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Forensic Psychology in Practice - PSY00052H

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  • Department: Psychology
  • Module co-ordinator: Mr. Paul Summers
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module summary

This module provides teaching and practical experience in the fundamental skills that forensic psychologists use in assessing, interviewing and treating offenders, together with information on the theories and research evidence that underpins these practical skills. Attention will also be focused on how forensic practitioners can best equip themselves whilst working in critical occupations.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Spring Term 2021-22

Module aims

  • To provide exposure to the technical skills required for forensic psychology practice with offenders in judicial, institutional and community settings.
  • To highlight necessary skills when working with forensic populations.
  • To continue to develop and refine skills in critical analysis and presentation

Module learning outcomes

  • Conduct interviews for a range of purposes;
  • Reflect on the effectiveness of current approaches to treatment;
  • Identify the functional links between individual psychological variables, developmental history, contextual variables and past, present and predictive offending behaviour;
  • Identify and prioritise appropriate targets for intervention, monitoring and referral to other agencies.
  • Recognise the importance of working ethically and maintaining boundaries with vulnerable populations.

Module content

  1. Interviewing
  2. Behavioural Risk Assessment
  3. Treatment
  4. Facilitation Skills
  5. Resilience
  6. Boundaries
  7. Reflective Practice and Supervision
  8. Ethical Issues


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam - 24 hrs (Centrally scheduled)
Forensic Psychology in Practice
8 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam - 24 hrs (Centrally scheduled)
Forensic Psychology in Practice
8 hours 100

Module feedback

Marks will be released through e:vision.

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