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Hayden Smith

Do you want to see what some of the latest data and promising practices are revealing about staff wellness for corrections officers and staff?  Would you like to learn how to apply a holistic approach to your workplace along the continuum of preventive to reactive responses?  Correctional staff face significant stress and challenges in maintaining wellness and resiliency in the workplace.  There is emerging evidence that effective strategies and programs exist; however, they often occur in a piecemeal or sporadic fashion.  This webinar provides academic insight into the current research on officer wellness and references emerging areas of innovative practices.  It includes practitioner expertise on valuable resources and support for correctional officers and staff.  The webinar moves from preventive to reactive strategies and builds on new approaches to increase resiliency.  Participants will learn what research and practice tell us about the short and long-term effects that working in corrections can have and how to promote staff wellness and manage trauma in response to what they experience.

Learning Objectives: 

During this one-hour interactive webinar, participants will

  1. Develop an understanding of the current research on correctional staff wellness and resiliency,
  2. Learn how to apply a holistic approach to their workplace, and
  3. Gain knowledge on promising real-world practices that can assist and promote both wellness and resiliency.


Dr. Hayden Smith is an Associate Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of South Carolina.  His principal focus of study is the intersection of the criminal justice and public health systems.  Core areas include self-injurious and suicidal behaviors in incarcerated populations, physical and mental health needs in correctional settings, jail diversion, reentry initiatives, and correctional staff well-being and safety.  Dr. Smith has expertise in program evaluation and policy analysis and has worked with numerous correctional and health systems.

Ms. Karin Ho is the Director for Victim Services with the South Carolina Department of Corrections.  She has more than 30 years of victim advocacy experience and over 25 years in corrections.  Recognizing how correctional staff were affected by traumatic events, she implemented the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Peer Team and Post Critical Incident Seminars for employees with ongoing trauma-related issues.  As part of the CISM Team, Karin is the handler for a specially trained trauma dog who responds to correctional staff throughout the state.

The presenters have engaged in several academic-practitioner partnerships that address correctional officer and staff well-being.

wellness webinar

Do you want to develop a better understanding of the self-injurious behavior found among adults under your care and custody in a correctional setting? Would you like to improve your knowledge of the causes of their behavior and the most appropriate responses? 

Self-injury continues to significantly affect correctional systems around the world, leading to adverse outcomes for the incarcerated people who participate in this behavior and the staff charged with their supervision and care.  To address this issue, correctional staff need a better understanding of self-injurious behaviors and the potential toll that witnessing these actions can take on correctional officers and other key staff.

This interactive one-hour webinar delivers a practical, professional framework that can help staff protect themselves while also providing superior institutional responses to the self-injurious behavior found among the men and women in their custody. We will emphasize the nuances of self-injury in the correctional setting and the need for partnerships between multi-disciplinary teams to maximize outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • During this one-hour interactive webinar, participants will:
  • Develop an understanding of the underlying motivations, prevalence, and manifestation of self-injurious behavior among incarcerated adults,
  • Identify the potential risks associated with witnessing self-injurious behavior and how that could affect correctional staff wellness and resiliency, and
  • Gain knowledge about the most appropriate institutional responses to self-injury among the incarcerated population.


Dr. Hayden Smith is a professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of South Carolina.  His principal focus of study is the intersection of the criminal justice and public health systems. Dr. Smith is a national and international expert on self-injurious and suicidal behaviors occurring in incarcerated populations. Other areas of study include officer wellness and resiliency, the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), reentry initiatives, and best practices in evaluating corrections-based programs. Dr. Smith has published extensively on self-harm among the incarcerated population and has numerous experiences working with diverse correctional agencies.

Originally broadcast on May 27, 2021

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