|Some points from Duct Tape Isn’t Enough|
|By Joe Bouchard|
H1N1, economic woes, and wars fill our minds. As a public, we have so much on our collective plates. Yet this stress has been the status quo for so long. Add those concerns to the daily duties of any corrections professional. As a matter of course, all corrections staff face the possibility of grievances, litigation and assaults. Daily interaction with those who, quite frankly, are not easy to deal with is also a major stressor.
Certainly, we seem resilient enough to deal with the many challenges on and off the job. However, there is ample evidence that suggests we endure a cumulative, crippling harm due to stress. It seems that few agencies provide enough training to address this dire vocational reality.
Recently, I came across Duct Tape Isn’t Enough by Dr. Ron Breazeale. I learned many things from this source, including eleven skills and attitudes that can increase resilience.
Dr. Ron Breazeale is a clinical psychologist with over thirty years experience in the fields of mental health and drug and alcohol treatment. Reaching Home is about the world he grew up in as a child with a birth defect in the “Atomic City,” Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where his parents lived and worked. He has worn a prosthetic hook most of his life. He is married, has one child, a daughter, and now lives and works in southern Maine. He was one of the founders of Maine Resilience and has designed, administered and edited numerous programs and publications that focus on the psychological skills and attitudes that can prevent emotional problems and increase life satisfaction. Maine Resilience teaches participants to manage adversity to bounce back more quickly. Benefits include improved morale, decreased medical and mental health problems, increased team spirit and cooperation, and better relationships among co-workers and community members. Contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-799-7339 x25
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