Problem Behaviours 1

FBS80011 12.5 Credit Points Online


  • One Semester

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours

2021 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

1 Mar 21 - 30 May 21

6 Jul 21

Last self enrolment:
14 Mar 21

31 Mar 21

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Apr 21

Aims and objectives

This unit provides students with a framework to conceptualise different types of problematic criminal behaviour (including violence, threats, intimate partner violence and fire-setting) in order to better understand and manage clients who engage in these behaviours. The unit will equip students with knowledge regarding the psychological factors that are associated with common types of offending behaviour, as well as the current evidence-base for assessing and treating offenders with such problem behaviours.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Critically discuss the problem behaviour framework, and demonstrate advanced knowledge of how distal, proximal, individual and contextual factors explain problem behaviour.
2. Appraise the empirical research into different types of problem behaviours.
3. Interpret the links between the problem behaviour framework and offender risk assessment.
4. Apply the problem behaviour framework to individual cases to guide the development of appropriate treatment and management plans for violence, intimate partner violence, threats and firesetting.

Courses with unit

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