CJS6710 Evaluating Pastoral Care of Offenders & Their Famlies

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Prof. Karl Taylor

Course Description:

This course shall challenge the learners to critically think as they develop a complete verbatim that includes, 1) evaluating functioning as a minister, 2) developing theological reflections on encounters, and 3) developing plans in ministering to individuals, 4) key dynamics present in events, and 5) developing a spiritual assessment tool along with other points as well.

How This Course Benefits Students:

_x0007_In the correctional facilities all across America psychologists have determined that many of incarcerated offenders are mentally unstable. Chaplains are evaluators in the respect that they are often the first to address offenders who are experiencing personal psychological problems while incarcerated. In most correctional facilities the chaplain often evaluates offenders and, by doing so, will determine whether or not the offender will need to see a psyhcologist. This is just another example of how valuable chaplains are in correctional facilities. The Bureau of Justice Statistics, US Department of Justice, has reported that 283,800 individuals with mental illnesses were confined in U.S. Jails and prisons in 1998. The Public Citizen and Treatment Advocay Center findings were as follows: _Overall, the vast majority (95.7%) of the jails reported having some inmates with serious mental illnesses from September 1, 2010, to August 31, 2011. Incarceration has largely replaced hospitalization for thousands of individuals with serious mental illnesses in the U.S., with state prisons and county jails holding as many as 10 times more of these individuals than state psychiatric hospitals. Evaluating offenders has now become one of the most important task of a chaplain/pastoral care-giver.

Why This Course Is Important:

Evaluating offenders is what correctional chaplains do each day.