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Probation Officers - who are sometimes referred to as community supervision officers, supervise people who have been placed on probation instead of sent to prison. They work to ensure that the probationer is not a danger to the community and to help in their rehabilitation through frequent visits with the probationer. Probation Officers write reports that detail each probationer’s treatment plan and their progress since being put on probation. Most work exclusively with either adults or juveniles.
To become a Probation Officer you will need these important qualities. . .
* Communication skills. Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists must be able to effectively interact with probationers, probationers’ family members, lawyers, judges, treatment providers, and law enforcement.
* Critical-thinking skills. Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists must be able to assess the needs of individual probationers before determining the best resources for helping them.
* Decision-making skills. Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists must consider the best rehabilitation plan for offenders.
* Emotional stability. Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists cope with hostile individuals or otherwise upsetting circumstances on the job.
* Organizational skills. Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists manage multiple cases at the same time.
Other strong skills you will need include: problem-solving, planning and relationship building.
As for education, you'll need a bachelor’s degree in social work, criminal justice, behavioral sciences, or a related field is usually required. Requirements vary by jurisdiction.
When it comes to training, most probation officers and correctional treatment specialists must complete a training program sponsored by their state government or the federal government, after which they may have to pass a certification test. In addition, they may be required to work as trainees for up to 1 year before being offered a permanent position.
Best of luck to you on your journey.
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