Core Skills in Forensic Practice

FBS80001 12.5 Credit Points Online


  • One Semester

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

Higher Ed. Semester 2

26 Feb 24 - 26 May 24

2 Jul 24

Last self enrolment:
10 Mar 24

31 Mar 24

Last withdraw without fail:
12 Apr 24

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24

Aims and objectives

This unit raises students’ awareness of a range of systemic and interpersonal dynamics that can interfere with therapeutic relationships in forensic contexts and increase the likelihood of ethical dilemmas arising. The unit will allow students to develop knowledge and skills to both understand their clients’ actions more effectively, and be conscious of their own roles and power as practitioners in a forensic setting.
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key theories explaining the ‘change’ process
2. Define the therapeutic alliance (working alliance) and analyse its significance to forensic work
3. Appraise the different forms of boundary violation common in the forensic context
4. Identify heuristic biases and evaluate how these influence clinical reasoning processes
5. Critically discuss common ethical dilemmas in the forensic context and how these can be managed

Courses with unit

GC-FBS Graduate Certificate in Forensic Behavioural Science,
GC-FMHN Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health Nursing,
GD-FMHN Graduate Diploma of Forensic Mental Health Nursing,
GD-FBS Graduate Diploma of Forensic Behavioural Science,
MA-FBS Master of Forensic Behavioural Science,
GC-SFARM Graduate Certificate in Specialist Forensic Assessment and Risk Management