Speaker announcement: Caterina Spinaris, PhD

Spinaris, Catarina

Research shows that correctional employees are negatively affected by their routine exposure to occupational stressors. Caterina Spinaris, PhD, executive director of Desert Waters Correctional Outreach, will discuss the concept of corrections fatigue in the breakout session “From Corrections Fatigue to Fulfillment: An Introduction.”

Dr. Spinaris will present the ways to transcend this occupational challenge by providing evidence-informed strategies for deterring corrections fatigue and for boosting staff resilience, well-being and professional growth resulting in corrections fulfillment. She will describe the inherent wellness challenges of corrections work and the personal and organizational strategies to counter corrections fatigue through the promotion of resilience and professional satisfaction as individuals and as team members.

Dr. Spinaris is a licensed professional counselor in Colorado with 33 years of clinical experience. She is the executive director of Desert Waters Correctional Outreach, a Colorado-based non-profit corporation founded in 2003 dedicated to promoting the occupational, personal and family well-being of the corrections workforce through the provision of evidence-informed resources, solutions and support.

For the past 18 years, Dr. Spinaris has been treating and training correctional employees and their families. She also develops wellness-related educational materials and conducts research on subjects related to correctional employee wellness, particularly in the area of post-traumatic stress.

Dr. Spinaris is the 2014 recipient of the Colorado Criminal Justice Association’s Harry Tinsley award and the author of the book Staying Well: Strategies for Correctional Staff, now in its second edition.

Dr. Spinaris is also the author of Desert Waters Correctional Outreach’s signature course, From Corrections Fatigue to Fulfillment which received the 2016 Commercial Product of the Year Award by the International Association of Correctional Training Personnel.

Dr. Spinaris holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology from the University of Calgary, Canada, and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University.

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