aggregate data from staff. An organizations’ staff are provided password access a list of multiple-choice style questions that ask about a range of issues pertaining to health, functioning, workplace climate and conditions. Collected CFSA-v5 data are statistically analyzed in aggregate and in relation to cut-points and national baseline data. Results indicate an organization’s status in terms of the overall degree that Corrections Fatigue permeates the workplace culture, and also how it compares to national averages in 9 key areas. This information puts organizations in an excellent position to evaluate where to focus improvement efforts. The CFSA-v5 provides an evidence-based, data-driven approach to determining aspects of the workplace culture that need improvement in order to reduce Corrections Fatigue and simultaneously move staff toward greater health, functioning, and fulfillment.

Click here to download a Data Sheet detailing content and psychometric property information on the CFSA-v5. Note that product Data Sheets are updated periodically and it is recommended that users check for the most up to date version.

 


Corrections Staff Resilience Inventory™ (CSRI)

© 2014 Michael D. Denhof, PhD and Caterina G. Spinaris, PhD

 

 

The Corrections Staff Resilience Inventory (CSRI) is a scientifically-developed assessment tool that allows for the reliable and valid measurement of the presence and extent of various classes of Resilience Promoting Behaviors (RPBs) potentially being performed by corrections professionals making up the workforce in a given organization. Resilience is understood as immunity or protection against Corrections Fatigue and related negative health conditions. RPBs are specific types of actions which, if routinely performed, have the effect of bolstering the health and functioning of the workforce. The CSRI measures the presence and extent of 4 classes of RPBs: (1) Supportive Staff Relationship Maintenance Efforts, (2) Self-Care Health Maintenance Efforts, (3) Confident/Perseverant Frame of Mind, and (4) Controlled/Logical Problem Solving. The CSRI is often administered online in conjunction with the CFSA-v5 and/or DDS. The CSRI and CFSA-v5, together, provide 13 distinct assessment scales bearing staff health and functioning, and which facilitate highly actionable, data-driven intervention designs. The DDS is a brief add-on that takes less than 5 minutes to complete, and adds a 14th measure (optional).

Click here to download a Data Sheet detailing content and psychometric property information on the CSRI. Note that product Data Sheets are updated periodically and it is recommended that users check for the most up to date version.


VIDES_7Violence, Injury, and Death Exposure Scale™ (VIDES)

© 2014 Michael D. Denhof, PhD and Caterina G. Spinaris, PhD

 

The Violence, Injury, and Death Exposure Scale – version 2 (VIDES-v2) is a psychometrically sound assessment tool that assesses the degree of exposure to Violence, Injury, and Death events experienced by groups. The VIDES has excellent applicability as an assessment and research tool, and correlates well with relevant criterion variables. The VIDES is often employed to gauge the level of VID exposure in correctional facilities or departments.

The VIDES is a reliable and valid assessment instrument with sound psychometric properties, developed by researchers at Desert Waters Correctional Outreach. It was designed specifically for use by public safety professionals who experience high stress experiences or incidents, often repeatedly, directly and indirectly, as part of their job role. Examples include law enforcement officers of various types, corrections professionals, and others performing similar job roles.

Click here to download a Data Sheet detailing content and psychometric property information on the VIDES. Note that product Data Sheets are updated periodically and it is recommended that users check for the most up to date version.

 

Staying Well Book

 

Newly Released 2nd Edition – Revised and Expanded

The words above introduce Dr. Spinaris’ groundbreaking book “Staying Well: Strategies for Corrections Staff”. If you work or interact in the area of Corrections or know someone that does, this book is not to be missed!

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Book Sections: 1. The Toll of the Job 2. Corrections Fatigue 3. Taking Your Life Back 4. Professional Boundaries 5. Families in Corrections 6. Psychological Trauma 7. Depression 8. Moral Injury 9. Substance Abuse 10. Corrections Staff Suicide 11. A Spiritual Solution 12. Moving forward


Passing it Along Vol 1

 

Passing it Along: Wisdom from Corrections Staff. Volume 1.

A student from last semester was in a quandary. He hated the negative media portrayals (of corrections staff). In December I gave him your book … to balance out the negativity….  He called it a book that all students should read.  Normally poker-faced, this military veteran turned student was absolutely animated.

Joe Bouchard, Corrections Instructor and Author

2017-02-15T14:03:20+00:00

Joe Bouchard, Corrections Instructor and Author

A student from last semester was in a quandary. He hated the negative media portrayals (of corrections staff). In December I gave him your book … to balance out the negativity….  He called it a book that all students should read.  Normally poker-faced, this military veteran turned student was absolutely animated.

This booklet provides real life experiences from folks who have walked in your shoes and truly get what you do. I believe the experiences shared here can be of benefit for staff just starting on their correctional journey, and also serve as a reminder for staff who have done their time.

—Pamela J Ploughe, Warden (Retired), Colorado Department of Corrections

2016-05-23T15:09:19+00:00

—Pamela J Ploughe, Warden (Retired), Colorado Department of Corrections

This booklet provides real life experiences from folks who have walked in your shoes and truly get what you do. I believe the experiences shared here can be of benefit for staff just starting on their correctional journey, and also serve as a reminder for staff who have done their time.

A great book, full of valuable insights and useful information. A must read for new and experienced correctional professionals alike.

—Lt. Brent Parker, Fremont County Sheriff's Office; Colorado Department of Corrections (retired)

2016-05-23T15:11:08+00:00

—Lt. Brent Parker, Fremont County Sheriff's Office; Colorado Department of Corrections (retired)

A great book, full of valuable insights and useful information. A must read for new and experienced correctional professionals alike.

This volume tells the frank truth about “criminal justice,” and I do not mean the “PC” version, but the honest, day to day life of loyal, dedicated, selfless professionals who serve and protect our society.... The application of this information from the newbie to the seasoned veteran can help promote healthy public safety for the inmates, personnel, and the society at large.

—Ron Sands, LMHC, CEAP, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (retired)

2016-05-23T15:12:06+00:00

—Ron Sands, LMHC, CEAP, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (retired)

This volume tells the frank truth about “criminal justice,” and I do not mean the “PC” version, but the honest, day to day life of loyal, dedicated, selfless professionals who serve and protect our society.... The application of this information from the newbie to the seasoned veteran can help promote healthy public safety for the inmates, personnel, and the society at large.

For those who walk the walk and complete the circle of law enforcement that lies deep within the shadows: these articles are written for you. They are written by front line warriors who have shared in our battle, both mentally and physically. And within these articles we find some rarely spoken truth about our profession.

—Anthony Gangi, host of Tier Talk and Corrections One columnist

2016-05-23T15:14:06+00:00

—Anthony Gangi, host of Tier Talk and Corrections One columnist

For those who walk the walk and complete the circle of law enforcement that lies deep within the shadows: these articles are written for you. They are written by front line warriors who have shared in our battle, both mentally and physically. And within these articles we find some rarely spoken truth about our profession.

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Book Chapters: 1. How It All Began 2. New Officer on the Block 3. Presence 4. Doing the Right Thing 5. I Stand Corrected 6. Being an Encourager 7. Swimming in the Cesspool 8. Two Paths to Correctional Fatigue 9. Path to Self-care 10. One Year Smoke Free! 11. Emergency Preparedness for the Heart 12. Cut or Culled from the Heard 13. A Solid Partner 14. Down Time 15. What’s Better About Me as a Person as a Result of Working in Corrections? 16. Of What Qualities Are Effective Corrections Staff Comprised? 17. In Closing
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e-Book “Processing Corrections Work:
A Workbook to Combat Corrections Fatigue and Increase Corrections Fulfillment

Expert Witness Testimony

Caterina Spinaris, Ph.D., LPC, DWCO’s Executive Director, provides expert witness testimony on subjects related to the impact of the workplace on correctional workers’ mental health and well-being. For more information, please contact us at 719-784-4727 or caterina@desertwaters.com.

Spiritual Support

During challenging times we may feel the need for extra support, such as uplifting words of encouragement and prayer. That is why Desert Waters provides spiritual support for correctional staff and families.You can send your prayer requests anonymously to desertwaters@desertwaters.com. They will receive immediate attention and will be kept confidential. We will email you back and also share your request with our prayer partners so they can pray for you and your situation.

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Indicate a combination of services and/or products you are interested in. Then press Submit. You will receive a quote by email within 48 hours. If you would like a return phone call, indicate (in the comment field) phone number and a good time for us to contact you. Note: All assessments target the health and functioning of the workplace culture, through group-level assessment. We do not assess individuals.

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Inspirational Posters

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$26.95 11×17 (3-poster set)
$81.00 21×36 (3-poster set)

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These three laminated posters (a set) are designed to remind staff of key principles that promote Corrections Fulfillment—the ABC’s of Self-care, the importance of the Big 7 Needs, and the essence of Positive Climate Promoters.
Sold as sets of three in two sizes (11×17 and 21×36), they can be placed in strategic staff areas, such as offices and break rooms, to help staff remember the basics of self-care and ways to promote a positive workplace climate and culture. To place an order by PayPal, click Add to Cart above. To order by phone, call us at 719-784-4727.


 

 

$9.95 11×17
$32.95 21×36

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This laminated poster exemplifies in a humorous way a foundational principle of resilience–expecting and pursuing positive outcomes following challenging experiences. Sold in two sizes (11×17 and 21×36), it can be placed in strategic staff areas, such as offices and break rooms, to help staff remember and reflect on this basic resilience-promoting principle. Or it can be displayed in one’s home. To place an order by PayPal, click the Buy Now button below. To order by phone, call us at 719-784-4727.

Critical Incident First Aid (CIFA) Program

Crisis Resource Information for Individuals

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Two DWCO partner organizations,
Safe Call Now, and Serve & Protect provide crisis and support services for all U.S. first responders and public safety employees, including corrections staff and their families.

The Safe Call Now crisis line number is 206-459-3020.

Serve & Protect serves Criminal Justice and Emergency Services professionals and their families through the provision of a 24/7/365 Crisis Hotline, Chaplain Alliance, and Alliance of Mental Health Professionals. The crisis line number is 615-373-8000.

The Serve and Protect crises line has two options:
1. Option 1 connects you with a crisis counselor by accessing Safe Call Now.
2. Option 2 connects you with a chaplain.

If you are experiencing a crisis, you can also call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-TALK (8255). More information about this hotline can be found at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

DWCO Disclaimer: By using the services offered by Safe Call Now, Serve & Protect and/or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline you agree to indemnify and hold harmless DWCO, its board, staff and volunteers from any loss, injury, damage, penalty or violation to, by or in respect of any person or property however caused resulting from the use of services offered by Safe Call Now and Serve & Protect, including but not limited to information you obtain by asking questions or receiving suggestions, advice, referrals or treatment.

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