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The Mental Health of Community Correctional Officers: Supervising Persons with Serious Mental Illness

Few studies have investigated factors that contribute to the mental health of probation and parole officers (PPOs). Addressing the needs of supervises with serious mental illness (SMI) can create unique challenges for PPOs, which in turn may increase job-related stress and impact PPOs’ mental health. Using statewide survey data from 795 PPOs, we examine whether the number of supervises with SMI on an officer’s caseload is associated with depressive symptoms
reported by PPOs and whether this relationship is mediated by
work stress. In addition, we examine the mediating effects of role
conflict and overload in the relationship between the number of
persons with SMI on an officer’s caseload and work stress. Findings reveal that PPOs supervising more people with SMI report significantly higher levels of depressive symptoms and this relationship is mediated by work stress. Additionally, the association between the number of supervisees with SMI on an officer’s caseload and work stress is completely explained away by role conflict and role overload.These findings highlight the mental health significance for parole and probation practitioners working with persons with SMI.

Mindfulness Meditation, Stress Reduction, and Prevention

Chaplain Aroons Seeda provides a self-guided meditation that can be used for staff, inmates or the general public. This guide supports the user through various types of mindfulness meditation, stress reduction and prevention with the following sections:

1. Introduction
2. Single Breath
3. Whole Body
4. Energy Release
5. Resting Peace Point
6. Self Compassion 
7. Conclusion
8. Play All 

Correctional Officer Suicide Annotated Bibliography

A bibliography with resources on on correctional officer suicide.

Proceedings of the Large Jail Network Meeting: September 2017

These proceedings highlight what happened at the Large Jail Network Meeting September 6-7, 2017.

Health and Wellness for Corrections Professionals

Resources on the Health and Wellness of Corrections Professionals. 

Corrections Stress: Peaks and Valleys

An NIC Training broadcast that explores the effects of working in corrections. Strategies to address corrections stress are discussed.

Prison Guards and the Death Penalty

This paper covers how correctional officers, both working on death row and present at executions, are deeply impacted by their work.

Stress and Corrections: Addressing the Safety and Well-Being of Correctional Officers

This article is a snapshot of ongoing work and a growing national consortium of individuals advancing the well-being of correctional officers.

Hazmat Suit for the Soul

This series addresses the issue of corrections fatigue and how to deal with it by developing responses to daily stress and dangerous incidents.

Stop Stressing Out

This article describes strategies for dealing with correctional officer stress.


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