Graduate Certificate in Specialist Forensic Assessment and Risk Management

Academic Programmes

  • Accredited and awarded by Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
  • Organised by the Executive Counselling and Training Academy

The Graduate Certificate in Specialist Forensic Assessment and Risk Management is unique in Australia; there are currently no other courses offering this specialised program to a multi-disciplinary audience of professionals.

A key strength of the program is the practical focus on how to administer and interpret violence risk assessment tools, and how to formulate recommendations and effective risk management plans.

The course will be taught by expert researchers and clinicians in this field, who will bring the course considerable credibility by virtue of their experience not only working with relevant clients, but investigating optimal approaches to violence risk assessment and management.

The first intake for enrolment through ECTA Singapore commences in 4 March 2019.

Course Structure

Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face and Online Learning
Four core units to be completed within 12 months.
 FBS80001Core Skills in Forensic Practice (Online)
FBS80003Principles of Violence Risk Assessment & Management (Online)
FBS80004Advanced Violence Risk Assessment (Online)
FBS80005Mental Disorder and Offending (Face-to-Face) at ECTA premise

Course Aims

The Graduate Certificate in Specialist Forensic Assessment and Risk Management provides advanced training in how and under what circumstances to conduct standardised risk assessments on a range of violent behaviours (e.g. interpersonal violence, sexual violence, intimate partner violence) and how to formulate appropriate management plans to reduce any identified risks. Elective units provide the opportunity to develop comprehensive conceptual knowledge of specific populations where risk assessments are frequently required (e.g. mentally disordered offenders, substance misusing offenders, personality disordered offenders).

Graduates will attain specialised knowledge of the principles, approaches and methods relevant to these types of risk assessment and management plans. At the completion of the course, graduates will be able to apply their skills in effective risk assessment and management in their current work practice, or transfer these skills to working in new environments where risk assessment and management is relevant (e.g. mental health services, corrections, child protection).

Course Objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. apply knowledge of theory in the specialised area of violence risk assessment and management
  2. apply specialised knowledge of the principles, approaches and methods relevant to violence risk assessment and management
  3. demonstrate the capacity to comprehend, synthesise and critically evaluate complex information required to undertake risk assessment and management
  4. identify and analyse relevant information to undertake a comprehensive violence risk assessment and generate appropriate risk management strategies
  5. apply communication skills to formulate and transmit the outcomes of forensic risk assessment and appropriate management strategies to a diverse audience
  6. adapt knowledge and skills to a variety of contexts and potential client groups, independently and responsibly
  7. demonstrate judgement in applying the principles of violence risk assessment and the ability to effectively communicate findings to others
  8. demonstrate ability to apply the principles of violence risk assessment and management with integrity and informed by relevant ethical considerations.

Duration

The Graduate Certificate in Specialist Forensic Assessment and Risk Management is a 12-months programme consisting of 4 subject units.

Duration: Full-time, 12 months

Next Intake: 1 July 2020

CONTACT HOURS

Total Online and Face-to-Face: 396 hours
Inclusive of 36 hours of Face-to-Face Lectures

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry

  • A recognised Bachelor’s degree

Non-Graduate Special Entry

  • Minimum 5 years relevant work experience
  • Submission of 500 – 750 word statement demonstrating their suitability to the course
  • Face-to-face interview or via telephone

Applicants who do not hold an appropriate qualification but who have relevant work experience (e.g. in mental health settings, social work, hospitals, prisons and custodial institutions, police force, legal settings) may be granted entry on the basis of the applicant’s suitability for the program.

Students are expected to be computer literate and to have internet access.

Lecturer : Students Ratio
Course Title: Graduate Certificate in Specialist Forensic Assessment and Risk Management
1 lecturer:48 students

Course Fees

Please refer to the Fee Payment Structure for more information.

Course Assessments

FBS80001: Core Skills in Forensic Practice (12.5 Credit Points)

Assessment TypeWeighting
Case Review 135%
Case Review 235%
Applied Learning Task30%

 

FBS80003: Principles of Violence Risk Assessment and Management (12.5 Credit Points)

Assessment TypeWeighting
Case presentation30%
Case vignette 135%
Case vignette 235%

 

FBS80004: Advanced Violence Risk Assessment and Management (12.5 Credit Points)

Assessment TypeWeighting
Long answer case vignette 125%
Short answer questions35%
Long answer case vignette 240%

 

FBS80005: Mental Disorder and Offending (12.5 Credit Points)

Assessment TypeWeighting
Oral Presentation20%
Written Case Vignette15%
Short Answer Questions25%
Essay40%

Graduating Criteria

Upon graduation, students will be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Specialist Forensic Assessment and Risk Management. 

Registration

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