Dynamics of Working with Offenders


Number of Lessons: 24Course Duration: 56 DaysCredits: 3Price: $40


This course will examine common characteristics of offenders, the specialized approaches to ministering within a correctional facility, and the Biblical corollaries for transformation as they pertain to offenders. Special attention will be given to the psycho-sociological factors that contribute to criminality, as well as to ways institutional conditions damage family structures, add to the pains of incarceration, and impair successful reentry. Students will examine possible solutions for overcoming these deficits and helping inmates prepare for returning to their communities.


ProfessorKaren Swanson
  • Northern Illinois University, EdD
  • Western Michigan University, MA
  • Calvin College, BS
  • Cornerstone University, BA


  • Describe inmate profiles and explain both their usefulness and limitations
  • Assess the variables within the psychological make-up and sociological backgrounds of offenders and how the Gospel can best be used to intervene in these behavioral patterns.
  • Identify the “pains of imprisonment” that exacerbate healing and behavioral change.
  • Develop biblically based strategies that can positively impact offenders.
  • Describe the unique characteristics of a variety of offenders and propose compassionate ministry approaches.
  • Identify the various attitudes and behaviors exhibited by inmates that comprise the unique correctional culture.
  • Research an approved topic in special populations or criminology.