Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health - 2016

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Course summary

Course summary - 2016

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Certificate
Number of units: 4 units to complete
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This degree has been designed in collaboration with Queensland Health's School of Mental Health to provide postgraduate professional training for current or future forensic mental health practitioners, including nurses, psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists. It also provides an extension to undergraduate degrees in nursing, applied science, criminology and criminal justice, and applied psychology.

As a graduate, you will be a qualified and professionally recognised forensic mental health specialist, and be able to practise the profession at an advanced level.

Knowledge

Graduates of this Graduate Certificate will have broad knowledge of forensic mental health and its overlap with the criminal justice system and mental health services.

Skills
Graduates of this Graduate Certificate will have:

  • cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise a professional understanding of forensic mental health.
  • cognitive skills to think critically about and to evaluate contemporary concepts of forensic mental health.
  • technical skills in the risk assessment and management of forensic mental health clients.
  • communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of foundational forensic mental health theory
  • communication skills to transfer professional understanding and ideas about evidence-based policy to stakeholders in the forensic mental health field.

Application of Knowledge and Skills
Graduates of this Graduate Certificate will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • to make high level, independent judgements in the conceptualisation, functional analyses and management planning for case examples of forensic mental health clients.
  • to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate risk assessment policies using case examples of forensic mental health clients.
  • possess responsibility and accountability for executing all aspects of assessment tasks and substantively contribute to in class discussions within in-class or online learning environments.

Admission Requirements

From 2015, all applicants to the Graduate Certificate must have either:

  • a recognised undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution

OR fulfil the following alternative admission criteria:

  • in selected circumstances, applicants without a recognised undergraduate degree may apply for entry based on their work experience in a forensic mental health related field. In these circumstances, the applicant must supply evidence of relevant professional registration or vocational experience in a forensic mental health related field. Such applicants, who will normally have worked relevant positions for a minimum of five years, will be required to provide references from their employers supporting their application for admission and attesting to their ability to complete the program. In these cases, the Program Convenor will make the final decision and must be satisfied as to the applicant's ability to complete such a course of study.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to these programs are as follows:

  • A minimum overall band score of 7.0 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.5
  • OR a minimum score of 580 on TOEFL
  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 92 (no score less than 22)
  • OR no score less than 4 in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by GELI or ISLPR Language Services only)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • OR a minimum score of 68 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic).

English test results must be no more than two years old.

Students who successfully complete the following program will progress directly to their Griffith degree program:

Griffith Academic English Direct Entry Program

Students can complete their four core units in any order.

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health students must complete four units.

The maximum period for completing this program is 2 years.

Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Risk Assessment and Management in Mental Health
CCJ749 Griffith - Sess 2 -
Ethics and Accountability in FMH
CCJ712 Griffith - Sess 2 -
Complete 2 units from the following 5 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Crime Analysis and Investigation
CCJ724 Griffith Sess 1 - -
Crime Mapping
CCJ732 Griffith - Sess 2 -
Intelligence Led Policing
CCJ733 Griffith - Sess 2 -
Making Sense of Criminal Justice
CCJ702 Griffith Sess 1 - -
Mental Disorder and Crime
CCJ713 Griffith Sess 1 - -

Griffith University may award credit for prior learning. Students can apply to gain credit for prior learning at the postgraduate level by lodging a credit transfer application form. For further information and a copy of the form, please contact Griffith University.

When you have completed your final session of study, OUA students should notify Griffith University of their intention to graduate with the award of Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health. Please contact Griffith (OUA) Services on
oua-services@griffith.edu.au

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia

Students who have been accepted into the Master of Forensic Mental Health or the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health prior to 2015 will need to ensure all required units have been successfully completed by the end of Session 1, 2016.

Forensic Mental Healths students enrolled in the course prior to 2015 who have NOT completed the units listed under the 'Pre-2015 Units' list below, are now required to complete equivalent units. These units are listed below under the '2015 onwards Equivalent Units'.

Pre-2015 course

2015 onwards equivalent course

CCJ714

Advanced assessment and management in FMH

CCJ714

Advanced assessment and management in FMH

CCJ713

Mental Disorder and Crime

CCJ713

Mental Disorder and Crime (Grad Cert course)

CCJ741

Interventions and Recovery in FMH (formerly 8926NRS)

CCJ750

Interventions and Recovery in FMH (Masters course)

CCJ711

FMH Legislation and Policies

CCJ711

FMH Legislation and Policies (Masters course)

CCJ715

Special Needs in FMH

CCJ715

Minority populations in FMH (Masters course)

CCJ712

Ethics and Accountability in FMH

CCJ712

Ethics and Accountability in FMH (Grad Cert course)

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