|Faculty/School:||Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences|
|Credit Value:||10 credit points|
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|Study Abroad availability:||Not currently available to Study Abroad students|
|Subject Outline:||January 2013 [ Standard ]|
This subject addresses forensic psychology in a criminal law arena, including psychological and sociological theories of crime and antisocial behaviour (including developmental perspectives), and empirical research and theories relating to the management of adult and child offenders with mental disorders. There is an emphasis on skills-training in evidence-based clinical assessment and psychological interventions with adults and children accused of and/or convicted of criminal offences suffering from psychological disorders (including those in the community or detained in forensic mental health facilities). Anxiety disorders, sexual disorders and sexual dysfunctions, mood disorders, self harm and suicide, personality disorder (including psychopathy), schizophrenia, intellectual impairment, impulse control and sleep disorders, substance related disorders (including harm-minimisation and court-diversion), eating disorders, dissociative disorders and adjustment disorders are covered. The subject includes a critical examination of the major diagnostic systems and diagnostic criteria. In addition, crime prevention strategies targeting at-risk youth are examined.
At the end of this subject students will (1) demonstrate knowledge of psychological theories and models, the empirical findings supporting these theories and the methods employed to establish them, the major methods of psychological investigation and techniques of measurement and their application and interpretation, and design and implement a psychological intervention, (2) demonstrate knowledge and behaviour consistent with the ethical, legal and professional requirements of psychological practice, (3) demonstrate skills and knowledge of systematic psychological assessment, (4) demonstrate skills and knowledge regarding intervention strategies, (5) demonstrate the application of research knowledge and skills to psychological practice, and (6) demonstrate excellent written communication skills.