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Probation Officer Stress and Burnout

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This is a probation training seminar sponsored by CSRA Probation and focused on PO functions in completing their casework and in serving their courts. There is a lot of talk, these days, about Officer stress and burnout in the criminal justice system. Human services job are stressful and the chances of burnout at some time in your career are high. Some POs are protected somewhat by managers who practice their own in-house flexibility in case management, comp time off, etc. Some management does not understand and thinks their staff should be burned out like they are. The conflicting roles of custody and care cause stress in the POs life as they try to balance the two. Some of the examples of burnout we will discuss include exhaustion, apathy, bitterness, impatience, complaining, and feeling sick. We will talk about 8 steps to reduce stress in your career. 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.