Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. describe and evaluate current approaches to offender risk management
  2. explain the principles of effective offender rehabilitation
  3. describe evidence-based interventions for adolescent and adult offenders
  4. identify the strengths and limitations of individual-level interventions with adolescent and adult offenders
  5. utilise electronic literature databases to locate research reports on specific topics
  6. evaluate empirical studies on the effectiveness of psychological interventions with adolescent and adult offenders.
    • Introduction and unit overview
    • Principles of offender assessment and treatment
    • Serious and violent youth offenders
    • Multisystemic treatment for serious youth offenders
    • Vocational and educational training
    • Treatment with adult violent offenders
    • Cognitive skills training
    • Treatment for substance dependent offenders
    • Adult violent offenders
    • Treatment with adult violent offenders
    • Adult sexual offenders
    • Assessment and treatment with adult sexual offenders
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
    • Online materials

      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links


This is not an introductory subject. You should complete a number of other first and/or second year subjects. Students who have completed more than 2 OUA units (GPA 4.0+) and are planning on completing the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice are strongly encouraged to enrol in the course. Part of this process will involve registering your study plan with Griffith University, which will help to ensure that you are studying the required units.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject examines strategies for changing criminal behaviour available within the correctional system, drawing particularly on psychological principles and research. The implications of the various theories of crime causation for correctional programming are considered. A review of specific rehabilitation programs, in institution and community settings, is presented. A critical assessment of the rehabilitation ideal, in terms of ethical, theoretical and practical concerns, is undertaken.

  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (50%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

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