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FBS9007 - Personality disorder in the forensic context

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 provides students with an understanding of the aetiology and management of personality disorders prevalent in the forensic context. A framework (based on principles derived from psychological, psychiatric, sociological and criminological theory) for understanding personality disorder is presented and then applied to each specific personality disorder: antisocial, psychopathic, narcissistic, borderline, paranoid, and schizoid. The student will develop both a theoretical understanding of personality disorder and principles for working effectively with people with personality disorders who are in a forensic context. These principles are evidence-based.


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

  1. Describe the conceptual underpinnings and limitations of personality disorder;
  2. Describe the relationship between personality disorder and offending behaviour;
  3. Describe the impact of personality disorders on forensic services (at individual and systems level) and the impact of the forensic system on those with a personality disorder;
  4. Outline the key treatment and management interventions in forensic contexts for those with personality disorders, including cognitive-behavioural, pharmacological and legal approaches.


Short answer questions workbook 15%
Workshop: oral presentation 10%
Log book with practical cases/applications 25%
Essay (2500 wds) 50%

Off Campus Attendance Requirements

One day on-campus workshop.