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Graduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology
For justice and health professionals interested in psychology
See how psychology interacts with the legal and criminal justice system. Explore the connections between crime and mental health. Deepen your understanding of victims and offenders. Apply your knowledge of human behaviour to real world settings.
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At the completion of this degree students will be able to:
- apply psychological theory and knowledge to evidence-informed practice in forensic settings
- generate effective approaches through critical analysis, reflective practice and professional reasoning
- critically appraise and evaluate information to inform best practice
- effectively communicate relevant knowledge to a range of professionals
- summarise core topics in forensic psychology and how they apply within real world settings
- demonstrate ability for self directed learning and reflective practice
- illustrate the limitations of and challenges to the application of psychology within forensic settings
- apply psychological knowledge to specific problems and challenges within relevant forensic psychological settings.
Applicants generally require a Bachelor Degree or equivalent credit gained for recognised learning. Any specific course entry and completion requirements must also be met.
Work and Life
Applicants without an undergraduate degree will be considered on the basis of at least four years relevant work experience.
English Proficiency Requirements
Applicants for a Graduate Certificate are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au.
Applications for credit towards a course are assessed on an individual basis. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to complete the course and may be granted for formal education qualifications, non-formal learning from non-award programs of study and informal learning through work experiences. Further information can be found at https://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au/credit-transfer/
This programme is designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of service professionals interested in the area of psychology and includes people working within policing, governmental departments of justice and child protection, legal practitioners, community services professionals (e.g., social workers), and health professionals (e.g., clinical psychologists, nurses) working within these contexts.
To obtain the award for the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology, students must complete a total of 4 subjects (100 credits) as follows:
- PSB530 Crime and Mental Health (25 credits)
- PSB540 Psychology and Policing (25 credits)
- PSB550 Psychological Contributions to Understanding Crime (25 credits)
- PSB560 Understanding Victims and Offenders (25 credits)