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NCJ Number: 183022 Find in a Library
Title: Understanding the Correctional Counselor (From Correctional Counseling and Rehabilitation, Fourth Edition, P 41-59, 2000, Patricia Van Voorhis, Michael Braswell, et al. -- See NCJ-183019)
Author(s): Jeffrey Schrink
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: Anderson Publishing Co
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Sale Source: Anderson Publishing Co
Publicity Director
2035 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45202
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter discusses the hiring standards for correctional counselors; where correctional counselors work; the correctional counselor as part of a team; the duties and responsibilities of correctional counselors; and special issues, problems, and challenges.
Abstract: The special issues, problems, and challenges addressed are prison overcrowding, the lack of institutional support, racial and ethnic skewing, maintaining confidentiality and other ethical considerations, large caseloads, excessive paperwork, nonvolunteer clients, responsibility for both control and treatment, limited opportunity for reality testing, being "conned" by clients, counselor "conning" of the client, emphasis on failure, and stress and burnout. To be satisfied and successful as a correctional counselor, a person must be knowledgeable about counseling and have the necessary skills to put this knowledge into action. It also helps if one has had courses in criminal law, criminology/criminal justice, and the social/behavioral sciences. In addition, correctional counselors must have the same competencies as their colleagues in other counseling situations. These include concern about people's problems, helpfulness, sense of humor, honesty, maturity, intellectual effectiveness, capacity for growth, objectivity, and a well-balanced personality. Correctional counselors must also be loving and caring people who are willing to work with offenders in planning for the future, who are streetwise and not easily "conned," who do not give up on people easily, who can gain the confidence of suspicious offenders, and who can cope with excessive demands and handle failures in themselves and their clients. Key concepts and terms as well as discussion questions are provided.
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Correctional personnel; Correctional personnel attitudes; Counseling in correctional settings; Counselors; Job analysis
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