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Challenges of a Mental Health Professional Working with Incarcerated or Paroled Individuals

  • 10 Jul 2024
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Balancing the Roles of Care, Custody, and Control: The Challenges of a Mental Health Professional Working with Incarcerated or Paroled Individuals

Via Zoom

Wednesday, July 10th, 1PM - 2PM

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Working within the correctional setting or with parolees can provide additional challenges to the mental health professional. Care is our primary focus, but additionally the responsibilities of custody and control become important aspects of our work (Houser et al., 2019). Within the correctional setting as well as working in the outpatient setting with parolees, mental health professionals now need to incorporate considerations of legal restrictions placed on the individual to support their mental health treatment (Houser et al., 2019; Lurigio, 2001; Matejkowski & Ostermann, 2015; Ostermann & Matejkowski, 2014). Understanding and being able to apply custody and control to our work with the clients in these settings is important and doing so without sacrificing the necessary therapeutic alliance essential (Gayman et al., 2018, Owens et al., 2011, Stringer, 2019).  This webinar will provide an overview of the three main responsibilities of mental health professionals working with inmates or paroles: Care, Custody, and Control, while proving practical suggestions on how to incorporate these into our practice all while supporting the recovery of mental health. 
Learning Objectives
1: Evaluate the role of the mental health counselor when working within the correctional setting or with parole clients.
2: Assess the importance of the various roles of the mental health counselor when working with correctional or parole clients regarding care, custody, and control.
3: Describe the alignment of the various responsibilities of care, custody, and control and how to manage these while supporting a therapeutic alliance in mental health treatment.
4: Recognize and appraise own perceptions of the responsibilities of care, custody, and control within mental health services and forensic evaluation in the correctional setting or with parole clients to increase self-evaluation and reduce biases.


 Tricia M. Mikolon, PhD, CRC, LPC(PA), BC-TMH

Tricia M. Mikolon, PhD, CRC, LPC, BC-TMH earned her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University, her master’s degree is in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Scranton, and her Bachelor of Science degree is in Psychology from Elizabethtown College. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and holds an LPC in Pennsylvania as well as board certification in telemental health (BC-TMH). Dr. Mikolon worked for over 10 years with probation/parole cases, served as a court-appointed evaluator, and retired from a 20-year career in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections as a psychological services specialist. Her interests include correctional fatigue, the impact of self-definition and coping skills on holistic recovery, and the use of art therapy techniques in counseling. She is employed in the Counseling Department at the University of the Cumberlands as an assistant professor and has been on numerous dissertation committees. She has authored works on rehabilitation counseling and corrections fatigue, as well as online counseling and supervision, online teaching, and the dissertation process. Dr. Mikolon has presented on the topics of corrections fatigue, motivational interviewing, multiculturalism and social justice in the online classroom, the importance of self-care in counseling, and co-occurring disorders.


$10 for NBFE members (i.e., CFMHEs and CFMHE applicants/candidates) and, for members of  our partnering organizations please see Professional Partners for current listing)
$20 for Non-members

Continuing Education Information

ACEP No. 6189

Florida CE Broker Tracking No. 20-1221738

CE Broker Provider No. 50-15823



The National Board of Forensic Evaluators (NBFE) has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6189.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  NBFE is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBFE is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  NBFE maintains responsibility for this program and its content. NBFE is recognized and endorsed by the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

This workshop has been approved for 1 general hour with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counseling and the Florida Board of Psychology, CE Broker Tracking # 20-1221738 (CE Broker Provider #50-15823).   

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