Mentally Disordered Probationers: Probation Officer Skills for Optimal Outcomes, 8 hours
The most potent professional skill the probation officer has is his ability to communicate effectively and engage the probationer. Increasingly, probationers are afflicted with mental disorders that can be very perplexing to staff. This course teaches probation officers how to navigate. Probation officers learn to identify the behaviors that are associated with mental disorders and select the communication strategies that are most effective. This course also helps participants build empathy, understand mental illness, and trains them on what NOT to say and why. This course teaches field staff the practical skills to handle mentally disordered probationers effectively because the course is solid, skill-based, and uses realistic and familiar scenarios.