Corrections Staff

Corrections staff are crucial and integral members to Correctional Ministries. Without their hard work, their dedication to their positions, and their assistance, our ministry would be challenging.

Resources for Corrections Staff

Annotated Bibliography Stressors for Corrections Staff
“Corrections work of all disciplines, whether in institutional or in community-based settings, has been recognized as being exceptionally stressful. Traditionally, this has been regarded as a consequence of staff’s exposure to multiple organizational stressors and also operational stressors. Examples of organizational stressors are role problems, demanding interactions with other staff or justice-involved individuals, and low organizational support. Examples of operational stressors are shift work, high workloads, and mandatory overtime. The effects of these types of stressors have also been thought to result in “burnout.” Recently, a more insidious source of occupational stress has been recognized in the corrections profession—that of exposure to potentially traumatic events and material. Such exposure can be direct (first hand), such as while responding in person to incidents of violence, injury or death, or being assaulted on the job. Traumatic exposure can also be indirect (second hand), such as while hearing about or viewing videos of critical incidents or reading presentencing investigation reports. “This annotated bibliography was developed in an effort to provide current and useful information to corrections professionals regarding possible effects of traumatic and other high-stress exposure on staff health and wellness.

Inmate Sexual Harassment of Staff: “Part of the Job?”
This is news! The fact that leaders within corrections agencies are expected to ensure that staff are not subjected to unlawful sexual harassment from inmates has now been affirmed several times in the legal system

Putting Staff First: Wellness as a Strategic Priority
The National Institute of Corrections provides a virtual conference on staff wellness. Oregon Department of Corrections Director Colette S. Peters kicks off the conference with her keynote address. Corrections staff are tasked with protecting the public and helping change the lives of those in custody, oftentimes at the expense of their own health and wellbeing. Despite the severity of this issue, it has received little national attention. Ms. Peters will discuss the research that has begun in Oregon and the strategic plan to both raise awareness in Oregon and stretch the efforts nation-wide.

Organizational-Level Response and Planning for Staff Compassion Fatigue/Vicarious Trauma
Summary: It takes courage to help child and adult victims of sexual abuse, assist survivors of acts of terrorism and mass violence, fight fires that may have taken people’s lives, or respond to shootings and other crime scenes. It also takes commitment to do this work in spite of the personal, physical, emotional, and mental impact it can have. This session will focus on how OVC’s Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) can help you to—
Conduct an assessment of your agency’s current capacity as a vicarious trauma-informed organization.
Bring leadership and staff together to review your existing capacity, identify gaps, and prioritize needs. Locate resources and tools in the VTT and Compendium of Resources to help meet your identified needs. Develop a comprehensive plan to become a vicarious trauma-informed organization that addresses exposure to single incidents of crime or violence and acts of mass violence and terrorism.