Resilience in the Face of Traumatic Exposure in Corrections

Corrections professionals are routinely exposed to incidents involving violence, injury or death, or the credible and serious threat of such, either directly or indirectly. These incidents are potentially traumatizing, and can result in staff developing transient or more enduring symptoms of post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and/or depression. The degree and severity of this work-related exposure necessitates that corrections staff be given tools to deal with such incidents both preventatively—before they occur, and also following their exposure to these events. This training is based on Desert Waters’ groundbreaking research on factors that are associated with increased resilience and decreased Corrections Fatigue of corrections staff, as well as other research in the field of resilience. The course describes the nature and characteristics of resilience in the context of traumatic exposure; presents evidence-informed and data-driven resilience factors and Resilience-Promoting Behaviors (RPBs—cognitive and behavioral self-regulation practices) specific to corrections professionals; and explores ways for staff to implement actionable RPBs in the workplace and in their personal lives. This is offered as 7-hour course or as a 4-hour course.

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