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Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy
A Nationally Accredited Law Enforcement Training Academy
Avoiding Burnout: Stress Management for Corrections Staff
About the course
Corrections is a demanding field. Jail correctional officers are keeping in custody inmates who are resistant to authority and do not want to be confined. These, when combined with COVID, shift work, dangers from working among unpredictable and violent inmates, and pressures resulting from short staffing, can create an incredibly stressful work environment for officers, inmates, civilian staff, and supervisors. The frustrations and anger that may build inside the officer can affect both the officer’s personal life and professional life. To survive a lengthy 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.