Risk Assessment and Management in Mental Health - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Essay 1 - Formulation Essay (30%) , Essay 2 - Major Essay (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
International 2,813.00

The 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 other 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.

After successfully completing this unit you should be able to:

1  An overview of the considerations which shape risk assessment and management practices in forensic mental health;
2  An understanding of the aims and utility of risk assessment and management;
3  A knowledge of the main risk assessment approaches and an understanding of their application in forensic mental health of the most effective approaches;
4  A knowledge of risk management strategies and applications in forensic mental health;
5  Skills in evaluating which assessment tools and methods are appropriate for different situations;
6  Skills in implementing risk management strategies using assessment information to inform decision making.

  • Essay 1 — Formulation Essay (30%)
  • Essay 2 — Major Essay (50%)
  • Quiz — Online Test (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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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 - Introduction to Risk Assessment
2Module 2 - Approaches to Risk Assessment
3Module 3 - Utility and Application
4Module 4 - Formulation
5Module 5 - Introduction to Risk Management
6Module 6 - Risk Management and Violence
7Module 7 - Other problem behaviour populations

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement 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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