Core Module Information
Module title: Assessments and Treatments

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: PSY11105
Module leader: Adam Mahoney
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology


Description of module content:

You will learn what research and practice have shown us are criminogenic risk factors for a variety of serious offence types, about which forensic psychologists provide advice and assessment in both criminal and civil cases. You will then learn about the Structured Professional Judgement risk assessment tools that are used by forensic psychologists working in both criminal and civil cases to look for, and assess the impact of, those risk factors in individuals. You will learn about the use of other psychometric tools which enable us to construct a formulation of an individual that includes responsivity factors such as intelligence. You will be shown how to conduct a forensic interview in a manner that establishes rapport between the psychologist and the individual, while encouraging the individual to provide as much accurate, relevant information as possible about themselves, about their life experiences, and about their offending and/or harmful behaviours. Using all of the skills and knowledge that you have developed thus far, you will then interview, and conduct a Structured Professional Judgement assessment of, a fictitious but realistic serious offender. Following this, you will learn how approaches to treating and managing convicted offenders have evolved over time, and the ways in which this approach can vary between countries and between jurisdictions. You will deliver a 10-minute section of therapeutically designed material to challenge offence specific/relevant cognitions and behaviours, in a way that helps you more fully understand the theoretical concepts behind the interventions used with offenders. After each practical exercise, you will be guided in writing a reflective practice diary entry capturing your thoughts and feelings about the experience. You will have the opportunity to seek formative feedback on your reflective pieces.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal theories and concepts relating to criminogenic risk factors.
LO2: Demonstrate skills in a range of forensic interviewing techniques that are informed by forefront developments.
LO3: Demonstrate skills in applying a Structured Professional Judgement risk assessment tool to partially assess a fictitious but realistic offender featured in a case study.
LO4: Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal theories and concepts relating to offending behaviour interventions for offenders.
LO5: Demonstrate skills in a range of offending behaviour intervention delivery techniques that are informed by forefront developments.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Marc Kozlowski
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be taught through a combination of lectures and practical skills workshops. The module will be delivered using the model 'Tell me, show me, let me try', with that sequence being followed for all three topics, namely forensic interviewing, violence risk assessment, and delivering interventions. In this way, students will have had the opportunity to learn about, to see an example of, and to try for themselves, each of the skills on which the Learning Outcomes are based.

Formative Assessment:
All students will receive formative assessment following the 'let me try' stage for each topic. In this way, by the time that they come to the summative assessment, each student will have attempted and received feedback on all of the elements that are required to complete the summative assessment.

Summative Assessment:
Each student will be required to submit a psychological risk assessment report on a fictitious but realistic offender, that includes a background history, a summary of offending, the outcome of a Structured Professional Judgement risk assessment, and a recommendation for treatment and management. The psychological risk assessment report must be based upon a review of the available file information relating to the offender, an interview with the offender, and a Structured Professional Judgement assessment of the offender.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 14
Face To Face Demonstration 6
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 174
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 100 ALL LOS 14/15 , WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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