Assessment and Treatment of Offending Behaviour in Forensic Settings - PSYC8250

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Canterbury
Spring Term 7 20 (10) Theresa Gannon checkmark-circle

Overview

In this module you are introduced to the role of forensic psychology within secure establishments, exploring both general and specific issues related to working with dangerous mentally disordered and non-disordered offenders. You evaluate the importance of assessment in understanding the function of offending, identifying treatment targets and measuring change, and explore the difficulties associated with such assessments. Treatment models and their application to a variety of offences are discussed, including in special hospital and criminal justice settings. Gender differences are raised with particular attention to mental health problems in women who offend. Forensic cases are used to demonstrate the complexities associated with assessing and treating this population.

Details

Contact hours

Weekly three-hour lecture-workshops

Availability

This module is only available to students registered for the MSc in Forensic Psychology.
Not available wild / optional

Method of assessment

100% Coursework. Formed of a reflective piece (30%) and an assessment report (70%)

Indicative reading

The module reading list can be found online at http://resourcelists.kent.ac.uk/index.html

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1. Demonstrate a systemic understanding of the contribution of both theoretical and applied psychology to judicial systems.
8.2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the application of psychology in relation to the assessment and treatment of offenders.
8.3. Demonstrate a clear appreciation of forensic psychological practice, particularly in relation to the assessment and treatment of offenders, ethical issues, and the production of testimony.
8.4. Possess a conceptual understanding of the role of Forensic Psychologists in the assessment and treatment of offenders.
8.5. Possess a detailed understanding of issues related to the assessment, management and treatment of mentally disordered offenders.
8.6. Possess a detailed understanding of issues related to the assessment, management and treatment of non-mentally disordered offenders.
8.7. Possess a systemic understanding of relevant professional issues involved in working with both mentally disordered and non-disordered dangerous offenders.
8.8. Demonstrate self-direction and originality through an ability to describe and critically evaluate the literature in assessment and treatment of offenders.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1. Build professional skills and develop the ability to review, and present appropriate scientific material, in a professional manner
9.2. Critically appraise and undertake professional writing which will develop an excellent level of generic skills transferable to forensic practice and other professional settings
9.3. Comprehensively demonstrate expertise in scientific writing by selecting, organising, analysing, evaluating and synthesising complex material in psychology
9.4. Describe and critically evaluate the literature in assessment and treatment of offenders

Notes

  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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