Course Title: Apply Psychological Concepts and Principles within a Justice Environment

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6077

Course Title: Apply Psychological Concepts and Principles within a Justice Environment

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 68.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Face-to-Face or Workplace

Term1 2011,
Term1 2012,
Term1 2013

Course Contact: Melissa Brown

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99258371

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This course covers the knowledge and skills required to analyse the psychotherapies relevant to identify and address issues related to offenders and victims within the criminal justice system. It also includes the skills and knowledge required to:

  • implement counselling strategies and processes
  • evaluate psychological disorders prevalent amongst the offender population, and rehabilitate and divert the client group from re-offending.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

No pre-requisite courses but a sound knowledge of APA referencing is needed.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBQU380 Apply Psychological Concepts and Principles within a Justice Environment


1. Analyse the psychotherapies most relevant to treating offending behaviour in the criminal justice environment.

2. Investigate and apply counselling practices and processes in the criminal justice environment.

3. Analyse psychological disorders prevalent amongst offenders in Victoria.

4. Review assessment tools and treatment options for forensic clients in Victoria.

5. Analyse psychological principles relevant to specialized groups within the criminal justice environment.

Learning Outcomes

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Overview of Assessment

Students will be required to design a treatment plan, deliver an oral presentation, and sit a written exam, addressing the main elements of the course. Participation in in-class role-plays and discussions, writing in a reflective journal, and analysis of case studies handed out for homework, will also support the learning outcomes relevant to the key competencies.