Abstract 29:35-63

Kiliszek, Ewa (2016) Personal and social resources of the probation officers 
based on the sample participants of the post-master degree for probation officers at the Institute of Social Prevention and Rehabilitation, University of Warsaw. „Profilaktyka Społeczna i Resocjalizacja” 29: 35-63.

 
Abstract:
In their work probation officers need to engage in an array of tasks in dealings with their clients and institutional stakeholders. They work in the field with their clients, in the courtroom, to exchange information with judges on pending and planned actions against their clients, and interact with external stakeholders - institutions and organizations which foster assistance and social rehabilitation. The variety of tasks and the need to coordinate them, tough decisions which induce changes in human lives and affect the clients and their families, difficulties and resistance to change, with the ensuing drop of effectiveness, insecurity driven by task specificity, the need to combine the outside involvement with persona goals - all these are major challenges for this professional group. Thus, probation officers need to possess the proper ‘inner equipment’ understood as a high sense of coherence (comprehensibility, manageability, and meaningfulness), the ability to define professional and personal goals and the sense of purpose in life, not to mention the ability to cope in difficult situations. The paper presents and describes the findings from the study of the aforementioned variables among professional probation officers.
 
Keywords:
probation officer, sense of coherence, comprehensibility, manageability, meaningfulness, the sense of purpose in life, the ability to cope in difficult situations