Specialist Certificate in Criminology (Forensic Disability)

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Social Services Award Specialist Certificate
Course Specialist Certificate in Criminology (Forensic Disability)
Course Code N35AA
Course Abbreviation GC-CRIMFD
Partner Faculty Faculty of Arts, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Background The Introduction to Forensic Disability subject was previously known as Intellectually Disabled Offenders. It was a post graduate subject that was delivered as part of the Master of Criminology (Forensic Psychology) at a summer school since 1998 by Dr William Glaser. When the Masters program ceased it was decided to offer it as part of a two subject Specialist Certificate in Criminology (Forensic Disability).
Description This Post Graduate course will provide an up-to-date understanding of key concepts and issues, including theoretical and practical training in the assessment (including risk assessment) and management of forensic disability populations, and the complex professional and ethical issues encountered when working with this needy and challenging group. Graduates of the Specialist Certificate in Criminology (Forensic Disability) will:
  • develop an advanced understanding of the psychology of offending behaviour and the criminal justice system;
  • develop their knowledge of the appropriate professional skills to be utilised with different types of offenders and in diverse forensic contexts;
  • emerge with an advanced understanding of relevant cultural, legal, policy and political issues;
  • explain and analyse the postulated link between intellectual disability and offending behaviour in the context of historical, socio-cultural, biological, psychological, methodological and professional issues;
  • provide an awareness of specific legal issues facing offenders with an intellectual disability at each stage of their progression through the criminal justice system;
  • describe the principles of clinical assessment for this group and outline some specific techniques of assessment;
  • explain the principles of clinical intervention and management in this group, some specific interventions and methods of evaluating such interventions;
  • provide an appreciation of the legal, philosophical and policy contexts in which much clinical decision-making takes place;
  • have confidence in their capacity to undertake PhD and other advanced research.
Target Audience This is a truly interdisciplinary subject and will be highly relevant to practitioners currently working in the disability, psychology, social work, psychiatry, medicine, health, legal, law enforcement and correctional sectors.
Academic and Teaching Team

Dr Frank Lambrick
Ms Vicki Quinton
Mr Peter Persson
Mr Nathan Fenelon
Dr Danny Sullivan
Dr Russell Pratt
Dr Astrid Birgden
Professor Keith McVilly

Delivery Mode This course is only offered as an intensive delivery comprising two subjects completed over a 12 month period. The two subjects are delivered intensively face to face. There is no capacity for distance/online learning. To support learning, students are provided with a course notes folder and readings for the program - this will be selected readings relevant to particular topics, and presentations delivered throughout the program.
Delivery Venue University of Melbourne Parkville campus, Melbourne
Subjects This award requires successful completion of the following two compulsory subjects and their associated assessment:

CRIM90012 Introduction to Forensic Disability - 12.5 points

CRIM90013 Advanced Practice in Forensic Disability - 12.5 points
Entry Requirements

a) An undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification in medicine, an allied health profession, science or social science, plus documented evidence of a least equivalent of two year's full time relevant work experience; OR

b) Extensive relevant professional work experience which demonstrates the capacity to successfully undertake the course (at least 5 years work experience).

Assessment Two part assessment per subject:
  1. A 20-25 minute oral presentation based on a case study/service delivery issue/ client related issue will occur in class in pairs (time will be given to prepare for this); and
  2. A 3,000 word written assessment, which will be due three months after the delivery of the subject.
Other Information The minimum number of students must be met in order to proceed with the delivery of the course. This is confirmed approximately four weeks prior to the commencement date.
Key Dates CRIM90012 Introduction to Forensic Disability
delivered over 5 days (9am-5pm):
9 - 10 March and 15 - 17 March 2017
CRIM90013 Advanced Practice in Forensic Disability
delivered over 6 days (9am-5pm):
11 - 13 October and 18 - 20 October 2017

2018 proposed dates:

CRIM90012 Introduction to Forensic Disability 15 - 16 & 21 - 23 March 2018

CRIM90013 Advanced Practice in Forensic Disability 10 - 12 & 17 - 19 October 2018

Applications for 2018 open 1 January 2018
Course Fees Fees in 2017 are $6,344 for the whole course ($3,172 per subject).

Fees in 2018 are $6,728 for the whole course ($3,364 per subject).
Fee Inclusions Fees include tuition, course materials and catering (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea) during the intensive delivery of subjects. As enrolled students of the University of Melbourne, students have access to a range of facilities and amenities provided by the University of Melbourne.
FEE HELP Fee-Help is a loan from the Australian Government to cover award tuition fees (for the Specialist Certificate only, not for a single subject) and is available to Australian Citizens only.
More Information There are a number of accommodation options in close proximity to the University of Melbourne.
How to Apply To apply please use the APPLY NOW button at the top of this page. Specialist Certificate applications are managed by the Award Programs Team, according to the policies and procedures of the University of Melbourne. The closing date for applications is 18 February 2017.
Related courses and subjects Specialist Certificate in Criminology (Sexual Offender Management)
Contact Program Coordinator - Rebecca Phelps
Phone - (03) 9035 4043