Courses, training services and consulting
The Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science helps develop best practice models of care and treatment. We work with government and industry to:
- train workers in the delivery of health, social and criminal justice services
- develop, validate, test and use special assessments, interventions and evaluations
- evaluate offender rehabilitation programs
- contribute to the development and revision of public policy.
Examples of our training
- Assessment of risk for offenders (i.e., violence, inpatient aggression, sex offending, stalking, intimate partner violence, firesetting)
- Dealing with difficult or distressed self-represented litigants within various Australian court and tribunal settings
- Dealing with difficult people or situations within organisations
- Responding to and managing stalking in the workplace, including on-campus at universities
- Dealing with people with severe personality disorders and offending behaviour
- Core competencies in forensic mental health.
Program evaluation or review
- Review of the violence intervention program for Youth Justice
- Pilot initiative for Victoria Police of a linkage program to provide vulnerable staff with complex needs better routes of referral and access to treatment and support services in the community
- A review of immigration detention centres for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to assist with the identification and prevention of suicide risk among immigration detainees.
- Determining the prevalence of mental illness, trauma, and cognitive deficits among Koori prisoners in Victoria for the Department of Justice, Victoria
- Identifying the relationship between substance abuse and offending among youth in detention and under community supervision for the Department of Human Services, Victoria.
Development of programs or measurement tools
- Developed and validated the Dynamic Appraisal of Situational Aggression (DASA) measure
- Developed and validated the Stalking Risk Profile (SRP)
- Developed a structured decision making model for the New Zealand Parole Board
- Developed an offending rehabilitation framework for the Singapore Prison Service
- Developed strategies for intervening with youth gangs and other youth offending for the Singapore Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports.