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MPM5210 - Forensic psychiatry

4 points, SCA Band 3, 0.083 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Prof Paul Mullen and Dr A Carroll


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


The initial two sessions will focus on the nature and extent of the relationship between violent and offending behaviours and mental disorder. This will draw heavily on Australian research but will also make use of studies overseas which examine this interaction. Following this there will be two sessions on current thinking in the area of the assessment and management of the risk of violence in those with mental disorder. Further sessions will consider specific types of criminal behaviour which have a particular importance to those managing the mentally disordered. These will include stalking, sexual offending, making threats and homicide.


Each seminar in the selective will be designed to provide the knowledge necessary for general mental health professionals approaching issues of a forensic psychiatric nature.


75% based on attendance, 1500 word essay 25%

Contact hours

3 hours attendance of lectures per week, 3 hours study


MPM Year 1 units