The Good Lives Model Case Management Approach

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Social Services Non-Award Professional Development


The Good Lives Model Case Management Approach

Partner Faculty

Faculty of Arts, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences


A Good Lives Model (GLM) Case Management Approach has been designed by Dr Mayumi Purvis and Prof Tony Ward, based on the theory of the GLM and additional findings from Dr Purvis’ empirical research, completed in 2006. This research tested the GLM aetiological assumptions and conceptual underpinnings with a group of child sexual offenders. The outcome is a case management approach that is strengths-based, structured yet individualised and equipped with comprehensive case management analytical tools.

Course Description

Applying the Good Lives Model (GLM) in case management requires skill, time and effort, however the thoroughness and depth of analysis of the GLM means that its outcomes truly benefit the offender in terms of reducing risk and assisting him/her in constructing and living a more pro-social and personally meaningful life.  The GLM Case Management Approach is also a helpful and rewarding process for the case manager due to its strengths-based focus.

Specifically, the GLM Case Management Approach provides case managers with the skills and tools to:
1. Thoroughly assess each offender and his current life, previous way of living and future life plans;    
2. Identify each offenders’ full range of pathways to offending;
3. Identify each offenders’ high priority areas for intervention;
4. Target high priority areas in a meaningful way which is most likely to gain the offender’s interest and investment and therefore yield a successful outcome; and
5. Identify and meaningfully report on evidence of change and progress within the offender.

The GLM Case Management Approach is suitable for any offender population and can be applied (albeit differently) in both community corrections and the custodial setting.
Summary: The GLM offers a comprehensive, targeted and individually meaningful framework for rehabilitative work with offenders.   It should be noted that the GLM is ultimately a framework for healthy human functioning and as such, should be considered as a necessary approach for therapeutic work with any offender or client base.  If we are truly serious about not seeing offenders return to the criminal justice system time after time, then we must be holistic in our treatment and case management approach and be committed to equipping offenders to live better, pro-social and personally meaningful lives

Delivery Mode

The workshop is delivered 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.

Who Should Apply

This course provides Case Managers with tools and skills when working with any offender population and can be applied (albeit differently) in both community corrections and the custodial setting.

Entry Requirements

It is applicable to anyone who is currently working with offenders in any setting, or who intends to work with offenders

Academic and Teaching Team

Dr Mayumi Purvis

Delivery Dates and Times

19-20 April 2018

9am-5pm each day

Delivery Venue

Woodward Centre, Parkville

Course Fees

$1,600 + GST per person for the two day workshop

Fee Inclusions

Fees include tuition, course materials and catering (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea) during the workshop delivery

Related Courses and Subjects

Specialist Certificate in Criminology (Sexual Offender Management)

Contact Us

Esra Evyapan
Program Coordinator
The University of Melbourne
T: +61 3 8344 2580