ABOUT THIS COURSE:
While mental illness exists in every segment of our society, its prevalence is higher in jails and prisons. A survey of the states revealed there are now over three times more people with serious mental illness in jails and prisons than in hospitals. Dealing with inmates who have a mental disorder is challenging for all correctional staff, especially officers who provide direct supervision. Inmates with mental illness are at higher risk of victimization, misbehavior, and suicide. In this lesson, you will learn about mental illness, its definition, causes, and myths. You will also examine the common mental disorders that inmates may have. Interactive exercises will provide you with opportunities to practice what you have learned. Correctional staff have the difficult task of working with inmates who have mental health issues. These inmates have special needs, and their behavior can disrupt normal operations and require intervention from both correctional officers and treatment staff. This lesson looks at the factors in the correctional environment that influence inmates with mental illness and also identifies the common signs of mental illness. It then examines how to supervise these offenders effectively. Interactive exercises give you an opportunity to practice applying what you have learned. With these new tools, you will be well-prepared to work safely and effectively with inmates who have mental health issues. This lesson discusses the prevalence and diagnostic criteria for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is not uncommon for individuals to become incarcerated after experiencing a traumatic event. This is especially true for those who are new to the system or have committed an involuntary crime. For example, incarceration for vehicular manslaughter after driving while intoxicated. As a corrections officer, the information in this course will help you better understand how to work with offenders who are experiencing PTSD. You will have a number of opportunities apply what you have learned interactive exercises and review questions. Practicing in this way will help you in the future when dealing with offenders who may have a diagnosis of PTSD.