Prison Counseling

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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 www.helpingpsychology.com
  • 2. Prison counselors have the task of evaluating inmates’ stability and behavior. www.helpingpsychology.com
  • 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. http://www.postregister.com/special/ofmethandmotherhood/Part2/full/jan_16_stuart_7_blur_c.jpg www.helpingpsychology.com
  • 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. http://media2.tbo.com/mediamanager/2009/feb/08/4558_020809prison2.resource-310x190.jpg www.helpingpsychology.com
  • 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.
    http://www.mlrosen.com/blog/SF-prison-kids-class1-SCALED.jpg www.helpingpsychology.com
  • 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.
    http://media3.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/photo/gallery/100304/GAL-10Mar04-3943/media/PHO-10Mar04-209712.jpg www.helpingpsychology.com
  • 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. www.helpingpsychology.com
  • 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. www.helpingpsychology.com
  • 9. Individualized counseling is required in order to control this type of situation, rather than working in a group setting. http://www.php.moj.gov.tw/site/moj/public/MMO/php/english/eng-6consulting-01.jpg www.helpingpsychology.com
  • 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.
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  • 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. http://helpingpsychology.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/iStock_000001903638Small-300x224.jpg www.helpingpsychology.com
  • 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. www.helpingpsychology.com
  • 13. The program stresses training and education related to organizational and legal consultation, program analysis and law enforcement. http://www.worldwidelearn.com/img/spotlight/argosy-university/forensic-psychology/forensic-psychology2.jpg www.helpingpsychology.com
  • 14. www.argosy.edu www.HelpingPsychology.com Helping Psychology Is Sponsored By