Grief and Loss in the Corrections Setting

Grief and Loss in the Corrections Setting 

Grief is something that everyone will experience at one time or another during their lifetime. When a person experiences a significant loss they are forced to deal with grief. For inmates these losses can be associated with people or things in the general community as well as losses associated with their lives in the correctional environment (death of a fellow inmate who was a long time friend). Inmates, who are already in a very stressful situation, may experience greater distress than other people when faced with problems including loss and death. As a correctional officer, you will meet inmates who have received news, witnessed events, or experienced significant personal losses and setbacks. This course will assist you in understanding the effects of grief and loss on inmates as well as those who care for them.


Hours: 2.00


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Course Details

Course Code: EL-GL-CORR-0
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 4/30/2021
Learning Objectives:
Define “grief” and “loss” as well as give examples of events that may lead inmates to have these experiences.
Compare grief and loss experienced by the general public with that experienced by the inmate population.
Apply your understanding of the grieving process to real situations involving inmates.

1. Section I: Introduction: a. Course Description 2. Section II: Grief and the Grieving Process a. Scenario “Laura’s Story” b. Commonly occurring steps in the grieving process c. Interactive Exercises 3. Section III: Incarceration, Stress, and Loss – the Life of an Inmate a. A day in the life b. Confinement and loss of control c. Alienation from friends and family d. Loss of possessions and self-governance e. Disconnection from support systems f. Special populations 4. Section IV: Common Symptoms of Grief a. Symptoms of Grief b. Watch For Clues 5. Section V: Role of The Correctional Officer a. Talking with grieving people b. Making appropriate referrals c. Preventing negative outcomes d. Final Scenario - Kelly 6. Section VI: Conclusion a. Summary b. References c. Test Questions

Staff Writer: Johnnie Lambert, RN, CCHP, LHRM
Mr. Lambert has over 35 years of experience as a registered nurse with extensive management and clinical expertise in mental health and acute care and has worked in the correctional field for 13 years in health care operations and health care administration in both jails and prisons.  He is a Certified Correctional Healthcare Professional, a member of the Academy of Correctional Health Professionals, a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant and Licensed Healthcare Risk Manager in the State of Florida. Mr. Lambert specializes in systems administration, system startup, quality assurance and policy and procedure implementation and has experience monitoring and providing evaluations of prison and jail health care systems, medical record review and analysis, contract monitoring, education and training of staff in legal aspects of care, and accreditation preparation and contract review. Disclosure: Johnnie Lambert, RN, CCHP, LHRM has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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