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The Ethical Probation Officer

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Do POs deserve the "bad rap" they often get? What are some of the ethical challenges they face? This is a probation training seminar focused on the ethical responsibilities of the PO. We emphasize that both the POs and the people they supervise are human beings so each needs to do their part to maintain a healthy and productive relationship. There is a right way and a wrong way but the only good way is the professional way. Specific subjects include confidentiality, abuse of office, loyalty, the appearance of wrongdoing, the impact of politics, sexual misconduct, and diversity issues. This is a training seminar based on Earlene Festervan's work entitled "Survival Guide for New Probation Officers" published by the American Correctional Association in 2000. This is a great field guide to working probation and more about the "How To's" and "Why's" of the PO process than statistics. Please come join us! Be advised, in advance, that anything said can be used for the training process without remuneration. 

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