Details for Working with Offenders

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC342
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rebecca Loundar


SSE201 Applied Counselling Theories A; SSE202 Applied Counselling Theories B; SSC202 Counselling Frameworks; SSC207 Group and Community Work

The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Working with Offenders

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Define offenders and offences using legal terminology and public policies and incorporate these into your practice framework;
  2. Identify societal, family and health factors that can lead to criminal behaviour and apply this information to identify populations at risk of offending;
  3. Assess individuals and work within the system, with both individuals and groups to address their needs;
  4. Develop awareness of personal vulnerability in relation to some offences and have strategies to deal with them professionally.

Subject Content

  • The offender context
  • Key concepts in working with offenders
  • The justice system
  • Biblical Basis for Working with Offenders
  • Special offender groups: Women, Youth, Violent Offenders, Property Offenders
  • Race, culture, Mental Health, and addictions in offender populations
  • Coaching the development of Life Skills
  • Evaluation and negotiating the end of the helping relationship
  • Developing the supportive community

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (eLearning)
  • Intensives
  • Extensives

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Major Essay (30%)
  • Professional e-Portfolio (40%)
  • Program Plan (30%)

Prescribed Text

  • Farrow, K., Kelly, G. & Wilkinson, B. 2007. Offenders in Focus. Bristol: Policy Press. NSW Dept. of Corrective Services. 2009. Getting SMART. (Revised ed.).

Please consult your instructor prior to purchasing any textbooks.