Subject details

After successfully completing this subject 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.
  • Topics
    • Module 1 - Intro. & Approaches to Risk Assessment
    • Module 2 - Utility and Application
    • Module 3 - Risk Formulation
    • Module 4 - Introduction to Risk Management
    • Module 5 - Risk Management and Violence
    • Module 6 - Other problem behaviour populations
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

The subject considers the most widely accepted approaches, in Forensic Mental Health (FMH), to risk assessment. Subject 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.

  • Assignment 1 - Major Essay (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Formulation Essay (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Online Test (20%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

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