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PSY8056 : Forensic Assessment and Case Formulation

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module is designed to provide students with an evidence-based and professional approach in the assessment, case formulation and management of clinical risks. Conceptual and applied issues associated with core practitioner skills of assessment, formulation and interventions with offenders will be explored. The module will explore issues of assessment for specific groups including: sexual, violent, female, and young offenders, those with mental health issues, and those with personality disorders. Students will develop an understanding of how this assessment information can be integrated with theory to develop a meaningful formulation culminating in an effective treatment plan, which addresses an individual’s clinical needs.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Approaches to forensic risk assessment;
•       Clinical skills in mental health assessment;
•       Case formulation and management;
•       Conducting assessment and interventions with adults, children and young persons;
•       Sexual and violent offending;
•       Mental health;
•       Personality disorders;
•       Intellectual functioning and cognitive impairment;
•       Actuarial and clinical risk assessment tools;
•       Vicarious trauma;
•       At risk individuals, including LGBT groups.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials54:0020:00Non-synchronous online sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops41:004:00Present in Person sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1176:00176:00
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Non-synchronous online structured learning activities will be used as the main way to impart knowledge and to stimulate interests in the topics. To attain the intended knowledge outcomes and skills in full, it will be essential that students engage in private study before and after the taught sessions. The private study time will allow students to carry out an in-depth review of the knowledge imparted through workshops, to generate their own views on the topics and to follow these out by carrying out independent literature reviews, thereby taking control over their learning and preparing them for the assignment (essay). Present in person teaching (PIP) sessions across the module will be delivered and will be used to facilitate a workshop approach to module delivery to clarify and enhance understanding of module content.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1A1003,000 word mock parole board report
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module will be assessed by one summative assessment as detailed below:

ECA: Students will be required to write a 3,000 word mock parole board report of a fictional case (100% of total module mark). Students should demonstrate that they have developed the ability to critically evaluate theories relating to this module and that they have the critical knowledge and understanding of the various techniques utilised in writing such a report, together with the ethical issues involved.

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