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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PS.M34
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: WILSON M Dr (Psychology)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
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Assessment Pattern

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Short answer examination (1.5 hrs)




Casework report  


Practical assessment linked to Week 10 workshop. Instructions will be given on the day.




Module Overview

Available to Forensic Masters students only.

Module Aims

This module aims to provide students with advanced knowledge and skills in the area of the treatment and management of violence.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
•    be aware of the variety of criminal behaviours within this domain from a psychological theoretical perspective.
•    be knowledgeable about methods, techniques and tools in the assessment, evaluation and intervention of anger management programmes.
•    have an understanding of risk assessment methods and their effectiveness.
•    have developed knowledge and skills in the personal management of angry/violent offenders.

Please note that the course aims to familiarise students with processes that may include assessment techniques.  It is not a formal training in these tools and techniques and is not intended to provide professional competence in these areas. 
Module Content

The course comprises eight two-hour lectures and a one-day workshop.  The first session provides an overview and introduction to the area and sets the scene for the remaining sessions. Subsequent sessions focus on specific manifestations of violence and issues related to the treatment and management of violence including:

Theories of aggression
Domestic violence
Dealing with interpersonal aggression in secure settings
Assessment and treatment of anger
Violence risk assessment methods
Interpersonal style and violence
Hostage management
Violence and Risk Familiarisation Workshop (6 hours)
NB:    This content is subject to minor fluctuation due to availability of external speakers

Methods of Teaching/Learning
Lectures and seminars.
Selected Texts/Journals
Blumenthal, S. & Lavender, T. (2000).  Violence and mental disorder: a critical aid to the assessment and management of risk.  Jessica Kingsley
Edmonson, C.B. & Conger, J.C. (1996).  A review of treatment efficacy for individuals with anger problems: Conceptual assessment and methodology issues.  Clinical Psychology Review, 16, 251-275.
Howells, K. & Hollin, C.R. (eds). (1989).  Clinical approaches to Violence.  John Wiley & Sons.
Maden, A., (2007) Treating Violence: A guide to risk management in mental health. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Quinsey, V.L., Harris, G.T., Rice, M.E. & Cormier, C.A. (1998) Violent Offenders: Appraising and managing risk.  American Psychological Association.

Hodgins, S. & Muller-Isberner, R. (eds) (2000).  Violence, crime and mentally disordered offenders: concepts and methods for effective treatment and prevention.  Wiley
Ireland, J., Ireland, C., and Birch, P., (Eds.) (2009) Violent and Sexual Offenders: Assessment, Treatment and Management. Cullumpton; Willan Publishing.
McMurran, M. & Howard (2009). Personality, Personality Disorder and Violence. Wiley-Blackwell
Novaco, R.W. (1997).  Remediating anger and aggression with violent offenders.  Legal and Criminology Psychology, 2, 77-88.
Webster, C. D., and Hucker, S. J. (2007) Violence Risk: Assessment and Management Chichester; Wiley; 2nd Edition..

Dutton, D.G., Saunders, K., Starzomski, A., & Bartholomew, K., (1994). Intimacy-anger and insecure attachment as precursors of abuse in intimate relationships, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 24, 1367-1386.
Dutton, D.G., (1995). Traumatic origins of intimate rage.  Aggression and Violent Behaviour, 4 (4), 431-447.
Hatcher, C., Mohandie, K., Turner, J. & Gelles, M.G. (1998).  The role of the psychologist in Crisis/Hostage Negotiations.  Behavioural Sciences and the Law, 16, 455-472.
Howells, K., Watt, B., Hall, G. & Baldwin, S. (1997).  Developing programmes for violent offenders.  Legal and Criminology Psychology, 2, 117-128
Richter, D. & Whittington, R. (eds) (2006). Violence in Mental Health Settings: Causes, Consequences, Management, Springer-Verlag

Further reading will be recommended during the course of the module.
Last Updated
9th August 2010