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Inmates in correctional facilities suffering from psychiatric or substance abuse disorders sometimes display any one of a number of frightening behaviors: verbal outbursts, physical threats and even violence. This comprehensive guidebook offers correctional officers in jail settings strategies to keep themselves and inmates as safe as possible, while functioning at the highest level of professionalism. The first two sections of the book discuss the environment within jail and in the surrounding community that chronically mentally ill individuals cycle within. The third section is concerned with threat assessment: the authors offer concrete skills on the development of a safety mindset. In the fourth section, the authors focus on how to achieve a state of integrity and powerful calm. They offer specific strategies, including a method of breathing for the purpose of maintaining one’s center in crisis situations. They then discuss specific behaviors ranging from confusion and obsessive concerns to psychosis, mania and acute disorganization. In one very important section, they discuss interactions with opportunistic and manipulative inmates, people who present a danger to the psychological and physical well-being of anyone with whom they come in contact. They then move on to a discussion of aggression, whether directed at the correctional officer or others. There is a specific section set aside on dealing with aggressive youthful offenders. The authors discuss how to de-escalate aggressive and chaotic inmates once a crisis is in play. De-escalation tactics are specific – one learns how to immediately recognize what mode of aggression other person is displaying, and the, one can quickly and effectively implement the de-escalation tactics that are best suited to deal with it. Finally, in a very important appendix written by Lieutenant Michael Paulus, there is a state-of-the-art protocol to prepare jail staff and management to deal with excited delirium cases.

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Safe Behind Bars: Communication, Control, and De-escalation of Mentally Ill & Aggressive Inmates – A Comprehensive Guidebook for Correctional Offices in Jail Settings-HC Version
ISBN-13:
9780998522401
Author:
Ellis Amdur
Published Date:
2013
Binding
Hardback
Pages:
362
Language:
English
Product Dim.:
11 H x 8.5 W (inches)

Ellis Amdur

ELLIS AMDUR- Ellis Amdur balances two careers, that as a crisis intervention specialist, through his company, Edgework and as a 50+ year practitioner of traditional Japanese martial arts. His writing meets right in the middle. Through his company, Edgework Books, he has self-published ten books on the verbal de-escalation of aggression and calming of agitated mentally ill people, one each for those in the social services personnel, for hospitals, for families, for police officers, for firefighters and EMTs, for parole/probation officers, for 911 call-takers, for security guards, correctional officers in a jail setting and for worksite safety (HR, threat assessment professionals, etc), some co-written. In addition, he has published Shapeshifting: Effective Scenario Training for Hostage Negotiation Teams, co-written with Fmr. Sgt. Lis Eddy. He has also released a video and instructional book on verbal de-escalation for the armed citizen, through the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA). Amdur has also published Body and Soul: Toward a Radical Intersubjectivity in Psychotherapy, a combination of a lyrical description of how phenomenology and dialogal philosophy can be applied to psychotherapy, followed by two heart-wrenching accounts showing how these abstract principles are embodied in the real world. He has written and published three books on martial arts, the iconoclastic Dueling with Osensei: Old School, a work on classical martial traditions and most recently, Hidden in Plain Sight, on esoteric knowledge within various Japanese martial traditions. All three of these books, in revised, expanded editions have been - or will soon be - release by Freelance Academy Press. Along with authors Neal Stephenson, Charles Mann & Mark Teppo and artists Robert Sammelin and Dean Kotz, Ellis has released the Jet City Comics graphic novel, the Cimmaronin. His first novel, The Girl with the Face of the Moon is published on Amazon KDP, with an illustrated print version pending. He is currently working on his second novel. His books are considered unique in that he uses his own experiences, often hair-raising or outrageous, as illustrations of the principles about which he writes, but it is also backed by solid research, and boots-on-the-ground experience. SGT. MICHAEL BLAKE- Sergeant Michael Blake earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Justice from Central Washington University in 1993. While in College, she volunteered for the local Crisis Line and completed an internship with the Attorney General’s Office. That internship included compiling statistics for the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting and she was introduced to the Homicide information and Tracking System (HITS Program) in which crime statistics are coupled with GPS in order to solve Crime in Washington State. Since 1994, she has been employed off and on in Corrections with the Yakima County Department of Corrections in Washington State. In 2002, she promoted to Corporal and in 2003, began working as one of the Training Coordinators for the Department. During her tenure as Training Coordinator, she wrote the first training model for corrections officers based on the Reno Model for training Law Enforcement officers. She also co-authored promotional training models for Corporals and Sergeants with her partners in training. All three of these training models were accepted and approved by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Academy as qualified curriculum for certification processes. Michael was fortunate to travel to Longmont Colorado to participate in the National Institute of Corrections Training program for Training Coordinators. She also became a Certified Field Training Officer in the Reno Model. In her spare time she began bringing the training records into compliance with the American Correctional Association’s standards for records retention and destruction. While working with the Department of Corrections, Michael was invited to be an Adjunct Professor at Yakima Valley Community College, teaching an Inmate Populations Course, for which she developed the curriculum, guidelines, and tests. Michael helped implement the first Peer Support Team for the Yakima County Department of Corrections. She was one of the founding Peer Support members and has assisted staff after numerous crisis events. During this time she was asked to teach the Corrections portion of the Crisis Intervention Training course being offered to Law Enforcement by Comprehensive Mental Health. In 2007, Michael promoted to Shift Sergeant, running a team of thirty plus officers where she remained for two years, helping to guide her shift through several crisis events, including the death of an officer. In 2009, Michael transferred to the position of Population Liaison Sergeant. This position included the supervision of the Classification Division in the jail as well as helping to manage the population of State Contract Inmates in the facility. Michael was requested to help develop a pre-release program for Yakima County. She, with a team of professionals, developed and implemented the Release Analysis Division. This division provided recommendations to the court regarding the risk and release factors of inmates. As that position was closed, Michael went back to being a Shift Sergeant, adamant that it is the best job in Corrections. CHRIS DEVILLENEUVE- Chris De Villeneuve is a happily married father of two young children. He holds an MBA in healthcare management, a master’s degree in counseling and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He has worked in the behavioral health field for 25 years. He is a Director with Comprehensive and works as the Site Direc- tor in Sunnyside, Washington. He is a designated mental health professional in the State of Washington and has been a volunteer hostage negotiator for the Yakima Police Department for ten years. He started work with the Behavioral Health Diversion program during a grant project in 2006 that teamed local government, community mental health providers, and law enforcement agencies to implement a behavioral health intervention program. Presentations on this program have been made at the State and National level. ELLIS AMDUR Ellis Amdur balances two careers, that as a crisis intervention specialist, through his company, Edgework and as a 50+ year practitioner of traditional Japanese martial arts. His writing meets right in the middle. Through his company, Edgework Books, he has self-published ten books on the verbal de-escalation of aggression and calming of agitated mentally ill people, one each for those in the social services personnel, for hospitals, for families, for police officers, for firefighters and EMTs, for parole/probation officers, for 911 call-takers, for security guards, correctional officers in a jail setting and for worksite safety (HR, threat assessment professionals, etc), some co-written. In addition, he has published Shapeshifting: Effective Scenario Training for Hostage Negotiation Teams, co-written with Fmr. Sgt. Lis Eddy. He has also released a video and instructional book on verbal de-escalation for the armed citizen, through the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA). Amdur has also published Body and Soul: Toward a Radical Intersubjectivity in Psychotherapy, a combination of a lyrical description of how phenomenology and dialogal philosophy can be applied to psychotherapy, followed by two heart-wrenching accounts showing how these abstract principles are embodied in the real world. He has written and published three books on martial arts, the iconoclastic Dueling with Osensei: Old School, a work on classical martial traditions and most recently, Hidden in Plain Sight, on esoteric knowledge within various Japanese martial traditions. All three of these books, in revised, expanded editions have been - or will soon be - released by by Freelance Academy Press. Along with authors Neal Stephenson, Charles Mann & Mark Teppo and artists Robert Sammelin and Dean Kotz, Ellis has released the Jet City Comics graphic novel, the Cimmaronin. His first novel, The Girl with the Face of the Moon is published on Amazon KDP, with an illustrated print version pending. He is currently working on his second novel. His books are considered unique in that he uses his own experiences, often hair-raising or outrageous, as illustrations of the principles about which he writes, but it is also backed by solid research, and boots-on-the-ground experience. SGT. MICHAEL BLAKE Sergeant Michael Blake earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Justice from Central Washington University in 1993. While in College, she volunteered for the local Crisis Line and completed an internship with the Attorney General’s Office. That internship included compiling statistics for the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting and she was introduced to the Homicide information and Tracking System (HITS Program) in which crime statistics are coupled with GPS in order to solve Crime in Washington State. Since 1994, she has been employed off and on in Corrections with the Yakima County Department of Corrections in Washington State. In 2002, she promoted to Corporal and in 2003, began working as one of the Training Coordinators for the Department. During her tenure as Training Coordinator, she wrote the first training model for corrections officers based on the Reno Model for training Law Enforcement officers. She also co-authored promotional training models for Corporals and Sergeants with her partners in training. All three of these training models were accepted and approved by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Academy as qualified curriculum for certification processes. Michael was fortunate to travel to Longmont Colorado to participate in the National Institute of Corrections Training program for Training Coordinators. She also became a Certified Field Training Officer in the Reno Model. In her spare time she began bringing the training records into compliance with the American Correctional Association’s standards for records retention and destruction. While working with the Department of Corrections, Michael was invited to be an Adjunct Professor at Yakima Valley Community College, teaching an Inmate Populations Course, for which she developed the curriculum, guidelines, and tests. Michael helped implement the first Peer Support Team for the Yakima County Department of Corrections. She was one of the founding Peer Support members and has assisted staff after numerous crisis events. During this time she was asked to teach the Corrections portion of the Crisis Intervention Training course being offered to Law Enforcement by Comprehensive Mental Health. In 2007, Michael promoted to Shift Sergeant, running a team of thirty plus officers where she remained for two years, helping to guide her shift through several crisis events, including the death of an officer. In 2009, Michael transferred to the position of Population Liaison Sergeant. This position included the supervision of the Classification Division in the jail as well as helping to manage the population of State Contract Inmates in the facility. Michael was requested to help develop a pre-release program for Yakima County. She, with a team of professionals, developed and implemented the Release Analysis Division. This division provided recommendations to the court regarding the risk and release factors of inmates. As that position was closed, Michael went back to being a Shift Sergeant, adamant that it is the best job in Corrections. CHRIS DEVILLENEUVE Chris De Villeneuve is a happily married father of two young children. He holds an MBA in healthcare management, a master’s degree in counseling and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He has worked in the behavioral health field for 25 years. He is a Director with Comprehensive and works as the Site Direc- tor in Sunnyside, Washington. He is a designated mental health professional in the State of Washington and has been a volunteer hostage negotiator for the Yakima Police Department for ten years. He started work with the Behavioral Health Diversion program during a grant project in 2006 that teamed local government, community mental health providers, and law enforcement agencies to implement a behavioral health intervention program. Presentations on this program have been made at the State and National level.

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About the Author

ELLIS AMDUR-
Ellis Amdur balances two careers, that as a crisis intervention specialist, through his company, Edgework and as a 50+ year practitioner of traditional Japanese martial arts. His writing meets right in the middle. Through his company, Edgework Books, he has self-published ten books on the verbal de-escalation of aggression and calming of agitated mentally ill people, one each for those in the social services personnel, for hospitals, for families, for police officers, for firefighters and EMTs, for parole/probation officers, for 911 call-takers, for security guards, correctional officers in a jail setting and for worksite safety (HR, threat assessment professionals, etc), some co-written. In addition, he has published Shapeshifting: Effective Scenario Training for Hostage Negotiation Teams, co-written with Fmr. Sgt. Lis Eddy. He has also released a video and instructional book on verbal de-escalation for the armed citizen, through the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA).
Amdur has also published Body and Soul: Toward a Radical Intersubjectivity in Psychotherapy, a combination of a lyrical description of how phenomenology and dialogal philosophy can be applied to psychotherapy, followed by two heart-wrenching accounts showing how these abstract principles are embodied in the real world.
He has written and published three books on martial arts, the iconoclastic Dueling with Osensei: Old School, a work on classical martial traditions and most recently, Hidden in Plain Sight, on esoteric knowledge within various Japanese martial traditions. All three of these books, in revised, expanded editions have been – or will soon be – release by Freelance Academy Press.
Along with authors Neal Stephenson, Charles Mann & Mark Teppo and artists Robert Sammelin and Dean Kotz, Ellis has released the Jet City Comics graphic novel, the Cimmaronin.
His first novel, The Girl with the Face of the Moon is published on Amazon KDP, with an illustrated print version pending. He is currently working on his second novel.
His books are considered unique in that he uses his own experiences, often hair-raising or outrageous, as illustrations of the principles about which he writes, but it is also backed by solid research, and boots-on-the-ground experience.

SGT. MICHAEL BLAKE-
Sergeant Michael Blake earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Justice from Central Washington University in 1993. While in College, she volunteered for the local Crisis Line and completed an internship with the Attorney General’s Office. That internship included compiling statistics for the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting and she was introduced to the Homicide information and Tracking System (HITS Program) in which crime statistics are coupled with GPS in order to solve Crime in Washington State. Since 1994, she has been employed off and on in Corrections with the Yakima County Department of Corrections in Washington State.
In 2002, she promoted to Corporal and in 2003, began working as one of the Training Coordinators for the Department. During her tenure as Training Coordinator, she wrote the first training model for corrections officers based on the Reno Model for training Law Enforcement officers. She also co-authored promotional training models for Corporals and Sergeants with her partners in training. All three of these training models were accepted and approved by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Academy as qualified curriculum for certification processes.
Michael was fortunate to travel to Longmont Colorado to participate in the National Institute of Corrections Training program for Training Coordinators. She also became a Certified Field Training Officer in the Reno Model. In her spare time she began bringing the training records into compliance with the American Correctional Association’s standards for records retention and destruction.
While working with the Department of Corrections, Michael was invited to be an Adjunct Professor at Yakima Valley Community College, teaching an Inmate Populations Course, for which she developed the curriculum, guidelines, and tests.
Michael helped implement the first Peer Support Team for the Yakima County Department of Corrections. She was one of the founding Peer Support members and has assisted staff after numerous crisis events. During this time she was asked to teach the Corrections portion of the Crisis Intervention Training course being offered to Law Enforcement by Comprehensive Mental Health.
In 2007, Michael promoted to Shift Sergeant, running a team of thirty plus officers where she remained for two years, helping to guide her shift through several crisis events, including the death of an officer.
In 2009, Michael transferred to the position of Population Liaison Sergeant. This position included the supervision of the Classification Division in the jail as well as helping to manage the population of State Contract Inmates in the facility. Michael was requested to help develop a pre-release program for Yakima County. She, with a team of professionals, developed and implemented the Release Analysis Division. This division provided recommendations to the court regarding the risk and release factors of inmates. As that position was closed, Michael went back to being a Shift Sergeant, adamant that it is the best job in Corrections.

CHRIS DEVILLENEUVE-
Chris De Villeneuve is a happily married father of two young children. He holds an MBA in healthcare management, a master’s degree in counseling and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He has worked in the behavioral health field for 25 years. He is a Director with Comprehensive and works as the Site Direc- tor in Sunnyside, Washington. He is a designated mental health professional in the State of Washington and has been a volunteer hostage negotiator for the Yakima Police Department for ten years.
He started work with the Behavioral Health Diversion program during a grant
project in 2006 that teamed local government, community mental health providers, and law enforcement agencies to implement a behavioral health intervention program. Presentations on this program have been made at the State and National level.

ELLIS AMDUR
Ellis Amdur balances two careers, that as a crisis intervention specialist, through his company, Edgework and as a 50+ year practitioner of traditional Japanese martial arts. His writing meets right in the middle. Through his company, Edgework Books, he has self-published ten books on the verbal de-escalation of aggression and calming of agitated mentally ill people, one each for those in the social services personnel, for hospitals, for families, for police officers, for firefighters and EMTs, for parole/probation officers, for 911 call-takers, for security guards, correctional officers in a jail setting and for worksite safety (HR, threat assessment professionals, etc), some co-written. In addition, he has published Shapeshifting: Effective Scenario Training for Hostage Negotiation Teams, co-written with Fmr. Sgt. Lis Eddy. He has also released a video and instructional book on verbal de-escalation for the armed citizen, through the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA).
Amdur has also published Body and Soul: Toward a Radical Intersubjectivity in Psychotherapy, a combination of a lyrical description of how phenomenology and dialogal philosophy can be applied to psychotherapy, followed by two heart-wrenching accounts showing how these abstract principles are embodied in the real world.
He has written and published three books on martial arts, the iconoclastic Dueling with Osensei: Old School, a work on classical martial traditions and most recently, Hidden in Plain Sight, on esoteric knowledge within various Japanese martial traditions. All three of these books, in revised, expanded editions have been – or will soon be – released by by Freelance Academy Press.
Along with authors Neal Stephenson, Charles Mann & Mark Teppo and artists Robert Sammelin and Dean Kotz, Ellis has released the Jet City Comics graphic novel, the Cimmaronin.
His first novel, The Girl with the Face of the Moon is published on Amazon KDP, with an illustrated print version pending. He is currently working on his second novel.
His books are considered unique in that he uses his own experiences, often hair-raising or outrageous, as illustrations of the principles about which he writes, but it is also backed by solid research, and boots-on-the-ground experience.

SGT. MICHAEL BLAKE
Sergeant Michael Blake earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Justice from Central Washington University in 1993. While in College, she volunteered for the local Crisis Line and completed an internship with the Attorney General’s Office. That internship included compiling statistics for the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting and she was introduced to the Homicide information and Tracking System (HITS Program) in which crime statistics are coupled with GPS in order to solve Crime in Washington State. Since 1994, she has been employed off and on in Corrections with the Yakima County Department of Corrections in Washington State.
In 2002, she promoted to Corporal and in 2003, began working as one of the Training Coordinators for the Department. During her tenure as Training Coordinator, she wrote the first training model for corrections officers based on the Reno Model for training Law Enforcement officers. She also co-authored promotional training models for Corporals and Sergeants with her partners in training. All three of these training models were accepted and approved by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Academy as qualified curriculum for certification processes.
Michael was fortunate to travel to Longmont Colorado to participate in the National Institute of Corrections Training program for Training Coordinators. She also became a Certified Field Training Officer in the Reno Model. In her spare time she began bringing the training records into compliance with the American Correctional Association’s standards for records retention and destruction.
While working with the Department of Corrections, Michael was invited to be an Adjunct Professor at Yakima Valley Community College, teaching an Inmate Populations Course, for which she developed the curriculum, guidelines, and tests.
Michael helped implement the first Peer Support Team for the Yakima County Department of Corrections. She was one of the founding Peer Support members and has assisted staff after numerous crisis events. During this time she was asked to teach the Corrections portion of the Crisis Intervention Training course being offered to Law Enforcement by Comprehensive Mental Health.
In 2007, Michael promoted to Shift Sergeant, running a team of thirty plus officers where she remained for two years, helping to guide her shift through several crisis events, including the death of an officer.
In 2009, Michael transferred to the position of Population Liaison Sergeant. This position included the supervision of the Classification Division in the jail as well as helping to manage the population of State Contract Inmates in the facility. Michael was requested to help develop a pre-release program for Yakima County. She, with a team of professionals, developed and implemented the Release Analysis Division. This division provided recommendations to the court regarding the risk and release factors of inmates. As that position was closed, Michael went back to being a Shift Sergeant, adamant that it is the best job in Corrections.

CHRIS DEVILLENEUVE
Chris De Villeneuve is a happily married father of two young children. He holds an MBA in healthcare management, a master’s degree in counseling and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He has worked in the behavioral health field for 25 years. He is a Director with Comprehensive and works as the Site Direc- tor in Sunnyside, Washington. He is a designated mental health professional in the State of Washington and has been a volunteer hostage negotiator for the Yakima Police Department for ten years.
He started work with the Behavioral Health Diversion program during a grant
project in 2006 that teamed local government, community mental health providers, and law enforcement agencies to implement a behavioral health intervention program. Presentations on this program have been made at the State and National level.

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