Advanced Assessment & Management in Forensic Mental Health - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Written Report Part 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 - Written Report Part 2 (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
International 2,813.00

This unit considers the most widely accepted approaches, in forensic mental health (FMH), to risk assessment. Unit content primarily focuses upon the prediction of an individual's likelihood of harming others or being harmed by others. Risk and protective factors are examined beyond that of a present based individual level to include an understanding of developmental and environmental factors. The utility and applicability of different risk assessment tools is also considered as a component of an effective functional analysis and more broadly risk management in forensic mental health.

This unit will provide a practical understanding of how risk assessment and management is utilised within forensic mental health.  This will include a foundation of the key principles for evaluating risk assessment tools, management processes and professional writing in forensic mental health.  This unit will then build upon this foundation to provide students with an understanding of how these principles apply in the assessment and management of different offender populations (violent offending, sexual offending, stalking and juvenile).  Students will follow and apply their learning to a number of client case studies across these population groups.  They will follow these clients from interview, assessment through to the development of reports which will communicate recommendations for risk management.

Assessment details will be advised at the beginning of the unit offering.

After successfully completing this unit you should be able to:

1  Understand how to critically evaluate risk assessment tools and management processes.
2  Apply key principles of professional writing to written communication formats found in forensic mental health.
3  Understand how key risk assessment tools and management processes are applied and communicated for key offender populations in forensic mental health.

  • Assignment 1 — Written Report Part 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Written Report Part 2 (50%)
  • Quiz — Online Test (20%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MCCJ7104 — Risk Assessment and Management in Forensic Mental Health
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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Module 1: Foundations of Risk Assessment & Mgt.
2Module 2: Critical Eval. of Tools & Mgt Processes
3Module 3: Professional Writing
4Module 4: Violence
5Module 5: Sexual Offending
6Module 6: Stalking
7Module 7: Juvenile

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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