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This course provides an introduction to the assessment of risk for sexually deviant and violent behaviour. Participants learn about factors which are correlated to prediction of violent behaviour in people. The discussion of psychopathy, mental illness, personality disorders, deviance, and substance abuse takes place in the context of the behavioural science approach to police investigation.
Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
Co-instructor for this course is Pamela McCafferty. This course will be exclusively online for the Winter 2021 term and classes will be taught live: seven (7) Tuesdays (Jan 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar 2, & 9.) 6:00pm - 9:30 pm (1800-2130) and three (3) Saturdays (Feb 20, 27 & Mar 6) 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (0900-1600). Marks will be given for participation. For details on the textbook required, please check: bcitbookstore.ca/downtown. Your instructor will email you before the start of this course with further details. Students who have been accepted into a Forensics program where this course is a part of the matrix may register without any further approvals. Students who are not currently accepted in a Forensics program or, if this course is NOT part of your program matrix, please contact the Program Assistants for departmental approval at BCIT_Forensics@bcit.ca. For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit: https://www.bcit.ca/cas/forensics.
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Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:
Outline and evaluate psychological, behavioural, and demographic factors which may indicate an individual's propensity for violent behaviour.
Outline and evaluate psychological, behavioural, and demographic factors which may indicate individuals' propensity for sexually deviant behaviour.
Explain how psychological disorders influence sexual deviance and violent behaviour.
Discriminate psychological and behavioural features in suspects that may be helpful for investigators and negotiators conducting interviews.
Explain the role of risk assessment in Canada.
Contrast actuarial prediction and clinical judgment.
Differentiate between reactive and instrumental violence.
Discuss the construct of psychopathy and apply the knowledge of psychopathy to investigative techniques.
Explain sexual deviance and analyze how deviant fantasy can result in offending.
Apply the knowledge of Critical Incident Stress Management to assist a mental health practitioner following a critical incident.
Outline the role of the Criminal Investigative Psychologist in policing.
Effective as of Fall 2009
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