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Prison Counseling


Prison counselors have the task of evaluating inmates’ stability and behavior

Prison counselors have the task of evaluating inmates’ stability and behavior

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  • 1. Prison Counseling: View from Behind the Bars
  • 2. Prison counselors have the task of evaluating inmates’ stability and behavior.
  • 3. They also testify in court as expert witnesses, and they give their opinion on a prisoner’s progress or lack thereof in a parole hearing.
  • 4. Counselors also work with employers, community organizers and others to assist a prisoner in making a successful transition into society once he or she has served a sentence.
  • 5. Responsibilities of Prison counselors
    • Prison counselors also participate in creating workshops, special
    • programs and group sessions that benefit prisoners’ mental
    • health.
    • When new inmates are incarcerated, counselors have an
    • opportunity to offer them any assistance they feel will contribute
    • to their rehabilitation.
  • 6. Dealing with special cases
    • Various security levels to determine where they will be housed
    • categorize prisoners.
    • Correctional counselors often make suggestions as to where they
    • will be housed, depending on the amount of progress an inmate
    • has made.
  • 7. If there is concern for the prisoner’s safety, a counselor usually approaches the warden or other authority figure to move that inmate to a safer area in the facility or have the individual transferred to another prison.
  • 8. In cases where a prisoner is found to be suicidal or becomes extremely violent, the prison counselor is often assigned the task of working with that individual in dealing with this dangerous behavior.
  • 9. Individualized counseling is required in order to control this type of situation, rather than working in a group setting.
  • 10. Prisoner rehabilitation
    • Prison counseling professionals often help inmates obtain the
    • skills and training they need in order for them to function once
    • they leave prison.
    • If parole is a factor, a prison counselor will also help them find a
    • job before their release.
  • 11. In some prisons, counselors also write up recommendations concerning the potential release of a prisoner, indicating whether that individual needs more time in order to be fully rehabilitated.
  • 12. Training to become a prison counselor Argosy University offers a Postgraduate Certificate and a Masters of Arts degree in the field of Forensic Psychology.
  • 13. The program stresses training and education related to organizational and legal consultation, program analysis and law enforcement.
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