Working with Difficult Personalities in the Forensic Context

FBS80006 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 aims to provide students with an understanding of how forensic systems impact on clients with personality disorder and vice versa. The unit will enable students to examine the types of assumptions, beliefs and motivations commonly present in people with difficult personalities, and will expand the repertoire of strategic responses that students can use to deal effectively with people with personality disorder.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Critically evaluate concepts central to personality and the types of features that make some personalities difficult
2. Apply advanced knowledge of how difficult personalities can contribute to offending
3. Analyse how difficult personalities impact on the forensic system, and reflect on their own interaction with personality disordered clients
4. Select appropriate interventions and management strategies for people with different personality disorders in the forensic context

Courses with unit

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