Working in Corrections and Youth Justice

FBS80013 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 develops students’ awareness of the issues associated with working in correctional and youth justice settings, particularly the tension between custodial and therapeutic practices, which can interfere with role effectiveness and desired outcomes. The unit will assist students to understand the impact of the correctional environment when working with offenders and will enhance their skills to identify effective systemic and clinical responses to assessing, treating and managing mental health issues within coercive environments.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Critique the purpose of correctional responses to crime in modern Western societies
2. Assess systemic factors in coercive environments that can contribute to different kinds of challenging behaviours
3. Discuss the shared and divergent goals of forensic mental health and offender rehabilitation services in correctional settings
4. Articulate advanced understanding of ethical dilemmas that arise when working clinically in a coercive environment
5. Appraise the utility of different approaches to managing and treating mental health concerns in correctional and youth detention settings

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
GC-SFARM Graduate Certificate in Specialist Forensic Assessment and Risk Management