Future CORRECTIONS Training Courses

CORRECTIONS FUTURE TRAINING

This page is a list of course topics for Corrections Staff participating in the NICJC’s (MTU1) Corrections Specific Training, using the Corrections One (Lexipol) On-Line Training System.

How to Participate in this training: 

Once a course is within 4 months of being offered, it will not be switched with a requested topic.    

Last Updated – 01/08/2020

 

February 2020

Stress Management for Corrections Officers – 1 hour

When people think of a career in Law Enforcement, they typically envision words like honor, duty, service, and professionalism. Rarely, if ever, do they associate this line of work with words like anxiety, depression, PTSD, or suicide. This course takes a truthful look at the darker side of the job, where officers are sacrificing not only their physical wellbeing but their psychological health as well.

De-Escalation and Minimizing Use of Force – 2 hours

In this course, students will learn to identify techniques for de-escalation, plan for minimizing use of force, explain the importance of training officers for these encounters and, lastly, apply these strategies to de-escalate volatile situations. Students will be better equipped mentally to make the critical decisions under stress necessary to de-escalate crisis situations and to minimize the force used when use of force becomes necessary.

Contraband Control – 1 hour

In this one-hour course, officers will learn to effectively learn how to identify, search for, and document all forms of contraband.

 

March 2020

Mental Health in Jails – 1 hour

This 1-hour course will teach Corrections Officers how to recognize symptoms to provide a safer environment, as well as apply appropriate measures in managing inmates with mental illness.

Alcohol Abuse Emergencies in Jails/Prisons -2 hours

A large percentage of the US population uses alcohol, and statistics state 85% of all inmates are involved with substances. All correctional officers should be aware of the signs of alcohol withdrawal and know how to deal with this problem. Likewise, inmates in prison may not be in withdrawal, but they can suffer serious alcohol problems from illegal substances" brewed" inside the facility. This course will give you training on recognizing the symptoms and how to take the necessary steps to assist inmates through this critical time.

Court Tactics and Techniques – 1 hour

There are few places more dynamic, emotional, and potentially dangerous to transport an inmate than a courthouse.   Anytime you transport an inmate out of a secure correctional facility, you must be vigilant of your surroundings.  This is exponentially true for courthouses and courtrooms.  Inmates, their family, victims, and enemies know in advance when then court proceedings will be held.  This provides ample opportunity for escape attempts, passing of contraband or assaults. That coupled with the emotional context around court proceedings, testimony, and sentencing, the courtroom requires a heightened level of awareness and security. This course will focus on transporting and monitoring inmates going to court, in a way that is safe and efficient for the inmate, yourself, and others.

 

April 2020

Basic Jail Security Principles- 1 hour

This course will shed light on the necessities for a safe and productive shift. It goes without saying that we all want to go home at the end of the day and the lessons contained in this course can help you walk out the door in one piece physically and mentally.

Booking and Admissions – 1 hour

This one-hour course provides Corrections Officers with the proper knowledge to efficiently handle the booking and admission of inmates.

Classification of Inmates – 1 hour

In this one-hour course, the learner will review classification of inmates, including the purpose, types, and risks that arise.

 

May 2020

Ethical Behavior for Corrections Officers – 2 hours

This two-hour course will provide Corrections Officers with the essential information about ethical practices and behavior.

Use of Force in Corrections – 1 hour

In this one-hour course, Corrections Officers will gain a deeper understanding on the basics, the legal, and the civil implications on use of force.

 

June 2020

Inmate Record Keeping – 1 hour

The one-hour Inmate Record Keeping course is vital to Officers in a correctional facility. Keeping accurate logs and records of inmates will ensure an efficient and safe environment for inmates, officers, and the public.

Jail Release Procedures – 1 hour

This one-hour course will provide the Corrections Officer with applicable knowledge on releasing inmates from facilities properly.

Jail Risk Management – 1 hour

This course will deal with the risks associated with jails, which fall into three main categories: facility, jail operations and management/administration.

 

July 2020

Bloodborne Pathogens -1 hour

This Bloodborne Pathogens online course provides the necessary training in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogen Standard 29 CFR 1910.1030 for law enforcement officers.

Suicide Prevention for Law Enforcement – 1 hour

This one-hour course provides law enforcement officers with the proper tools to prevent and address suicide prevention as it relates to mental illness.

Suicide Prevention in Jails – 1 hour

In this one-hour course, Corrections Officers will be introduced to the prevalence, prevention, and after effects of suicide in jails.

 

August 2020

Corrections Liability – 1 hour

This one-hour course provides Corrections Officers with the appropriate methods and regulatory practices to ensuring utmost jail liability.

Current Drug Trends – 2 hours

Illicit drug and alcohol use in the United States is a significant cause for concern. While many illicit substances are well-known, there are many newer synthetics that pose a risk to law enforcement. Adding yet an additional layer to the complicated and challenging nature of police work are persons with mental illness who may be abusing alcohol and illicit substances. This course will provide learners with the knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the current and emerging drug trends and how mental illness is impacted by drugs and alcohol.

 

September 2020

Maintaining Boundaries for Corrections Staff – 1 hour

This course is designed to inform anyone that deals with or has contact with incarcerated inmates about manipulation.  Inmates will go to great lengths to convince staff to abandon professionalism, common sense and their better judgment in order to violate professional boundaries.  This course will discuss these main topics: knowing where you are, knowing who you are dealing with, knowing how inmates target and manipulate staff and learning safeguards and methods to resist the inmate manipulator.

Managing Special Inmate Populations -1 hour

This is a course about special inmate populations and the inmates that are not in the "mainstream" inmate general population. Correctional officers are a type of specialist - they handle inmates with unique problems. Some inmates require more attention than others, and knowledge of these inmates is power. By properly handling them, you and your agency decrease the chances of being found liable in a lawsuit. This course gives you the tools that you need to safely supervise several special types of inmates. Correctional facilities are grappling with issues concerning inmates who are mentally ill, suicidal, are LGTBI, or are housed in isolation. Issues that are often the result of these populations include increased risk of suicide, assault of other inmates or staff, and harmful effects of isolation.

MRSA in Correctional Facilities – 1 hour

A silent hazard lurking in correctional facilities across the globe could be in your very own facility-MRSA. Perhaps your agency has had outbreaks or maybe you've been fortunate enough to miss this form of staph infection, but in either case, the following course will help you identify it, recognize areas where it may be festering, and how you can treat it.

 

October 2020

PREA – Prison Rape Elimination Act – 1 hour

PREA applies to all correctional facilities, including prisons, jails, juvenile facilities, military and Indian country facilities, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities. This course is an overview that focuses on the importance of addressing sexual safety in Prisons; It explains how to prevent prison rapes and the Department of Justice National PREA Standards. It will also provide information on the risks of failing to comply with PREA Standards. Please note: If any part of the training conflicts with your agency policy, please follow your agency/facility policy.

Investigating Deaths in Jails – 1 hour

When a death occurs in jail, questions arise. This course will familiarize the learner with the common causes of death in jail, such as medical conditions, homicide, suicide, and natural causes. Each death is a statistic. The learner will review some of the most recent data concerning deaths in jails. The learner will realize all deaths will need to be investigated. The need to know why. The ability to answer the question and inform the surviving family members and the community.

Supervising Inmates – 1 hour

Supervising inmates can be a very rewarding experience if you work hard to sharpen your skills. Chances are very good that if you apply the skills you will learned in this course, you will find yourself to be a much more efficient and effective supervisor.  Moreover, you may find that by improving your supervisory skills you can earn greater respect from peers, supervisors, and a majority of the inmates at your facility.

 

November 2020

Written Communication and Report Writing – 1 hour

This one-hour course will enlighten you in the reasons for writing reports, what you should complete detailed reports about, and tips for writing outstanding communication and reports.

Escorting Inmates – 1 hour

The process of escorting inmates, though simple, carries the highest risk of escape. This includes movement within or between facilities, to and from court, hospitals, or other medical detail locations. Many precautions are taken before moving inmates. This course is designed to highlight all of the different facets of moving inmates under your control.

Handling Medical Emergencies – 1 hour

This course is intended to give you a perspective on what to be aware of and expect when you encounter a medical emergency in your facility, and how to respond to medical emergencies.

 

December 2020

Disciplinary Procedures in a Corrections Setting – 1 hour

This one-hour course is designed to highlight all of the different facets of disciplinary procedures in a correction’s setting.

Drug Withdrawal in Jail – 2 hours

In this two-hour course, Corrections Officers will learn to identify drug withdrawal behaviors, and use proper safety precautions to manage inmates.

 

January 2021

Female Offenders and Related Issues – 2 hours

This two-hour course explores the issues and challenges that arise when working directly with female inmates.

Inmate Correspondence – 1 hour

This one-hour course focuses on monitoring correspondence within a corrections facility. Corrections Officers should take this aspect of security just as seriously as any other.

 

February 2021

Hostage Negotiations – 2 hours

This two-hour Hostage Negotiations online course will teach you the steps to creating a better outcome during a hostage crisis.

Inmate Employment – 1 hour

In this one-hour course, Corrections Officers will gain deeper insight of inmate employment programs, and their legal implications.

 

March 2021

Introduction to Probation – 1 hour

As a Correctional Officer, you are part of the Criminal Justice system, which is made up of three parts:  Law Enforcement, Courts, and Corrections. This course will explore the history and current applications of Probation and how they affect your job as well as the criminal justice system. We will walk through evidence-based practices, their benefits, and why they are imperative for everyday use by the probation officer

Holds and Restraints – 2 hours

This two-hour course will supply law enforcement officers with appropriate knowledge and understanding of holds and restraints.

 

April 2021

Fire Prevention and Response Plan for Jails – 1 hour

This course will help you understand the importance and what action you as a correctional officer can take to safeguard your fellow officers and the inmates.

Litigation Procedures – 1 hour

Law enforcement and corrections officers play important roles in the legal and judicial process. When laws have been broken, police are responsible for apprehending the alleged perpetrator, and corrections officers are responsible for securing them safely so that they can be tried for the crimes which they have allegedly committed. In this course, the learner will examine how his or her role as a law enforcement or corrections professional interacts within the context of the judicial process as a whole, as well as the guidelines to follow while testifying in court and finally how his or her appearance or demeanor in the courtroom could impact a jury.

Managing Employee Records in Correctional Facilities – 1 hour

This one-hour course will provide you with the instructions to make sure all employee information is kept safe and confidential.

 

May 2021

Nutritional Standards for Correctional Facilities – 1 hour

It's not your mom's cooking, that's for sure, but you can be certain that inmates' nutritional intake is regulated and carefully planned to ensure that they are reaching certain dietary standards set forth.
 This one-hour course will provide an overview of nutritional standards that must be met, exceptions, and precautions that are taken to ensure that every inmate is receiving a safe meal.

Officer Liability – 2 hours

This two-hour course will educate you on the federal laws and Constitutional laws that help officers perform their duties in accordance to these laws.

 

June 2021

Patrol Procedures in Correctional Facilities – 1 hour

As a corrections officer you will spend a great deal of time within or around the facility. You should know your facility as well as you know your own home, and sometimes, even better. A dark corner at home may not contain danger that may lurk in your facility. This course will give you the material to help recognize what your responsibilities are for a safe and secure environment. You will learn what to look for and/or where you can gain information that is important to the safety and security of the facility. Last, you will be given the tools to help you deal with many of the situations that you may come across while making the rounds in your facility.

Presenting Effective Testimony in a Courtroom – 1 hour

The crime report has been written. The District Attorney Office has pressed charges. Now it is time to complete the final and critical step, testify in court. This course covers the basic strategies an officer can deploy to improve their performance in the courtroom.

Riot Response for Corrections – 1 hour

It is a dreadful thought your facility has lost control over the inmates and they are now in a position of power and manipulation. While no one wants to find themselves in this situation, your best chances for survival are to be prepared in the event it does happen. This course will look at some common causes of these disturbances, how to prevent them, and how to deal with them if they do arise.

 

July 2021

Safety First: A Refresher in Facility Security – 1 hour

This course will provide insight and understanding about the importance of reading the climate of the inmate population, enhancing observation skills, communicating with staff and inmates and maintaining good thinking skills to keeps tensions down in the facility while at the same time maintaining a high level of safety. The CO will learn how to recognize the possibility of inmate violence better, how to read signs of tension in the inmates and how to take proactive action to decrease, rather than escalate violence.  The basis of this course is knowledge and awareness about inmate violence and how to prevent it as much as possible.

Supervision of Inmates in Dining Areas – 1 hour

While most of the world has fond memories of dining en masse in schools for lunch, a time shared with friends in a comfortable setting, the opposite is true for dining in correctional facilities. This brief window of time presents one of the highest risks for assaults and riots as well as other disturbances that make eating much less than enjoyable. This one-hour course will address the dangers that can be expected and provides the learner with suggestions to limit these confrontations.

Understanding and Responding to Excited Delirium Calls – 1 hour

Whether the mental upset is the result of a chemical intake, emotional despair, mental illness, or cognitive challenges, excited delirium calls often place officers at continuous risk by the unknown that each of these categories presents. Knowing how to deal with a volatile situation, such as excited delirium, reduces the risk associated with the incident for the officer as well as for the subject. With the overarching mission statement of to protect and serve; we must continue to find tactically correct methods for dealing with observed irrational behavior.

 

August 2021

Understanding Hostage Incidents – 1 hour

The chances that you or a fellow officer will be taken as a hostage are slim, yet the chance looms out there as a reminder to remain diligent in your duties. Riots in correctional facilities occur, in some more than others, which makes this training is so important. To deter hostage incidents from occurring, this 1-hour course will help you recognize some of the signs. This training will also give you information to help you survive the case of a hostage situation.

Understanding Inmates' Rights - Legal Trends – 1 hour

As a corrections officer, it is important to understand that the inmates in your custody have constitutional rights. It makes no difference what they are charged with or what is in their criminal history. The subject of inmate rights has evolved for more than 50 years. Correctional personnel do not have to be lawyers, but they must understand inmates’ rights and liability. This course will provide a basic, but working knowledge examination of inmates’ constitutional rights and trends in courts’ decisions that affect those rights.

Using Oleoresin Capsicum – 1 hour

There are many options in dealing with an uncooperative individual but only one that will conjure the mental and physical effects of using a chemical agent like Oleoresin Capsicum (OC). This course is will review the history and development of OC and the impact it has had on the field of corrections.  Proper deployment, limitations, health concerns and aftercare will also be covered during this training.

 

September 2021

Using the Straight Armbar to Gain Subject Compliance – 1 hour

In this training program, the effective transitioning to the Straight Armbar technique is presented.  We use the most accessible of the limbs, the arm, to gain control of a resistive subject.

Value of Inmate Programs – 1 hour

This course will be a clear discussion of the need for programs in our correctional facilities.  Corrections have been portrayed as a discipline where offenders are locked up and strictly controlled.  But the truth is that most inmates will be released back into our community at some point.  Corrections mean many different things such as incapacitation and control. But corrections also means reintegration and rehabilitation.  While the offender is incarcerated, corrections staff have an opportunity to help him or her change their behavior.  But the inmate has to want to change. Due to a lifestyle spanning many years of negative behavior, some inmates find it difficult to seek help.  Another aspect of inmate programs that will be discussed is the benefits to correctional personnel.  Inmate programs can have a positive effect on the institutional climate.

 

These courses are NOT Planned Unless Requested

Cognitive Behavioral Training in Juvenile Corrections – 1 hour - Not Planned Unless Requested

Working with youth in a confinement setting is more than a career. It is a calling. One way to answer that call is the Cognitive Behavior Training for juvenile corrections. It is a therapeutic behavior management program that focuses on modifying behavior by changing the beliefs and thinking patterns of the confined youth while teaching discipline instead of punishment. The CBT behavior management program utilizes effective praise, a token economy, specific weekly goals, the immediacy of facility consequences and highly invested staff to facilitate programming that will help young people change.

Juvenile Corrections – 1 hour - Not Planned Unless Requested

This one-hour course takes a look at the unique challenges that the juvenile justice system presents.

Juvenile Justice – 1 hour- Not Planned Unless Requested

This course addresses four primary problem areas in which law enforcement plays a critical leading role: juvenile gun violence; the combination of youth, guns, and drugs; the link between drugs and delinquency; youth gangs.

Ethics in Juvenile Corrections -1 hour - Not Planned Unless Requested

Working with youth in a confinement setting is more than a career. It is a calling; the key component of any facility is the staff. The execution of professionalism, ethics, and compassion play vital roles. This course will examine what ethics are, as well as the ethical challenges that staff face in an ever-changing corrections culture and standards of conduct for staff.

Skills for the New Trainer – 1 hour - Not Planned Unless Requested

Sharing one's knowledge and experience can be highly rewarding, and whether you've become a recent trainer due to interest or professional request, you may not know all the important skills a trainer needs to successfully impart his or her knowledge. In this course, learners will examine the necessary skills of an effective trainer and adult learning principles, as well as an in-depth view of the ADDIE model and other ways to plan and manage any training program.