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National Library Week

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NCJ Number: NCJ 186768     Find in a Library
Title: Focus Program, Executive Summary
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Susan Lagassee ; Michael McGarthy
Corporate Author: Connecticut Dept of Correction
United States of America

ETP, Inc.
United States of America
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 7
  Annotation: This program, originally called the Correctional Officer Maintenance Program but later changed to FOCUS (Families, Officers, and Corrections Understanding Stress) was designed to increase awareness of personal and work stress experienced by correctional personnel in Connecticut and to examine ways of managing and reducing the impact of stress.
Abstract: The program involved a series of 1-hour workshops at correctional facilities. Proposed topics for the workshops included active parenting skills, stress management, effective communication skills, and high risk lifestyles. In-depth sessions were to follow the introductory workshops, and the program planned to look at the life cycle of correctional personnel and prepare educational brochures describing significant events during their careers. Focus groups were established to assess issues related to correctional officer stress, and group participants identified such concerns as favoritism, sexism, racism, and a lack of respect for correctional officers. Training sessions were then designed to address the needs of correctional officers, and information and handouts were devised for correctional officers that dealt with such topics as domestic violence, children and violence, talking to children about violence, stress, communication, finances, drugs and alcohol, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anger management. Steps involved in developing the FOCUS program are detailed.
Main Term(s): Corrections occupational stress
Index Term(s): Occupational safety and health ; Stress management ; Correctional officer training ; Correctional officer stress ; Correctional staff management ; Employee assistance programs ; NIJ grant-related documents ; Connecticut
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 98-FS-VX-0003
Sale Source: Connecticut Dept of Correction
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United States of America

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Type: Program/Project Description
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: See NCJ-186762 for final report
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