FBS5005 - The assessment and management of problem behaviours - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Psychiatry


Dr Troy McEwan

Not offered in 2017


The unit covers the aetiology and principles of management of commonly occurring antisocial 'problem behaviours' : violence, stalking, uttering threats, sexual offending, fire-setting, and abnormal complaining. Based on psychological and criminological theory of such behaviours a framework is presented, then applied to each specific behaviour. The role of mental disorder in the genesis of such behaviours is considered, in addition to the multiple psychological and social factors involved. Students will gain a theoretical understanding and develop a pragmatic model for working with a broad range of perpetrators in an ethical and evidence-based fashion.


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

  1. Apply a structured evidence-based approach to understanding common problematic antisocial behaviours, which incorporates both individually-based and situationally based variables.
  2. Describe the epidemiology, social impacts, common perpetrator characteristics and high-risk situational contexts for the commission of common problem behaviours (stalking, issuing threats, abnormal complaining, fire-setting, sexual offending, violence).
  3. Outline the key principles involved in managing such behaviours, including cognitive, behavioural, psychiatric and legal approaches.
  4. Describe the role of mental disorders in the aetiology of common problem behaviours.
  5. Explain the broader societal factors involved in the commission of such behaviours and, conversely, the impact of such behaviours on public safety and well-being.


  • 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.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study