Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Forensic Psychiatry Related to Practice

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Mental Health

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will expose students to the care of offender patients. Through discussions and reflective sessions with chosen mentors the student will be able to revise their understanding of their clinical skills. Students will observe care offered to offender and non-offender patients, the approach required by mental health care staff and the implementation of risk management set against therapeutic interventions.

Study-unit Aims:

To enable students to care for people who are offending mental health patients.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Consider the relationship between mental illness and public safety;
- Identify ways in which the offender patient can be provided with effective mental health care;
- Consider personality issues in relation to the offender patient;
- Explore personal attitudes towards this group of patients to determine how best to use strengths rather than weaknesses in their care.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Consider the evidence based literature which identifies key approaches to this group of practice and apply them to his/her practice;
- Assess the needs of the forensic patient;
- Plan, implement and evaluate nursing strategies in order to provide the offender patient with effective and optimum mental health care.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Mercer, D. Mason, T. McKeown, M & McCann, G (2000) Forensic mental health care: a case study approach. Churchill Livingstone. UK
- Mason, T & Mercer, D (Eds) (2000) Critical perspectives in forensic care: inside out. MacMillan. UK
- Chaloner, C & Coffey, M (2003) Forensic mental health nursing: current approaches. Blackwell Scientific. UK
- Pyrek, K. (2006) Forensic Nursing. Boca Raton. USA



Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Clinical Report SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Paulann Grech

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