Innovations in the Training of Swiss Prison Staff (Suïssa)

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7è Seminari de les Escoles Europees de Formació Penitenciària (EPTA)
Barcelona, del 25 al 27 de juny de 2014

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Innovations in the Training of Swiss Prison Staff (Suïssa)

  1. 1. Innovations in the Training of Swiss Prison Staff 1 June, 2014
  2. 2. Key figures (2013) 2011 2012 2013 Number of prisons 111 109 110 2 Total prison population 6'065 6‘599 7‘078 Number of detainees per 100,000 inhabitants 77 83 87 Proportion of foreign nationals (in %) 71.4 73.8 74.3
  3. 3. Our main objectives • Basic training for Swiss prison staff • Advanced training for prison guards, judicial authorities and probation officers • Management training / leadership training • Biannual penitentiary-conference in Fribourg in collaboration 3 • Biannual penitentiary-conference in Fribourg in collaboration with the University of Fribourg; • Specialized library and website „prison.ch“
  4. 4. Title Topics Duration Introduction Work techniques, group dynamics, political science, law, different types of institutions, ethics 5 days Management Corporate management 15 days Health in prison Psychiatric & somatic disorders, health services, 10 days 4 disorders, health services, in-house health promotion Special topics „world of prison“ Security, prison sociology, support and care, work, disciplinary sanctions 10 days Communication in a crisis Simulation of a crisis 3 days Final exam Thesis, group assessment
  5. 5. Preparation Classroom Management course 5 Classroom Teaching Reality - Check
  6. 6. 1. To unburden the lectures: preparation at home mandatory with special literature and case studies. 6 2. Reality-check: Testing of the present practice in one’s own penitentiary, analyses, checklists, benchmarking with other institutions.
  7. 7. Blended Learning • Special form of learning that combines the advatages of regular classroom teaching and 7 e-learning.
  8. 8. Topics of the management course Key Figures Work- and learning techniques, negotiation New roles for lecturers and participants Only little input from lecturers New approach 8 techniques, negotiation styles and strategies, ethics, projekt management, policy deployment, quality management, HR, leadership, communication, etc. lecturers Participants simulate the management of a penitentiary in working groups All topics are prepared in these roles Role of the lecturer: Coach
  9. 9. Consequences Adhanced motivation of participants as well as lecturers Often very realistic problem-solving 9 problem-solving Feedback culture
  10. 10. Final exam in basic course (writen exam, 160 participants, highly specific knowledge) Final exam in the leadership training (problem oriented, group exam with 4 candidates – 3 hours – 2 experts) Final exam / Assessement 10
  11. 11. Problem / assignment Statistical data suggest a rapid increase of the 11 Statistical data suggest a rapid increase of the population of elderly inmates. To address this problem, a working group has been formed. The following questions should be answered:
  12. 12. Questions • What are the advantages and disadvantages of a mixed concept – i.e. younger and elder inmates 12 mixed concept – i.e. younger and elder inmates in the same unit? Advantages and disadvantages for the inmates? For the institution? • What would the advantages and disadvantages of a separate unit for the elderly be? • What would the aspects of such a unit have to be regarding staff, concept and infrastructure?
  13. 13. What has to be done? 1. The working group should answer these questions to a (fictional) Minister of Justice 13 questions to a (fictional) Minister of Justice in a brief presentation. 2. An outline proposal should be elaborated and presented to the Minister of Justice.
  14. 14. • Two experts observe the candidates during the three hours of work. • Individual as well as collective aspects are assessed. Evaluation 14 • Individual as well as collective aspects are assessed. • The assesment is documented on a checklist with 20 items. • Items are e.g. planning, realisation, time management, presentation, reflection and the result of the group as a whole.
  15. 15. Thank you for your attention! 15

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