Accommodating Correctional Counselor with strengths in inmate behavior modification techniques, data management, and case research. Safety-oriented with more than seven years of experience working in medium and maximum-security facilities. Hardworking and understanding with incredible verbal de-escalation abilities.
Perform a full range of casework and counseling functions for an assigned group of offenders; co-ordinates offender rehabilitation program within the facility; periodically checks offender progress and recommends changes; provides intensive counseling; maintaining inmate files; prepare community release packages; perform inmate classification duties in accordance with agency policy; act as liaison with facility staff; perform initial PREA intake, along with reassessment; may physically restrain inmates, quell disturbances and otherwise assist security forces in emergencies; maybe required to collect urine samples and/or conduct on-site urinalysis to determine offender drug/alcohol usage; perform related duties as required. I also helped to facilitate the daily orientation of new incoming inmates, focusing mainly on the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) aspect of orientation. When necessary I would facilitate the whole of orientation, along with PREA.
My duties were different depending on the unit or position to which I have been assigned. If I had been assigned as a unit officer I was responsible for supervising the daily operations of the unit. This would include the supervision of daily meals and recreation time, routine tours of the unit to ensure safety and security of both the facility and inmate population, assisting in the supervision of medication distribution to the population, ensure that inmate receive everything afforded to them (for example: bed linens, clothing and toiletries), answering questions that inmates may have, unit counts at designated times of day, supervising unit cleanup and maintaining the cleanliness of the unit, unit security checks, bed checks, and the writing of disciplinary reports for rule violations. If I had been assigned as the unit rover my duties differ from that of the unit officer. I was there to assist the unit officer in the supervision of the unit along with acquiring any supplies the unit officer may need to run his unit, providing the unit officer with breaks, the escorting of inmates into and out of the unit when necessary, responding to any facility codes that may occur and at times assist in the running of inmate visits. I was responsible for completing all reports and necessary paper work after an incident. If assigned as the perimeter officer my main duty was to due a full and comprehensive tour of the outside of the facility to ensure all is secure, along with other duties that may be shift specific. For example on third shift I would be responsible for delivering food to the outer units. Should I be assigned to the gate house, it is my responsibility to fully inspect all people and vehicles entering and exiting out facility from both other DOC facilities and outside agencies.
My primary duty was to maintain a case load of three to four DOC inmates with a dual diagnosis, released to community supervision. I held sessions with each client individually working on a personalized treatment plan to help aid in their recovery and eventual re-integration into society. My other duties included running daily groups, supervising daily chores, supervising inmates at medication times, helping clients find employment, taking clients to doctors' appointments, taking clients grocery shopping for the house and the general supervision of the clients.
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