Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will have developed:

  1. an understanding of the ethical basis of professional practice in forensic mental health
  2. an awareness of the ethical issues and debates within forensic mental health
  3. knowledge of major theories and approaches to ethical dilemmas
  4. improved ability in applying theoretical concepts to professional practice in forensic mental health
  5. improved skills in decision making and ethical judgment
  6. improved skills in research, written communication and critical analysis.
    • Introduction
    • Aristotle and virtue ethics
    • Kantian ethics
    • Utilitarian ethics
    • Capacity and consent
    • Confidentiality
    • Boundary violations
    • Roles and Ethics
    • Personal reactions to forensic mental health clients
    • Ethical decision making
    • Ethics of mental health care systems and recovery
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
    • Online materials

      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials

Equivalent subjects

You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • GRF-MCCJ7102

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject examines relevant professional codes of ethics and considers the implications of these specifically for the delivery of forensic mental health services. Formal and informal systems of accountability operating within Queensland's forensic mental health services, including reporting requirements, documentation and professional and administrative supervision, are considered. Case examples are used to highlight problems with professional misconduct in correctional and mental health settings.

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

  • Foundations of Ethical Reason (30%)
  • Scenario Analysis (50%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)