Jessica Flermoen, Licensed Psychologist, Centennial Correctional Facility
Jessica is a licensed psychologist and has worked for the state for nearly 4 years at the Centennial Correctional Facility. She offers individual and group therapy to the male offender population that suffer from severe mental illness or character pathology.
“I’ve wanted to be a psychologist since I was really young and I chose to work in corrections primarily to give voice to the people who don’t have one,” Jessica said.
Jessica’s job involved helping offenders manage their mental health symptoms. It’s not always easy work, but helping people get better is the most rewarding part of the job.
Recently, she worked with an offender suffering from severe PTSD and with suicidal tendencies. She treated him in both group and individual therapy sessions for about 2 years.
“This person basically resigned himself to die in prison and now they’re out in a community based program and they are really successful and are doing really well so far,” Jessica said. “Being able to see progress and change within an individual makes me feel like the work I do has value.”
As a public servant, Jessica goes above and beyond what her job description calls for. She works long hours, manages an intense caseload and does extra research into programs that deal with self-injury and can help offenders. She puts extra care in making sure her clients transition from incarceration into the community by helping them ensure that care is appropriate and maintained during that transition.