As a former chief psychologist in a federal jail and prison, Dr. Marcia Baruch has
worked extensively with both inmates and staff to provide substance abuse treatment
and psychotherapy services to the inmate population, to train staff on how to deal
with the inmate population, and to provide consultation to prison administrators
on both staff and inmate related issues. She provided employee assistance training
to staff and provided them with wellness opportunities and educational programming
related to correctional procedures, suicide prevention and communication with inmates.
“Ideally, correctional staff should be taught ways to recognize that inmates may be suicidal. Symptoms may include: isolation, poor hygiene, irrational behavior, tearfulness, giving away property, and a host of other significant behaviors. ”