Correctional staff have a duty to protect individuals in their custody and care. This includes protecting them from self-harm and suicide. This course is designed to provide information on identifying risk factors and warning signs for suicide to correctional officers and other staff working directly with detainees/inmates in jails, prisons, and community confinement settings. You will also learn about stressors unique to the correctional environment that may heighten an individual’s likelihood to attempt or complete suicide. You will be given the chance to apply your knowledge in a series of interactive exercises that test your understanding of the course material.
This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.
This activity is approved for 1.25 STC credit hours.
This course has been approved by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for 1.25 hours. CJA Lesson Plan #6118
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Risk Factors A. Suicide in My Facility B. Terms and Definitions C. Types of Risk Factors D. Screen for Suicide Risk Factors E. 4 Categories of Risk Factors F. Mental Health, Corrections, and Suicide G. Incarceration as a Risk Factor H. Correctional Stressors I. Review J. Summary Section 3: Warning Signs A. The Red Flag B. Priority Warning Signs C. Additional Warning Signs D. Critical Times E. Critical Incidents F. Review G. Summary Section 4: Strategies for Identification A. Strategy 1: Screen for Risk of Suicide B. Caveat C. Screening as an On-Going Process D. Strategy 2: Observe E. Strategy 3: Communicate F. Communicate with Those At-Risk G. Communicate with Correctional Staff H. Impulsive Suicides I. Strategy 4: Educate J. Review K. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations! F. Exam G. BrainSparks
Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the Health and Human Services vertical, in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new Relias staff joining the Content Department. Mrs. Cobb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, and training and technical assistance. She was the statewide evaluator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for adult, juvenile, and family drug courts; a Research Associate for the American Probation & Parole Association providing training and technical assistance to Native American Nations/Alaska Native Villages on systemic criminal and juvenile justice initiatives; and a Research Administrator for the University of Kentucky. Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Expert Reviewer: Dee K. Bell, PhD
Dr. Dee Bell is a clinical psychologist and consultant in the areas of Restorative Justice, Juvenile Justice and Correctional Assessments. She retired as the Deputy Commissioner of Juvenile Justice at the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. Previously, she served for four years as the Administrator of the Community Justice Institute at Florida Atlantic University and the Director of the Balanced and Restorative Justice Project sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Prior to these positions, she has worked 30 + years in Community Corrections for Georgia and Florida State Government. Educated at Clemson University and Emory University, she has provided training in both state and national venues for many years and has authored and co-authored a number of articles on justice system issues and adult and juvenile justice curricula and restorative justice in communities and schools. Disclosure: Dee K. Bell, PhD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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