California Department of Corrections and… Rehabilitation ?

I began working in the criminal justice field nearly ten years ago. I’ve worked with law enforcement (Probation and Parole), criminal defense attorneys, juvenile justice, court evaluations, and the correctional system. Like many of us in this field, we embark on this arduous journey idealistic and enthusiastic about making positive contributions in reducing recidivism. What… Read More

Current Events: Corruption in Law Enforcement

Here in California, a news article by the LA Times was recently published discussing the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department being investigated for their involvement in gang activity within the department. Based on work locations within LA County, some sheriffs were found to have matching tattoos and neighborhood names with corresponding monikers. This is something… Read More

First Responders are at highest risk for mental illness and substance abuse: why many don’t seek help and what we can do.

In an effort to better understand the risk for first responders (police, medics, firefighters, military) one must first understand the foundation of risk prevention. There are three methods of prevention: primary, secondary and tertiary. Primary preventions are the type of interventions that aim to prevent any risk of injury, illness, or disease before they’re at risk.… Read More

Stressed? Try this.

PROGRESSIVE MUSCLE RELAXATION TO THE RESCUE!!!!!!! Progressive Muscle Relaxation is a relaxation technique used to release stress. It can relax the muscles and lower blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration. WHEW! Progressive Muscle Relaxation is the tensing and then relaxing of each muscle group of the body, one group at a time. I generally direct … Read More

The Four Parenting Styles

Diana Baumrind is a (now retired) Psychologist who specialized in developmental psychology and did research on the various parenting styles and their effects on a child’s development. Her research yielded four parenting styles. They are as follows: AUTHORITRIAN PARENTING In this style of parenting, children are expected to follow the strict rules established by the… Read More

What is it like as a female working in a level four men’s correctional facility?

For the past four years I have worked as a psychologist in an adult correctional environment.  The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has approximately 34 correctional facilities throughout the State. There are four levels, one being the least restrictive which houses inmates with minor convictions and less extensive criminal backgrounds. I work with level four offenders who are… Read More