Avoiding Burnout: Handling the Stress of a Jail Career
About the course
Corrections is a demanding field. Jail correctional officers and staff are keeping in custody inmates who are resistant to authority and do not want to be confined. This, when combined with shift work, dangers from working among unpredictable and violent inmates, and pressures resulting from short staffing, can create a very stressful work environment for officers, inmates, civilian staff and supervisors. The frustrations and anger that may build inside the officer can affect both his personal life and professional life. To survive a long career in corrections, staff must maintain good mental and physical health. This seminar will discuss ways that jail correctional officers and staff can maintain a healthy lifestyle where the negative effects of stress can be managed both on and off the job.