Fundamentals of Correctional Practices

Certificate of Achievement | Code: 1420

Please note:

At this time, applications are not being accepted for this program.

About the program

This program focuses on the laws relating to corrections, inmates and young offenders. This professional development program is for a range of learners, including those working in fields such as private security, who would like to expand into the provincial or federal corrections system. It is also beneficial to those working in the correctional system without any formal training who are seeking to expand their roles. This program may also appeal to individuals who would like to work or volunteer in a corrections program, women's shelter, or youth facility. Students will develop an awareness and an appreciation of issues specific to working with unique client groups in the community and justice services. A historical overview of the corrections system combined with research in current issues and emerging trends will enable students to understand essential duties and challenges of correctional practices. Correctional strategies such as probation, parole, electronic monitoring and boot camps and their perceived levels of effectiveness will be discussed.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 3 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) OR, 19 years of age or older with mature student status.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form; Attach proof of admission requirements; Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Graduate opportunities

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Program outcomes

  • Analyze appropriate strategies that de-escalate anxiety and stress of clients in correctional settings.
  • Summarize the evolution of the Canadian criminal justice system and its impact on the corrections system.
  • Distinguish among the principles, roles, models and duties of the judicial system.
  • Compare the theory and practices of criminal behaviour and its effects on society.
  • Assess correctional practices that provide safe and secure environments for clients, staff and the public.

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Program contact

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Upcoming Registrations

Mark your calendar for our upcoming registration dates, so you can plan your future.

Spring Registration: Opens February 1, 2021
Fall Registration: Opens July 5, 2021