Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Psychology and Psychiatry
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Clare McInerney


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.


Workshop presentation/Alternative Assessment - 10%
Applied Learning Exercise - 30%
Essay - 60%
All assessments must be passed to pass the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Two day on-campus workshop