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Forensic Psychiatry (PSYT90016)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 6.25Online and On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePSYT90016
May - Online
May - On Campus
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This selective introduces the fascinating interaction between mental health and the criminal justice system. The objective will be to familiarise students with those aspects of forensic mental health which will be of general applicability in psychiatric practice, as the interaction between mental illness and offending is important for everyone working in mental health. The selective will acquaint students with the nature of the relationships between mental disorder and deviant (including criminal) behaviours. It will provide an introduction to current evidence-based approaches to assessing and managing risk of future violence, and will address treatment and in secure hospital and custodial settings. Finally we will look at specific forms of problem behaviour, such as sexual offending, to illustrate the interactions between deviant and potentially damaging behaviours and disorders of the mind.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Describe the interaction between a mental disorder and offending behaviour and the nature of the relationships between mental disorder and disordered behaviour that lead to criminal offending
  • Demonstrate the basic skills needed to assess and manage risk of violence in patients with a mental disorder
  • Demonstrate understanding, and be able to apply, legal aspects of forensic psychiatry (in particular, mental impairment and fitness to be tried)
  • Demonstrate understanding of mental health issues within custodial settings
  • Be able to formulate patients with forensic issues and develop a rehabilitation plan for them

Last updated: 19 June 2019