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This course is designed for correctional personnel. The following topics are included in the class: Offender Manipulation Prevention for Correctional Staff, Stress Management, Reading the Jail Climate, avoiding Security Disruptions, Legal Rights of Inmates, Suicide Prevention, Ethics and Professionalism in Corrections, Documentation of Critical Incidents in the Jail and Cultural Diversity for Corrections.

Instructor Bio:
Gary F. Cornelius retired as a 1st LT from Fairfax County Sheriff's Office after more than 25 years of service in law enforcement and corrections. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, class of 1974, and is a former officer of the Uniformed Division of the US Secret Service. In his correctional career, Mr. Cornelius has worked in many areas of jail operations, and currently is the Programs Director of the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. Mr. Cornelius also teaches punishment and corrections and community corrections at George Mason University, and has been an adjunct faculty member there since 1986. He has taught many seminars on various subjects in corrections and is a certified trainer for the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.

Mr. Cornelius is active as a trainer and consultant for the National Institute of Justice, the American Jail Association, the American Correctional Association, and the International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP). In 1997, he was elected to the IACTP Board and represents local corrections training. He is an author, and has written more than 40 articles on corrections, including a quarterly column, now a book, called The Twenty Minute Trainer, for the IACTP's The Correctional Trainer, which is available from ACA and LRP Publications. He is on the Board of Advisors of The Corrections Professional from LRP Publications. He has written other books: Stressed Out: Living and Working

With Stress in Corrections, and Jails in America: An Overview of Issues, 2nd Edition, both of which are available from the American Correctional Association. He has served as a consultant on the National Institute of Justice report: Addressing Correctional Officer Stress: Programs and Strategies, an Issues and Practices Report In 2001, Carolina Academic Press published Mr. Cornelius' work, The Correctional Officer: A Practical Guide. Also in 2001, the American Correctional Association published Mr. Cornelius latest work, The An of the Con: Avoiding Offender Manipulation. This book was the recipient of the 2002 APEX (Awards for Publication Excellence) award by Communications Concepts.

 Mr. Cornelius received the IACTP Board of Directors Award of Excellence in Correctional Training in 1995, and was included in the 1992-93 edition of Who's Who Among Human Service Professionals. In 2001 he was named to America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals. He is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and resides with his family in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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