Stress and Burnout – Correctional Officers – CIPTC, Peoria, IL

Stress and Burnout – Correctional Officers – CIPTC, Peoria, IL

11-17-2022 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Central Illinois Police Training Center Poplar Hall P101
Address: 5407 N University St, Peoria, IL 61614, USA
5407 N University St, Peoria, IL 61614, USA


Brian Fengel, Director

Phone: (309) 690-7350
Fax: (309) 690-7359
Jean Swan:

Heather Grove:

Stress and Burnout – Correctional Officers

Instructor: Gail Sullivan

November 17, 2022

8am – 12pm

Class will meet at: CIPTC, ICC Peoria Campus, 5407 N. University, Poplar Hall P101, Peoria

Enrollment Deadline: November 14, 2022

Course Size: Minimum -15 Maximum – 64

Course Objective

This training program has been designed by a clinical professional with the purpose of addressing the issues related to correctional officers and the various forms of stress that are unique to their profession.

Being a correctional officer requires that a person have specific skills in order to maintain positive and healthy attitudes within their professional and personal lives. Correctional officers often see the negative side of life and the negative aspects of people. These pressures take their toll on officers. The effects upon officers is seen in elevated rates of suicide. The United States Department of Justice report indicates correctional officers have the highest rate of suicide among all American law enforcement officers.

Course Content

The goal of this course is to train correctional officers in self-care and in positive image production. In order to achieve this goal, focus will be specifically placed upon:

 Stress and the correctional officer
 Negative effects of stress on the body
 Consequences of stress and coping strategies
 Coping with the stress of a colleague’s suicide
 Addressing the myth of the infallible image
 Cognitive strategies of stress reduction
 Alcoholism – Divorce – Drug Abuse
 Suicide epidemic in correctional officers
 Humor as a tool of stress reduction
 Healthy lifestyles and stress reduction
 COVID and stress prevention in confinement


About the Instructor:

Gail P. Sullivan graduated from Loyola University (BA) and DePaul University (MA) with honors. She has worked in social services and criminal justice for the past 25 years in the private and public sectors. She has provided therapy to 100 employees (Illinois certified) to serve the needs of sexually traumatized and problematic children under the age of 12 years. As an expert, she was on the States Attorney Task Force for the Mass Molestation of Children and the Cook County Child Death Review Team. She has developed curriculum that meets State requirements for the certification of juvenile police officers. She provides training for Cook County Adult Probation, Illinois Crisis Intervention Team and Homeland Security, as well as MTUs across the state.

Mobile In-Service Training Team # 7 Illinois Enforcement Training and Standards Board

MTU #7 request for certification of this course has been approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board

Meets the following mandatory training criteria: Officer Wellness/Mental Health 1.50 hours

Stress and Burnout – Correctional Officers – CIPTC, Peoria, IL