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Introduction to Forensic Disability (CRIM90012)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCRIM90012
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

An examination of psychological assessment and intervention strategies as applied to the special population of offenders with an intellectual disability. Included are considerations of:

  • the postulated link between intellectual ability and offending behaviour (including historical, socio-cultural, biological, psychological and methodological issues);
  • major skills and methods for the assessment of offenders with an intellectual disability;
  • descriptions of, and justifications for, intervention and management programs for this particular group of offenders;
  • issues arising from the characteristics of special needs groups in this population, for example, sex offenders, offenders with dual disability (mental illness as well as intellectual disability);
  • selected legal issues which may involve the clinician dealing with offenders with an intellectual disability; and
  • Philosophical and ethical considerations in this area.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • Explain and analyse the postulated link between intellectual disability and offending behaviour in the context of historical, socio-cultural, biological, psychological, methodological and profession issues
  • Provide an awareness of specific legal issues facing offenders with an intellectual disability at each stage of their progression through the criminal justice system
  • Describe the principles of clinical assessment for this group and outline some specific techniques of assessment
  • Explain the principles of clinical interventions and methods of evaluating such interventions
  • Provide an appreciation of the legal, philosophical and policy contexts in which much clinical decision-making takes place

Generic skills

Students who successfully complete this subject should have:

  • Achieve a capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning;
  • Achieve an ability to incorporate theoretical principles and concepts into professional practice;

Last updated: 3 April 2019