Suicide continues to be a large problem in U.S. jails and prisons. Correctional staff must be trained to spot risk factors and warning signs, understand how to implement suicide precautions when necessary, and know how to respond appropriately to suicide attempts and completions. Many national correctional associations and accrediting bodies recommend that staff receive at least 2 hours of annual refresher training on their responsibilities with implementing the suicide prevention program developed by their facility, even after receiving initial training on suicide risk and response during their first year of employment. This course is designed to provide correctional officers and other staff working directly with inmates in jails, prisons, and community confinement facilities with refresher training on identifying, monitoring, and responding to suicide attempts and completions in their facility.
This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.
This activity is approved for 2.00 STC credit hours.
This course has been approved by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for 2.00 hours. CJA Lesson Plan #5707
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Suicide in Correctional Facilities A. The Issue B. National Standards C. Correctional Officer Role D. Overcoming Frustration E. Review F. Summary Section 3: Identifying Risk, Warning Signs, and Stressors A. Strategies for Risk Identification B. Strategy 1: Screen for Risk C. Strategy 2: Observe D. Correctional Stressors E. Warning Signs F. Strategy 3: Communicate G. Tools to Help You Communicate H. Communication Errors I. Impulsive Suicides J. Review K. Summary Section 4: Responding To Suicide Attempts and Completions A. Suicide in Correctional Facilities B. Invoking Suicide Precautions C. Responding to Suicide Situations D. Act No Matter What E. Documenting a Completed Suicide F. Report Information G. Report Writing Reminders H. Review I. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations! F. Exam G. BrainSparks
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Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new staff joining the Relias Content Department. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 25 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, publication development, and training and technical assistance development and delivery.Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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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