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Corrections Stress - 1. General

Vicarious Trauma

Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center
Learn more about the impact of vicarious trauma on individuals and on organizations, as well as resources designed to help you identify and address vicarious trauma proactively.

Working Behind the Wall: Mental Health of Correctional-Based Staff

When we think of incarceration, we think about people sentenced to prison. Perhaps we think of those in jail awaiting trial or serving a short sentence. When we think of reentry, the act of person’s returning home from prison, we think about sentenced people coming home.

Prioritizing Wellness for Corrections Officers (2016)

This two page handout provides statistics on corrections officer wellness and suggestions on what policymakers can do to address it.

Correctional Oasis

A publication of Desert Waters Correctional Outreach.

Running on Empty: Compassion Fatigue in Health Professionals (2007)

Defines compassion fatigue, who it affects, sign & symptoms, contributing factors, what can be done, and how to develop a compassion fatigue prevention toolkit.

A Recovery Bill of Rights for Trauma Survivors

Provides a list of rights for trauma survivors around personal boundaries, personal communication and personal dependency in therapy.

Prison Officers Need Help, But They Won’t Ask for It (2014)

Newsweek, May 2014.

Report on "the mental health of corrections officers, who, according to one study, have rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) comparable to military combat veterans."

The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) (2017)

The VTT includes tools and resources tailored specifically to these fields that provide the knowledge and skills necessary for organizations to address the vicarious trauma needs of their staff.

Mental Health Support: Reducing Stress and Suicide Among Correctional Workers (2013)

"Staff members are a central aspect of a correctional facility, influencing its safety and security. But with the job comes enormous stress.


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