Corrective Experiences In Corrections Counsels

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Andrew Bland wrote a journal article entitled Corrective Experiences in Corrections Counseling in the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology. This journal article discusses the early correctional counselor’s responsibilities and relationships between counselors and inmates. It also discusses more recent practices and what can be improved in the future to help keep people out of jail and prison. Bland feels as though if there was a way to continue the counseling services after the inmates leave jail or prison and build better bonds and relationships with the counselors, then there would be less people returning to jail or prison for the same illegal activities.
Bland’s theory is that inmates only see correctional counselors just
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He discussed how there has been a shift from bonding with inmates and helping inmates transition back to society to just making sure that their time is served fully before being released. Bland discusses how the term “corrective experience” is being revisited. “Corrective experiences emerge from strong therapeutic alliances characterized by safety and trust in the interest helping clients overcome maladaptive response patterns and develop tolerance of ambiguity, receptivity to experience, and intentionality,” (Bland, 2014). Bland believes that corrective experience can only be gained by prolonging the amount of time that inmates are receiving counseling. Inmates cannot properly transition into society with a counselor that they do not trust. Bland’s argument is that inmates do not receive enough time with correctional counselors before being released into society. If inmates were given enough time to meet with counselors, bond and gain trust, and discuss ways to react to certain situations and how to walk away from situations that could land them back in jail or prison, then there would not be a lot of inmates returning to jail or prison for the same illegal …show more content…
Correctional counselors must help an inmate figure out the best plan of action when they get back into society. Correctional counselors must also create a bond with inmates and create a sense of trust and safety. By creating trust and safety, the inmate is more likely to tell the counselor exactly what they will be going home to. When an inmate is given more time with the correctional counselor they are more likely to follow along with the plan that was made, and they would be able to move forward with their life.
With the extended counseling outside of prison or jail, convicts would be able to keep that bond and that trust going and they will be able to keep themselves focused on doing the right thing. This journal article was clear and concise about how Bland truly felt about the methods of correctional counseling and how the rapport between correctional counselors and inmates. This article is great for people doing research because it gives the history and different perspectives of how correctional counseling should work and how a relationship needs to be built and kept between inmates and correctional

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