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C84F06 Forensic Practice Interventions
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Doctorate in Forensic Psychology, MSc Criminological Psychology

Taught Semesters:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module considers the underlying theoretical bases for therapeutic interventions and then the therapeutic methods actually used clinically. The focus will be on treatments addressing criminogenic needs of different sorts and on the scientific evidence relating to whether these interventions are effective.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 10 weeks1 per week6 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 100 3000 word max forensic practice report 

Dr S Duff

Education Aims:  The module aims to provide students with knowledge about the aetiological bases of different types of offending behaviour, about approaches to formulation and assessment and about the content and style of delivery of therapeutic programmes.

On completion of this module, students should be able to: i) understand and describe current theories of aetiology, ii) utilize knowledge to conduct a systematic assessment and formulation, iii) the evidence base relating to the particular intervention, iv) have a critical understanding of issues relating to consultancy and the ethical practice of forensic psychology.

Learning Outcomes:  

• Knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and applied basis of interventions for offenders and forensic patients.

• Knowledge of the previous history and current status of the “What Works” movement.

• Knowledge of the nature of therapeutic programmes for sex offending, violence, substance misuse, cognitive skills deficits, problem solving difficulties and knowledge of programmes addressing mental disorder factors, such as dialectical behaviour therapy, schema therapy and cognitive analytic therapy.

• The student should be familiar with the limitations of current therapies and with problems of low motivation and readiness.

• Familiarity with the “Good Lives” and “Positive Psychology” approaches to therapy with offenders. Able to conduct a formulation of the individual’s problems.

Intellectual skills:
• Analyse and interpret evidence relevant to the treatment and rehabilitation of offenders.

Practical/professional skills:
• Oral and written communication and presentation.

Transferable skills:
• Communicate effectively in writing.

• Retrieve information from databases and the Internet.

• Reflect upon and assess their own progress, strengths and weaknesses

• Problem-solve in relation to problems in therapy.

Offering School:  Medicine

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