Desert Waters offers the following services to correctional and other public safety staff, the agencies where they work, and their families:
  • Mental health and general wellness education and educational products
  • Wellness-related research
  • The first ever staff wellness accreditation program, SafetyNet Accreditation
  • Advocacy for the well-being of correctional and other public safety staff, highlighting the key relationship between staff wellness and meaningful and sustainable criminal justice reform.


Desert Waters serves staff who work in correctional environments (prisons, jails, probation, and parole, for both adult and juvenile justice-involved persons), and other public safety settings (police, sheriff’s deputies road patrol).

Yes, Desert Waters Correctional Outreach is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit (tax-exempt) organization.

Desert Waters serves correctional staff and other public safety staff, and their family members, exclusively. We do not offer services to justice-involved persons or their families.
Desert Waters does not provide professional/clinical counseling or psychotherapy services at this time. Please contact your agency’s Employee Assistance Program and/or your health insurance company for mental health referrals or resources in your area. In you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest hospital’s emergency room. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please call or text 988 to reach the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.
Desert Waters does not conduct fitness-for-duty assessments.

At Desert Waters we offer mental health and general wellness training either directly to staff or we train and certify instructors to train staff (and their family members, where applicable) exclusively for the agency where they are employed. Our trainings are offered either in person or online.

SafetyNet Accreditation™ is Desert Waters’ program that enables correctional agencies to provide to their staff comprehensive, corrections-specific wellness programming that is based on sound research and SAMHSA’s eight dimensions of wellness.

Corrections Fatigue is an umbrella term that was originated by Desert Waters’ founder, Caterina Spinaris, Ph.D., LPC, in the year 2000. It describes the cumulative and combined negative effects of work stressors on correctional staff’s personality, health, and functioning, and on the workplace culture. Corrections Fatigue is the outcome of the negative effects of operational stressors, organizational stressors, and traumatic stressors associated with correctional work. It is more than burnout, because burnout only addresses the effects of operational and organizational stressors, whereas, Corrections Fatigue also includes the effects of being exposed to potentially traumatic material, both directly and indirectly (vicariously). Learn More Here

At this time Desert Waters does not offer Master Instructor training with certification to train other instructors. We only train and certify instructors to deliver our trainings exclusively to staff at their agency and/or to their family members.

Desert Waters does not offer franchises.

To place a bulk book order, please contact Desert Waters at or 719-784-4727.

To place a international book order, please contact Desert Waters at or 719-784-4727.

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