Center for Mindfulness in Corrections

Center for Mindfulness in Corrections

"He who opens a school door closes a prison."
- Victor Hugo




Emotional Intelligence



What is Mindfulness in Corrections?

The Center for Mindfulness in Corrections is located in Deerfield, MA and promotes the research, development, and implementation of Evidence Based Practices (EBP) supporting excellence, staff wellness, safe and humane environments and successful outcomes in the field of corrections. In particular, we provide research-based training and consulting for the implementation of mindfulness-based interventions (MBI’s) like Mindfulness Training (MT), Mindfulness-Based Emotional Intelligence (MBEI), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based Motivational Interviewing (MI).

What is Intelligent Corrections (TM)?

This is a Mindfulness-Based Emotional Intelligence (MBEI) leadership and staff development training for corrections professionals. It enhances a wide array of qualities and skills critical to leadership, management and line staff performance in corrections environments. It includes mindfulness, focus, self-awareness, emotional literacy, accurate emotional assessment and processing, effective emotion regulation, emotional resiliency, environmental and social awareness, empathic listening and effective communication skills, de-escalation and conflict management, and overall capacity for managing stress, avoiding burnout and maintaining a positive attitude and outlook. Intelligent Corrections (TM) is offered in one-day, Two-day and three-day formats, and its various modules can also be integrated into existing leadership and staff development programs.

What is Motivational Interviewing (MI)?

Motivational interviewing (MI) refers to a counseling approach in part developed by clinical psychologists Professor William Miller, Ph.D. and Professor Stephen Rollnick, Ph.D. The concept of motivational interviewing evolved from experience in the treatment of problem drinkers and was first described by Miller (1983) in an article published in Behavioural Psychotherapy. Motivational interviewing is a semi-directive, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. Compared with non-directive counseling, it is more focused and goal-directed.

How is Mindfulness Training used in correctional settings?

Mindfulness Training (MT) for corrections professionals, includes both non-uniformed and uniformed personnel, as well as probation & parole officers and community corrections managers and line staff. We offer customized integration of mindfulness training with other types of staff development, education and training programs, including academy training programs. This training includes leadership development, strategic planning, organizational development, culture building and change management as well as Executive Coaching for corrections executives and managers.

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