This unit extends students’ understanding of problematic criminal behaviours into the specific areas of stalking, abnormal complaining, and harmful sexual behaviours towards children and adults. The unit will assist students to understand the psychological factors associated with these problem behaviours, and enhance their skills to implement the Problem Behaviour framework to a wider range of behaviours that are commonly encountered in forensic settings.


Teaching periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Formulate the role of distal, proximal, individual and contextual factors for a wide range of different problem behaviours
  • Assess the contributory role of different risk factors in different types of problem behaviour, based on an understanding of relevant empirical research
  • Apply the problem behaviour framework to individual cases to guide the development of appropriate treatment and management plans for sexual offenders, stalkers and abnormal complainants

Teaching methods

Hawthorn Online

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
12.00 1 week 12
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
11.50 12 weeks 138


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Case Formulation VideoIndividual 45% 
Case Formulation VignetteIndividual 35% 1,3 
Case PresentationIndividual 20% 1,3 


  • Recap of the problem behaviour framework
  • Introduction to Harmful sexual behaviour
  • Harmful sexual behaviours towards adults
  • Harmful sexual behaviour towards children
  • Internet child pornography use
  • Stalking
  • Abnormal complaining

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.