Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Social Work
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Chris Trotter


The major focus of this unit is on effective methods of working with offenders in the community after they have been placed on court orders. It discusses the objectives of correctional programs and what works best for whom in terms of reducing re-offending.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. have an understanding of the field of corrections, its purpose and its relationship with social work;
  2. have knowledge and understanding of the place of rehabilitation in work with offenders and how this fits with other goals of corrective programs;
  3. be able to articulate the key principles of effective interventions in terms of rehabilitation work with offenders;
  4. have an understanding of the nature of risk assessment and of the advantages criticisms of risk assessment;
  5. be able to identify a number of correctional theories and understand how these relate to the direct practice work done by social workers in this field;
  6. have an understanding of at least one of the specialist programs directed towards offenders.


Essay (3,000 words) (25%)
Essay (6,000 words) (75%)

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