Course 0verview; Mentally Ill in Prisons


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Course 0verview; Mentally Ill in Prisons

  1. 1. Corrections Officers working with Mentally Ill OffendersTraining Plan-Lesson Plan Outline OVERVIEW OF THE TRAINING PROGRAMIntroduction: Corrections Officers working with mentally ill offenders face many challenges.Mentally Ill Offenders [MIO’s] are often disruptive, can be easy victims for predatory inmatesand are more self-destructive than most inmates. The MIO’s require not just more time from thecorrections officers schedules but also additional skills.Part of the challenge MIO’s present to corrections officers is the conflict between treating allinmates equally and responding to the special needs of an emotionally disturbed population.The direct command and control approach that is so effective in working with inmates oftenexacerbates the disruptive behavior of MIO’s.CompetencyGoals and Objectives:The competency for this training program is:Corrections Officers will be able to identify the signs and symptoms of MIO’s and initiateintervention strategies, based on the specific symptoms of those inmates, which will helpeffectively manage the inmate’s behavior.Goals and Objectives:There are six training modules and an introduction and competency review that are part of thistraining. Each of the modules has a set of goals and objectives that support the competencystated above.Support Materials:This manual is a resource for trainers. Included in this set of resources is: 1] Lesson plans for each of the modules in the lesson plan. 2] A PowerPoint slide show with a complete set of slides for each of the manuals. 3] A Participant Manual 3] End of Course evaluation for the training 4] A cd disk of the training program.Training Strategy: 1] Case Study Approach: The MIO Training Program is built around four case studies,representing different types of MIO inmates that are often encountered in prisons. These fourcase studies are used to help provide examples of how to apply information used in each of thetraining modules.2] Progressive Participant Involvement: The MIO Training Program contains a series ofparticipant learning exercises and activities that build on one another. These exercise start from 1
  2. 2. Corrections Officers working with Mentally Ill OffendersTraining Plan-Lesson Plan Outlinesimple tasks such as having participants as a group respond to a series of 5 multiple choicequestions to more complex tasks like identifying management and treatment interventions forthe case studies.3] Competency Review: At the end of the MIO Training Program participants, as a group, areasked to respond to a series of 20 questions relative to the management and treatment of MIOinmates. This competency review is set up as an inter-group competition exercise and will helpboth evaluate how well participants are able to meet the goals and objectives of the training andreinforce key learning points in the program.The MIO Training Program focuses on one specific skill. The intent of the program is that staffwill be able to better assess the needs of MIO’s and initiate the management and treatmentinterventions available in their setting that will help minimize the disruptive behaviors.Training Schedule: Module Time Topic Id. frameMIO 0 30 min. Introductions and Advanced Organizer for the TrainingIntroMIO 60 min Legal Mandates and ResponsibilitiesLegal Break 15 min.MIO 45 min. Signs and Symptoms of Mental IllnessSigns &SymptomsMIO 3 60min Suicide Assessment and InterventionSuicideInterventionSHU4 30 min. Medications and the SHU InmateMedications Lunch 30 minMIO 5 60 min. Communications SkillsCommunications Break 15 minMIO 6 60 min. SHU InterventionsInterventionsMIO 7 60 min Competency ReviewCompetency 15 min Evaluation and Summary of TrainingMaterials Needed 2
  3. 3. Corrections Officers working with Mentally Ill OffendersTraining Plan-Lesson Plan OutlineHardware and Software: The MIO program uses both a series of PowerPoint presentations anda reference manual for participants.Case Studies: The 4 case studies are integral to this program. It is advisable that there aresufficient hard copies of the case studies to hand out to learners.Flip Charts and Marker- There are several exercises where facilitators and participants will needto write out responses for the group. At least one flip chart with pad, masking tape and markersare needed.Score Sheets- The score sheets are used at the end of the training program. They are simplysheets of paper torn in half. Each small workgroup will need 10 score sheets. 3