Individuals in custody will try to coerce, deceive, or influence you in ways that test your ethical boundaries. You will have to choose whether to sacrifice your personal integrity and reputation for your own gain or the gain of someone else. In this course, you will learn about common criminal thinking errors of individuals in custody and strategies you can use to prevent yourself from being negatively influenced or manipulated. This course is applicable to correctional officers working in adult correctional facilities.
This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.
This activity is approved for 2.00 STC credit hours.
This class has been accredited by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for 2.00 hours of mandatory continuing education credit. Regarding any law enforcement concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices as might be taught, promoted, or otherwise espoused in outside schools or seminars, there is no intent, expressed or implied, that ‘accreditation’ indicates or in any way conveys ‘CLEET approval’ of such concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices, unless such approval is explicitly stated by CLEET.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Criminal Thinking
What Were They Thinking?
Why Do You Need to Understand Criminal Thinking?
Criminal Thinking Defined
Criminal Decision Making
Section 3: Criminal Thinking Errors
Criminal Thinking Errors
Section 4: Influence in the Correctional Environment
Influence on Staff
Criminal Thinking and Influence
The Process of Influence
Tactics to Influence
Section 5: Avoiding Influence
Follow Policies and Procedures
Know Who You Supervise
Control Your Response
Maintain Ethical Boundaries
Increase Your Knowledge
Trust Your Instincts
Section 6: Conclusion
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.Writer: Kimberly Cobb, MS
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.
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