Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

Provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole.

Provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole. Make recommendations for actions involving formulation of rehabilitation plan and treatment of offenders, including conditional release and education and employment stipulations.

When a judge hands someone a sentence of time on probation, the individual often has major issues to sort out. Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists help people on probation get reestablished in a positive direction, and avoid further trouble. These officers and specialists work with individuals who are given probation instead of jail time, who are still in prison, or who have been released from prison. Work starts with meetings to form a rehabilitation plan. The plan might include any support needed for the individual’s success, such as housing, substance abuse treatment, legal help, mental health counseling, or job training, as well as an agreement about regular check-ins. Documentation of meetings and activities is a significant part of the job. As a probation officer or correctional treatment specialist, you can expect to encounter visits to hostile environments, strict court-imposed deadlines, and the frustration of seeing some of your clients violate the terms of their release. State and local government facilities employ the majority of these workers, where on-call shifts may be required in addition to full-time work. Typically, a bachelor’s degree in a related field such as criminal justice or social work, is required. Extensive training on the job is provided. Candidates must pass competency tests, drug tests, and a criminal background check. In this field, you must be both strong and compassionate, to help your clients build a better future.

If a career as a Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialist  seems interesting to you  Monroe Career and Technical Institute offer Criminal Justice. The Criminal Justice Program is an instructional program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills that relate to performing entry-level duties as a patrolman, corrections officer, juvenile officer, security officer, and probation officer.  The course stresses patrol and related duties such as traffic and crowd control, the American legal system, techniques used in the police laboratory, and training in emergency and disaster situations.  Also stressed is physical development with a strong emphasis on self-defense and the building of self-confidence.  Investigatory techniques such as interviewing and evidence gathering, report writing, a study of juvenile law and procedure, the techniques of crime prevention, the criminal process from arrest through conviction and procedural matters affecting law enforcement such as arrest, search and seizure, and legal principles developed in information lessons are utilized in supervised simulated situations. The Program consists of a list of PDE-required tasks and additional local or value-added tasks.

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