Interventions and Recovery in Forensic Mental Health (previously CCJ741) - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Essay 1 - Minor Essay (30%) , Essay 2 - Major Essay (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
International 2,813.00

Forensic mental health is an area of specialisation that involves the assessment and treatment of client's who are both mentally disordered and whose behaviour has led to or could possibly lead to offending. Forensic mental health as a field therefore represents the interface between community safety and client centred practice. The two key intervention targets in FMH are mental disorders and problem behaviours. This course will address the first of these targets by providing students with knowledge of general mental health interventions and components of recovery/recovery processes (building upon their learning in. Students will also be provided with skills in the delivery of specific intervention strategies targeting the most common mental health presentations in FMH. Students will also be provided with the opportunity to practice the skill of treatment plan development and role play delivery of specific strategies.

The aim of this unit is to examine and evaluate psychiatric interventions that are useful in a forensic mental health system. This requires that the student develops and applies knowledge concerning the offender, the offences committed and the context in which interventions are delivered. In addition to these skills, we will examine diverse issues surrounding rehabilitation and recovery as they are delivered and experienced in forensic mental health settings, and in the community.

At the completion of this unit students will obtain:

  1. an overview of the role of mental health and offending in the forensic mental health client population
  2. an understanding of the aims and utility of the key treatments in forensic mental health
  3. awareness of key issues in the delivery and use of these treatments with forensic mental health population
  4. skills in evaluating key strategies from the treatments presented during the Session
  5. increased ability to be self-reflective of practice in field of forensic mental health.
  • Essay 1 — Minor Essay (30%)
  • Essay 2 — Major Essay (50%)
  • Quiz — Online Quiz (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:

  • CCJ741 — Interventions and Recovery in Forensic Mental Health
  • NRS8926 — Interventions and Recovery in Forensic Mental Health

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.

1Introduction to Interventions & Recovery in FMH
3Client Pathways
4The Effective Practitioner
5Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
6Motivational Interviewing
7Relapse Prevention and Management
8Behavioural Interventions
9Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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