Specialist Certificate in Criminology (Sexual Offender Management)

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Social Services Award Specialist Certificate
Course Specialist Certificate in Criminology (Sexual Offender Management)
Course Code GC-CRIMSOM
Partner Faculty Faculty of Arts, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Background The course was developed in response to a request by Corrections Victoria for a professional development program for correctional staff with responsibility for the case management of sexual offenders. The course is now open to all eligible applicanst from the public and Government sectors.

The subjects will be delivered by Dr Mayumi Purvis, who holds a PhD in Criminology from the University of Melbourne, and Ms Simone Shaw, who holds a Masters in Forensic Psychology. Both Dr Purvis and Ms Shaw are experienced practitioners in this field. No accredited training of this type is currently available in Victoria or elsewhere in Australia.
Course Description
  • This is an intensive post-graduate program taught over ten days, which provides professional training in the case management of sexual offenders
  • The course is designed for professionals who work with sexual offenders, but who may lack clinical qualifications to support their practices
The course gives participants the requisite knowledge about sexual offenders and case management practice approaches, together with practical skills in the assessment and effective management of this complex and difficult offender population. This knowledge will assist practitioners to meet their professional responsibilities successfully and with the utmost confidence in their intervention practices.
Delivery Mode This course is only offered as an intensive delivery on campus comprising two subjects completed over a 12 month period. There is no online learning format available. 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.
Who Should Apply Professionals who work in a specialist capacity with sexual offenders or who are preparing to work with sexual offenders in the future. Professionals who have demonstrated capacity to manage challenging and complex offenders.
Subjects This award requires successful completion of the following two compulsory subjects and their associated assessment:

CRIM90022 Introduction to Sexual Offender Management - 12.5 points

CRIM90023 Advanced Practice in Sexual Offender Management - 12.5 points
Assessment Assessment for each subject will be group work based on a case study and a two-hour examination comprised of multiple choice and short-essay questions. The in-class assessment will take place on the final day of each subject.
Additional Information This course comprises two subjects which are delivered intensively face-to-face. There is no capacity for distance 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.
Academic and Teaching Team Dr Mayumi Purvis
Ms Simone Shaw
Entry Requirements Students undertaking this course should meet one of the following entry criteria:
  • An undergraduate degree with a major area of study related to psychology, criminology or a cognate social science discipline;
  • An undergraduate degree and at least one year of relevant professional work experience;
  • At least three years of relevant professional work experience which demonstrates the capacity to successfully undertake the course.
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 access to on-line resources & catering during the intensive delivery of the subjects.
We provide a text book written by two of the presenters: Purvis, M., Ward, T. & Shaw, S. (2013). Applying the Good Lives Model to the Case Management of Sexual Offenders: A Practical Guide for Probation Officers, Parole Officers, and Case Workers. Brandon, VT: Safer Society Press.
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.
Key Dates Closing date for applications is 3 weeks before the course starts.
Delivery Dates and Times 2017 - applications have closed.

2018 - applications open on 1st January 2018.

Proposed dates for 2018:

Delivery 1

CRIM90022 Introduction to Sexual Offender Management (12.5 points) 19 - 23 March

CRIM90023 Advanced Practice in Sexual Offender Management (12.5 points) 30 April - 4 May

Delivery 2

CRIM90022 Introduction to Sexual Offender Management (12.5 points) 10 - 14 September

CRIM90023 Advanced Practice in Sexual Offender Management (12.5 points) 22 - 26 October
Delivery Venue University of Melbourne Parkville campus, Melbourne
Related courses and subjects Specialist Certificate in Criminology (Forensic Disability)
Contact Program Coordinator - Rebecca Phelps
Phone - (03) 9035 4043