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Postgraduate | GRF-CCJ715-2023

Minority Populations in Forensic Mental Health

Delve into legal and ethical issues you’ll need to consider when working with people with special needs and minority groups. Appreciate the importance of inclusive practice, modified clinical applications, assessment and interventions with these groups.

Study method

100% online


100% online

Entry requirements

Part of a degree


13 weeks

Start dates

  • 17 July 2023

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About this subject

What you'll learn

After successfully completing this subject you should be able to:

  1. An overview of the considerations which shape effective forensic mental health practices for minority populations in forensic mental health.
  2. An understanding of the importance of inclusive practice;
  3. A knowledge of the prevalence of special needs of minority groups 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 review the research literature, discuss whether there is an argument for implementing specific strategies to mitigate the impact and/or disadvantage that might be experienced
    • Module 1: Special Needs of Minority Populations in Forensic Mental Health
    • Module 2: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People - FMH
    • Module 3: People with Cultural and Language Differences - FMH
    • Module 4: Women - FMH
    • Module 5: People with an Intellectual Disability - FMH
    • Module 6: Adolescents - FMH
    • Module 7: Elderly - FMH
  • 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 subject 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 subject offering.

    • Online Discussion (20%)
    • Case Study (40%)
    • Case Study 2 (40%)
  • For textbook details check your university's handbook, website or learning management system (LMS).

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Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • GRF-FMH-MAS-2023 - Master of Forensic Mental Health


  • GRF-MCJ-MAS-2023 - Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • GRF-MCJ-GCE-2023 - Graduate Certificate in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Equivalent subjects

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

  • GRF-MCCJ7105 (Not currently available)

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees