Cultural Awareness in Corrections


This course is an introduction to the differences and similarities within the population you interact with on a daily basis. Knowing and acknowledging the aspects of cultural awareness will aid you in being a more insightful and effective corrections worker. This course will bring to the forefront the demographics you need to acknowledge and often times address within the workplace.


Hours: 1.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

California Board of State and Community Corrections


This activity is approved for 1.50 STC credit hours.

South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy


This course has been approved by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for 1.50 hours. CJA Lesson Plan #5707

Course Details

Course Code: EL-CDIV-CORR-0
Hours: 1.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 3/31/2019
Learning Objectives:
Identify the difference between diversity, culture, and cultural awareness.
Demonstrate how effective working relationships must acknowledge culture.
Define two components of cultural competence within the corrections setting.

Section 1: Introduction A. Course Contributor B. About This Course C. Learning Objectives Section 2: Defining Diversity, Culture, and Cultural Awareness A. Meet Marcial B. What Is Diversity? C. What Is Culture? D. What Is Cultural Awareness? E. Diversity, Culture, and Cultural Awareness F. Forms of Diversity G. Behavioral Expectations H. Cultural Settings I. Review J. Review Continued K. Review Continued Section 3: Cultural Competence A. Document Defined B. Document Details C. Further Explanation D. Developing Competence Section 4: Effects of Culture on Working with Offenders A. Effectively Working with Criminal Offenders B. Review C. Acceptable Behaviors D. How Diversity Helps E. Let's Review F. Let's Review Continued Section 5: Doing My Part A. More Culturally Competent B. Cultural Competence Principles and Practices C. Level of Involvement D. Acknowledging Cultural Differences E. Reasonable Expectations F. Review G. Conflict in the Yard H. In Conclusion Section 6: Conclusion A. Summary B. References

Instructor: Launa Kowalcyk
Launa M. Kowalcyk is currently employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Corrections Training Academy as the Curriculum Development Unit Supervisor. Prior to accepting this position in December 2007, Launa was a Correctional Program Specialist with the National Institute of Corrections’ Academy Division in Aurora, Colorado. From 1983 to 2003, Launa was the Trainer/Supervisor at the Central Counties Youth Center in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, a secure juvenile detention facility serving ten counties in Central Pennsylvania. During her twenty year career at CCYC, Ms. Kowalcyk interacted on a daily basis with male and female clients between the ages of ten to eighteen. It was during her work with adolescents that she developed her skills and hands-on experience of working with males and females in custody. Ms. Kowalcyk put her communication talent and adolescent knowledge together and began giving presentations, workshops, and seminars. In 1993, Ms. Kowalcyk began training under the title name, The Leading Geese, her own training and consulting business. She has worked at many training organizations including an over ten-year training contract with the PA Child Welfare Training Program. In addition to her formal education, Ms. Kowalcyk sustains a commitment to continuing education. She has completed several leadership programs, including Leadership Centre County, Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ Rural Leadership Program, and Rotary International’s Group Study Exchange to study the criminal justice system in Central Japan.  Disclosure: Launa Kowalcyk has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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