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FBS9003 - Mental health and the correctional system

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Kylie Thomson


Caulfield Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


This unit is designed to assist professionals working within both Correctional Services and Mental Health Services to develop a better understanding of the causes of conflict between the two systems, the issues that underpin such conflict and to develop ways of more effectively working at the interface of these two systems. The unit is also designed to equip professionals with a deeper understanding of the role of mental health clinicians and the clinical challenges associated with working within the correctional system.


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

  1. Discuss various theories relating to the purpose and role of imprisonment;
  2. Identify challenges associated with the assessment and management of mental health issues in correctional settings;
  3. Summarise the specific mental health needs of minority populations in correctional settings;
  4. Describe appropriate systemic and clinical responses to the challenge of self harming behaviours in custody.


Short answer questions workbook 15%
Workshop: presentation 10% and report (800-1000 wds)25%
Essay (2500 wds) 50%

Off Campus Attendance Requirements

One-day on campus workshop