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Job Frustration in Substance Abuse Counselors Working With Offenders in Prisons Versus Community Settings

About the Course:

This course examines the job frustrations among substance abuse counselors treating offenders in community vs prison settings. It includes: job frustration, counselor characteristics and job frustration, workplace setting and job frustration, and organizational support. Measures were: education, gender, race, and recovery status.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Job Frustration in Substance Abuse Counselors Working With Offenders in Prisons Versus Community Settings created by Elizabeth B. Perkins, PhD and Carrie B. Oser, PhD in 2014.

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Course Material Authors

Elizabeth B. Perkins, PhD

Elizabeth Perkins is a professor in the Criminal Justice department at Morehead State University. Her research and teaching interests include policing, compassion fatigue, the association with post traumatic stress disorder and substance use, criminal justice organizations, victimization, and qualitative research methods. She has published her work in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Carrie B. Oser, PhD

Carrie Oser is professor of sociology and associate chair in the Department of Sociology in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences. She is associate director of the Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) and a faculty associate in the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR). Oser’s research interests include treatment for substance use disorders, health inequities, HIV risk behaviors/interventions, and social networks among rural, African American, and/or criminal justice populations. Dr. Oser has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and received numerous awards for her mentorship of more than 50 graduate students and junior faculty.

Course Creator

L.A. Rankin

L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Acknowledge the level of job frustration of substance counselors in treating the offender population.

  2. Identify protective factors.

  3. Summarize how race, organizational support, and setting impact job frustration in substance abuse counselors treating offenders.

Course Material

References begin on page 12.

Course Material

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Course Number 102927
1.25 credit hour
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