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FBS9002 - The role of mental health in criminal offending

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Kylie Thomson


Caulfield First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


Designed to provide students with an understanding of the role of mental health in criminal offending this unit provides an overview of the relevant research (drawn from psychological, psychiatric, criminological and sociological studies), key findings and the implications of these findings. Different types of mental disorders (psychotic, mood, personality, substance) associated with offending are considered and explanatory models which incorporate the role of symptoms, cognitions, biological and sociological factors are discussed.


On completion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the evidence for an association between mental disorder and criminal offending;
  2. Outline various possible explanations for the association between mental disorder and criminal offending;
  3. Explain the concepts of 'psychopathy', 'antisocial personality disorder', 'sever personality disorder', and their relevance to offending and rehabilitation;
  4. Explain the evidence based principles for effective rehabilitation of offenders;
  5. Describe the role of addictions including substance abuse and pathological gambling as risk factors for offending; and
  6. Outline methods for assessment and treatment of addictions.


Short answer questions workbook 15%
Workshop: oral presentation 10%
Log book with case/practice examples 20%
Essay (2500 wds) 55%

Off Campus Attendance Requirements

One Day workshop