Minority Populations in Forensic Mental Health - 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 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Case Study (40%) , Case Study 2 (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
International 2,813.00

It is conservatively estimated that 70% of forensic mental health (FMH) clients in Australia are males of functioning intelligence who have English as their preferred language and who align themselves with the dominant Australian culture. As they comprise such a large proportion of the FMH client group, the majority of resources and interventions are targeted towards them. This then means that there are a number of minority populations within FMH, who without our intentional investment and understanding would not receive effective assessment, intervention and management. This unit examines the special needs of these minority FMH groups, namely the specific needs of the elderly, adolescents, women, people with an intellectual disability, people of a different culture or language, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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

At the completion of this unit students will have:

  1. an overview of the considerations which shape forensic mental health practices for people with special needs
  2. an understanding of the importance of inclusive practice
  3. a knowledge of the prevalence of special needs within forensic mental health
  4. a knowledge of the clinical applications of assessment and interventions to people with special needs
  5. a knowledge of the legal and ethical issues to consider when working with people with special needs
  6. skills in identifying the critical issues in cases and how they specifically impact and/or disadvantage individuals from different special needs groups
  7. skills in analytically assessing information to inform intervention decision making
  8. analytically reviewed the research literature, discuss whether there is an argument for implementing specific strategies to mitigate the impact and/or disadvantage that might be experienced.
  • Case Study (40%)
  • Case Study 2 (40%)
  • Online Discussion (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:

  • MCCJ7105 — Special Needs 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.

1Module 1: Special Needs of Minority Populations in Forensic Mental Health
2Module 2: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People - FMH
3Module 3: People with Cultural and Language Differences - FMH
4Module 4: Women - FMH
5Module 5: People with an Intellectual Disability - FMH
6Module 6: Adolescents - FMH
7Module 7: Elderly - FMH

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

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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