What Do CSC Employees Do?
Working for CSC often means working with offenders. As part of the CSC team, your job is to provide a safe, secure and positive environment for offenders. This is an essential element in helping offenders to reintegrate into society.
Here is an overview of the career opportunities CSC offers:
- Correctional Officer
- Primary Worker
- Parole Officer
- Correctional Program Officer
- Social Program Officer
- Aboriginal Liaison Officer
- Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer
- Aboriginal Community Development Officer
- Aboriginal Correctional Program Facilitator
- Psychologist and Assistant Psychologist
- Social Worker
Correctional Officers maintain the safety and security of federal penitentiaries. They monitor, supervise and interact with offenders. They regularly watch for signs that the safety of others or security of the institution might be at risk. When necessary, they take appropriate security measures.
Primary Workers are the main, daily contact for women offenders. Primary Workers are key members of the correctional team. They work with colleagues such as Psychologists, Behavioural Counsellors, Parole Officers, and others. Together, they develop each woman offender's correctional plan. They encourage the women to participate in reintegration programs.
Parole Officers work either within a correctional facility or in the community. They supervise and manage multiple offenders. This is referred to as a "caseload". They use policies and their professional judgement to provide written reports and recommendations to CSC and the Parole Board of Canada about offenders under their supervision.
Correctional Program Officer
Correctional Program Officers are essential to an offender's rehabilitation efforts. Every day, they deliver important correctional programs to offenders (e.g. substance abuse and violence prevention programs). They motivate and encourage offenders along the path to successful reintegration.
Social Program Officer
In institutions every day, Social Program Officers plan, organize, and deliver social programs. These programs assist offenders with their rehabilitation and reintegration into the community. Programs can range from Community Integration Programs to Parental Skills Programs. They are designed to meet the social, cultural, and personal development needs of inmates.
Aboriginal Liaison Officer
Aboriginal Liaison Officers provide leadership, cultural awareness, counselling and other services to Aboriginal offenders. They are a link between the offender and the Aboriginal community.
Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer
Aboriginal Community Liaison Officers are based in the community, not in CSC institutions. They monitor, support and motivate Aboriginal offenders. They work both with individual offenders and with groups.
Aboriginal Community Development Officer
Aboriginal Community Development Officers work with Aboriginal offenders who are interested in returning to their communities.
Aboriginal Correctional Program Facilitator
Aboriginal Correctional Program Facilitators deliver culturally appropriate Aboriginal correctional programs to offenders. They work in partnership with Elders, and collaborate with parole officers. Programs are designed to address, in a culturally sensitive way, behaviours that increase an offender's risk to re-offend.
Kimisinaw (Aboriginal Primary Worker)
Kimisinaws (Cree term for Older Sister) work on the front lines of the correctional system. They are the primary, daily contact for women offenders at a Healing Lodge. They work at CSC's Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge for Aboriginal women offenders on the Nekaneet First Nation near Maple Creek, Saskatchewan.
Nurses are the cornerstone of the Correctional Service of Canada's (CSC) Health Services operations. They are the primary health care providers for federal offenders. Nation-wide, we employ more than 700 nurses. They work in clinics located in our institutions.
Psychologist and Assistant Psychologist
In the past decade, the number of offenders exhibiting signs of mental health and behavioural issues has increased significantly. The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is working to address this issue. We are now the largest federal employer of psychologists in Canada. Our team of over 300 psychologists are world-renowned for their work in developing risk assessment tools and contributing to corrections research.
Pharmacists are another key part of the Correctional Service of Canada's (CSC) Health Services team. They are responsible for providing essential pharmacy services for offenders. They assist in the operation of our Regional Pharmacies.
Social workers are another important piece of the Correctional Service of Canada's (CSC) Health Services team. They provide expert advice and recommendations to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive clinical release plan for offenders.
A key factor in the successful reintegration of an offender into the community is getting a job upon their release. Many offenders choose to learn one of the many trades that are taught at Correctional Service of Canada institutions.
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