Prison Counseling


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

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Prison Counseling

  1. 1. Prison Counseling: View from Behind the Bars
  2. 2. Prison counselors have the task of evaluating inmates’ stability and behavior.
  3. 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. 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. 5. Responsibilities of Prison counselors <ul><li>Prison counselors also participate in creating workshops, special </li></ul><ul><li>programs and group sessions that benefit prisoners’ mental </li></ul><ul><li>health. </li></ul><ul><li>When new inmates are incarcerated, counselors have an </li></ul><ul><li>opportunity to offer them any assistance they feel will contribute </li></ul><ul><li>to their rehabilitation. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Dealing with special cases <ul><li>Various security levels to determine where they will be housed </li></ul><ul><li>categorize prisoners. </li></ul><ul><li>Correctional counselors often make suggestions as to where they </li></ul><ul><li>will be housed, depending on the amount of progress an inmate </li></ul><ul><li>has made. </li></ul>
  7. 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. 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. 9. Individualized counseling is required in order to control this type of situation, rather than working in a group setting.
  10. 10. Prisoner rehabilitation <ul><li>Prison counseling professionals often help inmates obtain the </li></ul><ul><li>skills and training they need in order for them to function once </li></ul><ul><li>they leave prison. </li></ul><ul><li>If parole is a factor, a prison counselor will also help them find a </li></ul><ul><li>job before their release. </li></ul>
  11. 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. 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. 13. The program stresses training and education related to organizational and legal consultation, program analysis and law enforcement.
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