Trauma and Offending

FBS80009 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

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

Aims and objectives

This unit provides students with a broad understanding of how various forms of trauma impact on functioning and contribute to maladaptive behaviour. The unit will enable students to recognise the role that trauma presentations can play with clients in the forensic context, to critically evaluate the contribution of trauma to offending behaviour in individual cases, and to adapt therapeutic and correctional interventions where necessary to take account of the impact of trauma on clients.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Critically discuss what constitutes a traumatic response and why
2. Appraise the main theories linking trauma to offending
3. Analyse the vulnerabilities that different theories attribute to trauma which have been linked to offending
4. Debate how the judicial and correctional systems should respond to trauma in offenders

Courses with unit

GD-FBS Graduate Diploma of Forensic Behavioural Science.
GC-FBS Graduate Certificate in Forensic Behavioural Science,
MA-FBS Master of Forensic Behavioural Science,
GD-FMHN Graduate Diploma of Forensic Mental Health Nursing.