Social Intelligence Skills for Correctional Officers
by Stephen J. Sampson, Ph.D.
Skills for Maintaining Strong Working Relationships
Most training programs conducted in correctional settings have focused on security or custody skills and report writing. But today’s correctional setting requires more than “logistics” training. It requires the ability to manage the people involved—including the inmates. When you consider the ratio of officers to inmates, the physical proximity of staff to inmates and the importance of the relationships to the overall operation of the facility, it seems impossible to ignore the need for the correctional officer to learn effective human management skills.
This book is based on correctional officer training programs that have been successfully implemented in federal and state correctional systems—programs that focus on specific skills in emotional awareness, managing emotions, controlling behavior, managing requests and other interpersonal skills. These skills are presented in a way that you can learn them, practice them and make real changes in the way you manage yourself and others in a correctional setting.
About the Training and Manual
Sampson’s Applied Social Intelligence training is customized for Corrections using the Social Intelligence Skills for Correctional Officers Participant Manual and the book Social Intelligence Skills for Correctional Officers by Stephen J. Sampson, Ph.D. The purpose of the manual is to operationalize (put into practice) many of the concepts discussed in the book.
About the Author
Dr. Steve Sampson has been teaching social intelligence, conflict resolution and interpersonal skills for over 40 years. He brings both academic knowledge and practical experience to his seminars. As a Licensed Psychologist, he is the former Chief of Psychology of Georgia Regional Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia (1993 to 1995). He is also a nationally recognized counseling psychologist who works with various law enforcement agencies conducting fitness for duty evaluations and post-shooting debriefings since 1982. He has been a contract Psychologist with 25 Metropolitan Atlanta Law Enforcement Agencies since 1991.