Diplomas and Certificates

Specialist Certificate in Criminology (Forensic Disability)

0.5 years part-time(part-time study options available)
Parkville campus
Available to Domestic and International

Stigma, scapegoating and stereotyping are what many people with intellectual and other cognitive disabilities experience when they become involved with the criminal justice system. Yet an increasingly extensive and sophisticated body of knowledge is providing answers to questions such as:

  • How does disability influence offending behaviours?
  • Who offends and why?
  • What do we need to do to understand their needs and vulnerabilities?
  • How can we design effective and humane treatment and rehabilitation programs?

Forensic disability is the emerging discipline which is attempting to answer these questions and this highly acclaimed course, first offered ten years ago, remains the only one in Australia and New Zealand providing a comprehensive basis for specialist training in the area.

The course will provide an up-to-date understanding of key concepts and issues, including theoretical and practical training in the assessment (including risk assessment) and management of forensic disability populations, and the complex professional and ethical issues encountered when working with this needy and challenging group.

Visit the Specialist Certificate in Criminology (Forensic Disability) website


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