Women's Pathways to Jail: The Roles & Intersections of Serious Mental illness & Trauma

About the Course:

This research study assessed the prevalence of serious mental illness, posttraumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse disorders in female offenders. This study furthermore examined how onset of different types of criminal activity and delinquency vary as a function of mental health status and trauma exposure. Additionally, the researchers interviewed corrections staff members at participating institutions to assess staff members’ perceptions about the prevalence of mental health difficulties in women in jail as well as staff beliefs about women’s pathways to jail. Understanding female offenders’ pathways to offending, including both risk for onset and risk for continued offending, helps demonstrate the complexity of their experiences and identify risk factors and intervening variables. The findings from this research project have important implications for gender-responsive, trauma-informed programming, including prevention, risk reduction, staff training, and interventions directed toward the rehabilitative needs of justice-involved women and girls.

Journal/Publisher:

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA): U.S. Department of Justice

Publication Date:

September 2012

Course Material Author

Shannon M. Lynch, Ph.D., Dana D. DeHart, Ph.D., Joanne Belknap, Ph.D., & Bonnie L. Green, Ph.D.

This multi-site research was funded and published through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about mental illness, PTSD, and substance abuse in female offenders. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the prevalence of serious mental illness, posttraumatic stress disorder, and substance use disorders in female offenders.

  2. Describe the relationships between trauma/victimization, mental illness, substance use, and offending in women.

  3. Describe the perspectives of correctional staff regarding the roles of mental illness, trauma/victimization, and history of substance use in female offenders, as well as the concerns and recommendations of correctional staff.

  4. Discuss the implications of this research for gender-responsive, trauma-informed programming, including prevention, risk reduction, staff training, and interventions directed toward the rehabilitative needs of justice-involved women and girls.

Use our CE Approvals tool to look up your state requirements and how CE-credit.com can help you meet them, or log in to your member account to show approvals relevant to your licensure.

Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)

Our Provider Number: 1020

CE Learning Systems, provider #1020, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 2/23/2019 – 2/23/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 3 online non-interactive continuing education credits.

More Info

American Psychological Association (APA)

CE Learning Systems is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

More Info

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

Our Provider Number: 5951

CE Learning Systems, service provider of CE-credit.com has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5951. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CE Learning Systems is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

NBCC Counselors completing this course will receive 3 credits.

More Info

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)

Our Provider Number: 107243

This course has been approved by CE Learning Systems, service provider of CE-credit.com, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #107243, CE Learning Systems is responsible for all aspects of their programming.

More Info

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

NASP accepts 30 CPD credits of sequenced self-study per each three year renewal.

More Info

American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders (AAHCPAD)

Our Provider Number: 17-1460

CE Learning Systems dba CE-credit.com has been approved to offer Continuing Education credit for Certified Addiction Specialists (CAS) in accordance with the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders. Approval No. 17-1460.

More Info

Course Article

Exam Questions

All exam questions for the course are visible on this page for members of CE-credit.com.

Membership is free, and you can sign up today! You'll only pay when you're ready to purchase a course, or if you take advantage of the Unlimited Package.

If you're already a member, please log in to see the exam questions for this and all other courses.

FAQs

  • Is this course approved for my continuing education requirements?

    Check the CE Approvals above, or Find Your State Board for more detailed information.

  • How do I enroll in this course?

    Use the Take This Course button and just follow the instructions! You don't pay anything until you're ready to take an exam.

  • How do I access the materials?

    Most of our courses are based on online articles available for free to the public. Some courses, such as those based on books, require that you purchase the material. Use the Course Materials tab above for more info. You don't need to enroll in the course to access materials, whether free or paid. So you always know what you're getting into before you commit to taking the course.

  • Can I contact you for more help?

    Yes! Use the Help widget at the bottom-right of the screen anywhere on CE-credit.com to search our help docs, or to ask our support team for help.

Course Number 102134
3 credit hours
Online Article
Exam Fee: $20.91
4.4 out of 5
213 members have taken this course