Desert Waters Correctional Outreach exists for YOU, the corrections professional, your family, and your agency. Let us serve you while you navigate how to cope, and even thrive, as you persevere in this challenging and honorable career.

Correctional Workers’ Concerns

Are you concerned that you or other employees at your agency may have been negatively impacted as a result of working in corrections?  We invite you to take this questionnaire as a means of gauging how you or others might be affected by this work.

Note: This questionnaire reflects observations stemming from our clinical, research and training  experience with correctional  staff. It is not a formal, validated scientific test, and must not be used as a diagnostic technique of any type.

Upcoming Trainings

Jun 5-9 – Towards Corrections Fulfillment: For New Staff™ (TCF). Online Instructor Training.

Jul 10-14 – Correctional Family Wellness™ [Correctional Family Wellness – For Families™ (CFW-F) & Correctional Family Wellness – For Staff™ (CFW-S)]. Online Instructor Training.

Sep 11-15 & 18-19 – From Corrections Fatigue to Fulfillment™ (CF2F). Online Instructor Training.

Oct 23-27 & 30-31 – True Grit: Building Resilience in Corrections Professionals™ (TG). Online Instructor Training.

Correctional Oasis

Desert Waters is thrilled to offer you the invaluable resource of the Correctional Oasis, our FREE monthly online publication.  First issued in 2004, the information included here has provided insight, understanding, and support to corrections professionals throughout the nation and the world.  We invite you to benefit from this resource by signing up to receive the Correctional Oasis as well.  Click the image on the right to view the current issue.

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Desert Waters Correctional Outreach (DWCO) helps correctional agencies counter Corrections Fatigue in their staff by cultivating a healthier workplace climate and a more engaged workforce through targeted skill-based training and research.

The term Corrections Fatigue, coined in 2000 by DWCO’s founder, Caterina Spinaris, PhD, describes the combined and cumulative toll of three types of occupational stressors inherent to corrections work—operational stressors, organizational stressors, and traumatic stressors. Corrections Fatigue results in negative changes in corrections staff’s personality, health and functioning, and in the workplace culture.

DWCO’s signature course, “From Corrections Fatigue to Fulfillment™” received the 2016 Commercial Product of the Year Award of Excellence by the International Association of Correctional Training Personnel.