Correctional officers' perceptions of a solution-focused training program: Potential implications for working with offenders

Peter Jen Der Pan, Liang Yu F. Deng, Shona Shih Hua Chang, Karen Jye Ru Jiang

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Abstract

The purpose of this exploratory study was to explore correctional officers' perceptions and experiences during a solution-focused training program and to initiate development of a modified pattern for correctional officers to use in jails. The study uses grounded theory procedures combined with a follow-up survey. The findings identified six emergent themes: obstacles to doing counseling work in prisons, offenders' amenability to change, correctional officers' self-image, advantages of a solution-focused approach (SFA), potential advantages of applying SFA to offenders, and the need for the consolidation of learning and transformation. Participants perceived the use of solution-focused techniques as appropriate, important, functional, and of only moderate difficulty in interacting with offenders. Finally, a modified pattern was developed for officers to use when working with offenders in jails. Suggestions and recommendations are made for correctional interventions and future studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)863-879
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Volume55
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sep 1

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Keywords

  • consolidating learning
  • correctional officer
  • grounded theory
  • solution-focused training program

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology

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