Understanding Mental Health Treatment in the Corrections Setting

Understanding Mental Health Treatment in the Corrections Setting 

With the large number of mentally ill offenders entering correctional facilities, providing treatment is becoming even more important. Many serious mental illnesses are persistent in nature, like diabetes, and require long-term treatment. Mental health staff help offenders manage their illness by treating the symptoms of their disorder(s). Once they become stable, offenders can learn how to cope with life and function successfully in society. This course discusses the reasons correctional facilities provide mental health care to offenders and examines the common types of treatment provided to them. It also identifies the roles of mental health staff and correctional officers in the treatment process and ways to foster teamwork.


Hours: 2.00


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-UMTC
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2020
Learning Objectives:
Identify the four reasons that correctional facilities should provide mental health treatment to offenders.
Identify six obstacles to offenders participating in treatment.
Identify eight ways to foster teamwork between custody and treatment staff.
Describe the four roles of mental health staff in correctional facilities.
Identify six obstacles to offenders participating in treatment.

About This Course Learning Objectives Why Correctional Facilities Should Provide Mental Health Treatment to Offenders Case Studies Treating Offenders With Mental Disorders Counseling Offenders Administering Psychotropic Medications Obstacles To Offenders Participating in Treatment Involuntary Treatment The Link Between Custody And Treatment Teamwork The Role Of Mental Health Staff in Providing Mental Health Treatment to Offenders The Role Of Correctional Officers in Providing Mental Health Treatment to Offenders Fostering Teamwork Between Custody and Treatment Staff Summary

Staff Writer: Diane Geiman
Ms. Geiman is ACA’s Online Training Administrator. She also serves as the Academy’s instructional curriculum developer. Ms. Geiman has more than 20 years of experience in developing training programs for criminal justice professionals, including lesson plans, multimedia training programs, and print and online courses. She has received numerous awards for both print curricula and comprehensive video programs on topics such as criminal and juvenile justice, medical and mental health, supervision, management, and law. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland. Disclosure: Diane Geiman has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Correctional Officers; in the following settings: Adult Corrections.
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