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The Correctional Mental Health Handbook is the first book to offer a comprehensive overview of the services provided by correctional mental health professionals for the various populations found in correctional programs and facilities. Edited by Thomas J. Fagan and Robert K. Ax, experts with over 40 years of correctional mental health experience, this unique handbook is divided into three sections. The first section provides a flexible model for organizing mental health services based on staffing levels, facility mission, and local need. The second section considers typical offender problems in many correctional systems and how they are customarily managed. The third section presents various clinical and consultative activities offered by mental health professionals within correctional settings. While the main audience will be correctional mental health professionals and academics involved with training correctional mental health professionals, the Correctional Mental Health Handbook is also an ideal primer for graduate students studying corrections in criminal justice programs. For the student preparing to enter the correctional mental health profession, this indispensable text explains the general characteristics and treatment needs of specific inmate populations including: substance dependent offenders, female offenders, sexual predators, and juvenile offenders.      

Staff Training: Multiple Roles for Mental Health Professionals
Staff training: Multiple roles for mental health professionals
Kathy J.Harowski

Correctional work is often stressful and challenging, as Chapter 11 indicated. Correctional workers are tasked with managing a difficult, sometimes violent, often volatile client population. To accomplish this task, correctional workers are provided with various policies and procedures aimed at creating an environment that will run smoothly and operate efficiently. In addition, many correctional systems expect their workers to form professional relationships with offenders and to serve as their mentors, parent surrogates, work supervisors, teachers, role models, protectors, disciplinarians, and so on. It is often through the strength and vitality of these professional relationships that institutions are able to manage their inmate populations on a daily basis. Staff are ...

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