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Page Title: Training

Self-Instructional (Print) Courses
The American Correctional Association offers print courses for correctional officers, supervisors, and managers. Staff may complete the courses on their own or through a facility training program. Descriptions of the courses and supplementary readings as well as policies for trainers are provided below.

Print Courses
Additional Reading for Print Courses
Attention Trainers: Policy Updates
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Frequently Asked Questions

Print Courses
These courses are available in print. The courses are written and reviewed by correctional experts and easy to read. Questions, case studies, exercises, and questionnaires help students learn the material. Final exams are graded by ACA staff. To learn more, view our course catalog*.

*Note: A course includes the book(s) and the final exam. Additional final exams may be purchased separately. You may order courses and publications online or by calling our Customer Service Staff at 1-800-222-5646, ext. 0129.

Line Staff
These courses are designed for correctional officers who work in jails and prisons. Many of the courses are applicable to juvenile careworkers.

Correctional Food Service

Correctional Officers: Basic (series includes 4 courses; these courses are only sold separately)

Correctional Officers: Advanced (series includes 3 courses; these courses are only sold separately)

Ethics in Corrections Series (series includes 3 courses; these courses are only sold separately)

Legal Issues for Correctional Staff
Managing Stress: Performing Under Pressure
Preventing and Managing Riots and Disturbances
Religion in Corrections
Report Writing
Suicide Prevention in Custody
Supervising Substance Abuse Offenders
Supervising Young Offenders (in Adult Institutions)
Working with Manipulative Inmates
Working with Special Needs Offenders

Supervisors and Managers
These courses are designed for correctional supervisors and managers who work in jails and prisons. The concepts are applicable to supervisors and managers who work in juvenile justice.

Correctional Supervision (series includes 4 courses; these courses are only sold separately)

Correctional Mid-Management Skills
Motivating Correctional Staff

Juvenile Justice Staff-Specific
These courses are designed specifically for juvenile careworkers.

Additional Reading for Print Courses

Professionalism in Corrections Workbook Series
These training workbooks offer opportunities for self-evaluation and problem solving. They have measurable objectives to assess learning outcomes as well as “hands-on” exercises. Each workbook examines skills that can be applied immediately on the job.

Professionalism in Corrections Workbook Series

All Staff
These publications are appropriate for correctional staff at all levels.

  • *Attitude: Your Key to Success
  • *Diversity: Communicating Effectively
  • *Feedback: Giving It, Receiving It
  • Game Over! Strategies for Redirecting Inmate Deception
  • *Listening: Are You Hearing the Real Message?
  • Juvenile Justice Staff-Specific
    These publications are appropriate for juvenile careworkers. Some of them are appropriate for supervisors and managers who work in juvenile justice.

  • Establishing Routine and Structure: A Survival Guide for Youth Workers
  • Juvenile Offenders with Mental Health Disorders: Who Are They and What Do We Do with Them?
  • Reality Therapy and Choice Theory
  • Supervisors and Managers
    These publications are appropriate for correctional supervisors and managers. Many of the publications are appropriate for supervisors and managers who work in juvenile justice.


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