Passing It Along: Wisdom from Corrections Staff – Volume 2


When you attended your correctional academy as a new correctional employee, you were taught your organization’s policies, procedures and practices. You graduated, and were told the rest you would learn on the job. You learned that the job is tough, demanding, grueling, and, in many cases, thankless. You often found that you were on your own when you needed to make the right choices and decisions. These articles you are about to read are written by your peers, and could be considered your Master’s Degree. If you can learn and apply something from each of these messages, you will emerge at your retirement, promoted, effective, successful, happy, proud of your many accomplishments, and realize what a legacy you have left the organization.

–Gerald M.Gasko, Director of Prisons(Ret), Colorado DOC, LTC.MP.US Army (Ret)

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–Gerald M.Gasko, Director of Prisons(Ret), Colorado DOC, LTC.MP.US Army (Ret)

When you attended your correctional academy as a new correctional employee, you were taught your organization’s policies, procedures and practices. You graduated, and were told the rest you would learn on the job. You learned that the job is tough, demanding, grueling, and, in many cases, thankless. You often found that you were on your own when you needed to make the right choices and decisions. These articles you are about to read are written by your peers, and could be considered your Master’s Degree. If you can learn and apply something from each of these messages, you will emerge at your retirement, promoted, effective, successful, happy, proud of your many accomplishments, and realize what a legacy you have left the organization.

PASSING IT ALONG: WISDOM FROM CORRECTIONS STAFF is a valuable stress management, personal wellness, and career enhancing resource for corrections officers and others that work within the correctional system. It provides useful information based upon the experiences of veteran corrections officers and specialized mental health professionals. The insights of its contributors will benefit everyone working within the field of corrections.

–Jack A. Digliani, PhD, EdD, Police Psychologist

“Make it Safe” Police Officer Initiative, www.jackdigliani.com

2017-02-15T14:07:45+00:00

–Jack A. Digliani, PhD, EdD, Police Psychologist

“Make it Safe” Police Officer Initiative, www.jackdigliani.com

PASSING IT ALONG: WISDOM FROM CORRECTIONS STAFF is a valuable stress management, personal wellness, and career enhancing resource for corrections officers and others that work within the correctional system. It provides useful information based upon the experiences of veteran corrections officers and specialized mental health professionals. The insights of its contributors will benefit everyone working within the field of corrections.

This book, and the work done at Desert Waters, acknowledges and addresses the impact corrections work has on staff and their families. I personally feel that these quick looks at the experiences of Correctional Professionals will spark conversations that will lead to change—positive change in  attitudes, behaviors and experiences.

–Jean Delozier,Training Director, North Dakota State Penitentiary

2017-02-15T14:10:35+00:00

–Jean Delozier,Training Director, North Dakota State Penitentiary

This book, and the work done at Desert Waters, acknowledges and addresses the impact corrections work has on staff and their families. I personally feel that these quick looks at the experiences of Correctional Professionals will spark conversations that will lead to change—positive change in  attitudes, behaviors and experiences.

PASSING IT ALONG is a rich source of personal experiences and insight that allow a deep reflection for the reader about the impact of their words, reactions, attitudes, thoughts, decisions and actions—that is, everything that one can control. No matter what happens at work, the stories of this book show that lessons are learned, hope is essential, and maintaining a balance takes discipline and effort.

–Anonymous Corrections Professional

2017-02-15T14:11:46+00:00

–Anonymous Corrections Professional

PASSING IT ALONG is a rich source of personal experiences and insight that allow a deep reflection for the reader about the impact of their words, reactions, attitudes, thoughts, decisions and actions—that is, everything that one can control. No matter what happens at work, the stories of this book show that lessons are learned, hope is essential, and maintaining a balance takes discipline and effort.

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Book Chapters:

  • More Wisdom from Corrections Staff to Pass Along, by Caterina Spinaris
  • What It Means to Be a Corrections Professional, by Anonymous Corrections Professional
  • Bucket of Rocks or Toolbox?, by Anne Gard
  • “Survive Your Career:” A Canadian Perspective, by Anonymous Corrections Professional
  • You Do WHAT for a Living?!!, by TC Brown
  • Are We “Emotional Retards?”, by Anne Gard
  • After Discipline: How to Recover from and Progress after Discipline, by Susan Jones
  • The Test, by the Old Screw
  • Hello, My Name Is Problem, by Joe Bouchard
  • Just Call It Trauma, by Susan Jones
  • How A Pet Helped Me to Survive PTSD, by Phil Haskett
  • Inmate Suicides Affect Everyone —Even Correctional Officers, by Anthony Gangi
  • Weeds and All, by Greg Morton
  • United, If We Are to Stand, by Susan Jones
  • Flavor of the Month, by Anonymous Corrections Professional
  • Betrayed, by Anne Gard
  • The Process of Dialogue, by Greg Morton
  • Professionalism and Safety, by Eugene Atherton
  • It Takes Repetition, by the Old Screw
  • In Conclusion, by Caterina Spinaris

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