More on Staying Well: More Strategies for Corrections Staff

By Caterina G. Spinaris, Ph. D.


“The prior book I authored, ‘Staying Well: Strategies for Corrections Staff,’ aims to increase corrections employees’ awareness of the toll their work can take on them. … This subsequent volume, ‘More on Staying Well: More Strategies for Corrections Staff,’ focuses on attitudes, behaviors and actions that foster wellness, resilience and job fulfillment both individually and as a workforce culture. Topics includes techniques for switching between the mindsets necessary for work and home life, activating the relaxation response, practicing emotional regulation, building positive habits, promoting post-traumatic growth, fostering caring relationships, maintaining professional boundaries, increasing one’s trustworthiness, practicing validation and empathy, and creating positive meaning.”

 

This is a much needed resource for corrections professionals. In a job filled with pressures and demands, this can prove to be a valuable asset to both a personal stress reduction program and in a training venue. It is apparent that Dr. Spinaris is very familiar with the stress of corrections and deserves praise for writing a great work. As a correctional trainer and author, I highly recommend this for all who work in corrections.

~ Gary F. Cornelius, Deputy Sheriff (retired), Corrections author and trainer, adjunct faculty George Mason University

2018-03-29T07:17:06+00:00

~ Gary F. Cornelius, Deputy Sheriff (retired), Corrections author and trainer, adjunct faculty George Mason University

This is a much needed resource for corrections professionals. In a job filled with pressures and demands, this can prove to be a valuable asset to both a personal stress reduction program and in a training venue. It is apparent that Dr. Spinaris is very familiar with the stress of corrections and deserves praise for writing a great work. As a correctional trainer and author, I highly recommend this for all who work in corrections.

Those of us working in the criminal justice system carry a heavy burden of work stress that can cripple us if we don’t take it seriously. The need to be ever-vigilant for physical and mental safety at work can spill over to home life. Dr. Spinaris provides a practical approach to balancing work and home life for correctional professionals. Take these action steps to maintain well-being across your career.

~Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN, CCHP-RN, Correctional Healthcare Risk Consultant

2018-03-29T07:18:16+00:00

~Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN, CCHP-RN, Correctional Healthcare Risk Consultant

Those of us working in the criminal justice system carry a heavy burden of work stress that can cripple us if we don’t take it seriously. The need to be ever-vigilant for physical and mental safety at work can spill over to home life. Dr. Spinaris provides a practical approach to balancing work and home life for correctional professionals. Take these action steps to maintain well-being across your career.

This book is an important read for current and prospective correctional professionals. The chapters give the reader an inside look at the daily challenges of corrections work, and Dr. Spinaris provides more amazing, daily strategies for “Staying Well” physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Stay Well for your agency, your partners, your family and yourself!

~Brent Parker, Director of Training (retired), Colorado Department of Corrections

2018-03-29T07:20:14+00:00

~Brent Parker, Director of Training (retired), Colorado Department of Corrections

This book is an important read for current and prospective correctional professionals. The chapters give the reader an inside look at the daily challenges of corrections work, and Dr. Spinaris provides more amazing, daily strategies for “Staying Well” physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Stay Well for your agency, your partners, your family and yourself!

It is well known that stress is pervasive in corrections. If you have 25 minutes or 25 years in the mentally and emotionally challenging vocation of corrections, you know that this is true. The million dollar questions is: “How does one deal with it?"  Dr. Spinaris answers this question in a rich variety of ways.  I see great utility in how the great ideas are arranged: each section prompts the reader to apply the tactic to themselves. This is crucial reading for those who wish to thrive while in corrections. Those who are retired from corrections can also benefit from the wisdom. Pick it up, corrections colleagues. Your overall health is worth it.

~ Joe Bouchard, Author, trainer, corrections librarian (retired)

2018-03-29T07:25:36+00:00

~ Joe Bouchard, Author, trainer, corrections librarian (retired)

It is well known that stress is pervasive in corrections. If you have 25 minutes or 25 years in the mentally and emotionally challenging vocation of corrections, you know that this is true. The million dollar questions is: “How does one deal with it?"  Dr. Spinaris answers this question in a rich variety of ways.  I see great utility in how the great ideas are arranged: each section prompts the reader to apply the tactic to themselves. This is crucial reading for those who wish to thrive while in corrections. Those who are retired from corrections can also benefit from the wisdom. Pick it up, corrections colleagues. Your overall health is worth it.

Serving a career in corrections, and avoiding all the bumps and bruises along the way, is extremely chal­lenging. Adding to this the current crisis in staffing necessary posts for security and safety, you have extremely difficult day-to-day experiences. There are many temptations for staff to fall off the edge in the form of bad decisions with negative impact. Those that stay the course should have our utmost appreciation for their accomplishment. It is my opinion that such accomplishments do not simply happen by chance. Each corrections profes­sional needs skills and thoughtful planning to get through. In this publication, Dr. Spinaris clearly de­fines those concepts and strategies. I invite every correctional professional to take seriously her rec­ommendations for success. She provides the means in this writing for every corrections professional to complete their career with a smile and great memo­ries of a job well done.

~ Eugene Atherton , Director of Prisons, Western Region, Colorado Department of Corrections (retired); Consultant

2018-03-29T07:26:56+00:00

~ Eugene Atherton , Director of Prisons, Western Region, Colorado Department of Corrections (retired); Consultant

Serving a career in corrections, and avoiding all the bumps and bruises along the way, is extremely chal­lenging. Adding to this the current crisis in staffing necessary posts for security and safety, you have extremely difficult day-to-day experiences. There are many temptations for staff to fall off the edge in the form of bad decisions with negative impact. Those that stay the course should have our utmost appreciation for their accomplishment. It is my opinion that such accomplishments do not simply happen by chance. Each corrections profes­sional needs skills and thoughtful planning to get through. In this publication, Dr. Spinaris clearly de­fines those concepts and strategies. I invite every correctional professional to take seriously her rec­ommendations for success. She provides the means in this writing for every corrections professional to complete their career with a smile and great memo­ries of a job well done.

 

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