Training and development
There is no better protection against the effects of prison and probation work than a sound knowledge base, a keen sense of professionalism and the confidence to accurately deal with the offenders, hence the importance of training and development activities.
“Neither is there a better guarantee against the treatment of a person deprived of his/her liberty than a properly trained prison officer“ (Council of Europe Recommendation 12/97).
Managing people in correctional contexts is a demanding and highly complex task, with the organization of the prison system depending on many actors that compel a continuous balance of apparently conflicting needs.
Offenders are often the most troubled, vulnerable and damaged members of society, and, as such, they present significant emotional, physical and psychological challenges to prison management and staff.
The job of a prison officer is therefore highly challenging and inherently stressful (Crawley, 2004), and those who do it need a range of skills and competencies if they are to carry out their role in an effective and professional manner.
There is no better protection against the negative effects of prison work than a sound knowledge base, a keen sense of professionalism and the confidence to accurately deal with the inmate population.
We develop tailor-made, face-to-face and online training programs using new methodologies, and we’ve already trained more than 1500 prison staff members in different countries over the last years, designing courses to meet the specific needs of each jurisdiction and function.
These courses can be found at the Corrections Learning Academy — an online educational platform for Correctional professionals, created by IPS, with a growing course library, from flexible self-paced programmes to instructor-led training courses.
Our specialised training courses address different audiences, namely:
- prison governors, deputies, and management staff;
- security agents, social workers, psychologists and rehabilitation personnel;
- other professional groups.
For more information about our training platform, please visit www.correctionslearning.online