About this Event
While working in corrections can be extremely rewarding, it can also be stressful and even dangerous at times. Employees are trained on how to respond to and intervene in almost any critical incident. Training is done to improve employee skills in how to document incidents and investigate and/or prevent incidents. Debriefings are held to ensure environmental safety. However, after a critical incident, are you certain that your officers are prepared for the possible traumatic effects they will endure after critical incidents? What does support look like for officers after a critical incident to ensure that recovery happens not just physically, but emotionally and psychologically, too?
Many correctional agencies have peer teams. They are a vital part of supporting staff and building resiliency, but there are times when staff need more. One best practice is to provide staff with a post critical incident seminar (PCIS). PCIS was originally created by the FBI and later implemented for front line law enforcement and other first responders over 25 years ago. While PCIS is not a new concept, it is new for corrections.
In this webinar, participants will learn how the South Carolina Department of Corrections implemented PCIS with very promising results. Research findings will be shared from both front line law enforcement, as well as correctional staff who have participated in post critical incident seminars. Information will also be shared about how PCIS can be developed for your agency.
During this webinar, participants will:
- Be able to identify at least 4 components of post critical incident seminars (peer-led small breakout groups, mental health support, spouse/partner support, training about various trauma-related topics, and physical wellness [i.e., massage therapy, yoga, mindfulness activities])
- Be able to define EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) and the possible effect it can have on correctional staff who have ongoing, trauma-related issues
- Gain an understanding of research findings related to law enforcement’s experience with PCIS as well as preliminary parallel findings for correctional staff
- Learn about at least three examples of correctional staff who could benefit from participating in a PCIS. (e.g., Employees who have ongoing, long-term trauma reactions from something they experienced in their personal and/or professional life or employees who have experienced cumulative trauma over time that is affecting their present life)
Any employee of a state, federal, local, or tribal correctional jurisdiction.
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