CCA has recognized the value that the Critical Incident Stress Management team brings to our employees. In her new role, Martin will be able to provide a greater level assistance to employees who need it most.
Nashville, TN (Vocus) February 17, 2010
CCA recently named Angel Martin senior manager, Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). In her new position, Martin heads CCA’s CISM team, a volunteer group of employees from across the company who assist colleagues exposed to trauma. Martin previously headed the CISM team while serving as assistant warden at CCA’s Winn Correctional Center and has now assumed full-time responsibility for developing the team, deciding when to deploy it, and providing resources to employees.
“CCA has recognized the value that the Critical Incident Stress Management team brings to our employees,” said Jimmy Turner, CCA vice president, Operations (Business Unit II), who founded CCA’s CISM team 10 years ago. “In her new role, Martin will be able to provide a greater level assistance to employees who need it most.”
Martin joined CCA in 1990 as the first mental health coordinator at Winn Correctional Center, where she was promoted to programs manager and also managed the American Correctional Association accreditation program at the facility. She was promoted to assistant warden at CCA’s Bay Correctional Facility, before briefly leaving the company and later rejoining CCA's Winn facility.
“I’m so excited and proud that our company is taking another step toward putting our employees and their needs first by recognizing there are times when everyone needs help or assistance,” Martin said.
Martin joined CCA’s CISM team in 2002 after attending training from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. She holds a master’s degree and a graduate certificate in social work. Martin’s expertise enables her to educate employees about the trauma they have experienced and connect them to local resources. She also works with employees and family members who are indirectly impacted by a traumatic situation.
“Last year CCA’s CISM team was deployed more than ever,” said Brian Collins, CCA executive vice president, Human Resources. “With the state of the economy, we feel that stress and pressure bring on unusual behaviors. To help each other through these tough times, there’s a need to elevate the team’s role.”
By designating a role dedicated solely to CISM, CCA has become a trailblazer in the corrections industry.
“Although we frequently train corrections professionals, I’m not aware of anyone with a full-time position dedicated to the kind of work Angel does,” said Victor Welzant, director, Education and Training at the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. “These types of positions are clearly needed. I respect Martin and CCA for their commitment to staff welfare.”
CCA is the nation’s largest provider of partnership corrections to federal, state and local government, operating 65 facilities, including 44 company-owned facilities, with approximately 87,000 beds, in 19 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to providing the residential services for inmates, CCA facilities offer rehabilitation and educational programs, including education, vocation, religious services, life skills and employment training and substance abuse treatment. For more, visit http://www.correctionscorp.com and http://www.ccacommunities.com.
Louise Grant, spokesperson
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