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NCJ Number: 123087 Find in a Library
Title: Post-Trauma Programs: Essential for Good Morale
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:51  Issue:5  Dated:(August 1989)  Pages:188,190,192,194
Author(s): T Barnett-Queen; L H Bergmann
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 4
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Preplanned post-trauma programs for correctional staff should focus on information, support, "ventilation" of feelings, and coping skills.
Abstract: Post-trauma programs that are not planned before traumatic incidents occur for correctional staff tend to be ineffective because they are neither prompt nor well-planned. A preplanned program should focus on providing staff accurate information about trauma, post-trauma consequences, and productive post-trauma coping skills. Consistent emotional support for trauma survivors helps them to feel less isolated, distrustful, and detached. When survivors receive consistent support, they feel more positive about themselves, their efforts to recover, and their prognosis. A detailed discussion of the incident with others is an important element of recovery. Persons who talk about the incident are more likely to experience the support of listeners and others involved in the incident. The coping skills required for dealing effectively with a traumatic incident may not be the same as those a person is accustomed to using under daily stress. New coping skills must be taught if recovery is to be enhanced. 3 references.
Main Term(s): Post-trauma stress disorder (PTSD)
Index Term(s): Correctional Personnel Training; Corrections occupational stress; Prison disorders; Stress management
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