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  • Course | FSW 5028Mental Health Issues in Forensic Practice


This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the major issues involved in working with persons who have mental health issues within the forensic context.

An exploration of the major theoretical perspectives of mental disorders (medical model, social learning, biopsychosocial) will be presented. This course will focus on three areas of practice: assessment, treatment and teamwork in effective risk management. Additional discussions including diversion programs, restorative measures and the utilization of community resources will also be reviewed. Through a combination of interactive lectures and presentations, students will have an opportunity to review and critique relevant literature and controversial topics in the risk management of these often challenging groups of individuals. Case study examples will be used to illustrate various scenarios in theory and practice.


Students must have been admitted to the program to take this course. Admission to the program requires a diploma and/or a degree from an accredited university or CAAT.

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