Singapore University of Social Sciences

Foundations of Forensic Psychological Practice

Foundations of Forensic Psychological Practice (PSY520)


PSY520 is a foundational course to introduce students to the field of Forensic Psychological practice in Singapore. The course looks at important professional practice issues such as Ethics and professional boundaries, the importance of Clinical Supervision, and working across disciplines. The course also introduces students to the theoretical and applied aspects of forensic psychological assessments and clinical interviewing. This foundational course will prepare students for the more specialised courses in the programme.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JAN


  • The context and scope of Forensic Psychology in Singapore
  • Incarceration and Community Rehabilitation in Singapore
  • Professional Practice Issues 1: Reflective practice and clinical supervision
  • Pathways to Crime
  • Introduction to Motivational Interviewing and its application to Forensic settings
  • Forensic Clinical Interviewing Skills 1
  • Forensic Clinical Interviewing Skills 2
  • Introduction to Forensic Assessment 1
  • Introduction of Forensic Assessment 2
  • Introduction to Forensic Assessment 3
  • Professional Practice Issues 2: Ethics for the forensic practitioner
  • Professional Practice Issues 3: Boundaries and working in multi-disciplinary teams

Learning Outcome

  • Judge the scope of Forensic Psychology practice in Singapore.
  • Assess the importance of professional standards and ethical practice.
  • Appraise crime pathways, incarceration and offender rehabilitation in Singapore.
  • Evaluate different methods in forensic assessment and clinical interviewing.
  • Illustrate the use of motivational interviewing approaches with offenders.
  • Demonstrate basic skills in forensic assessment.
  • Compare the relevant skills needed in clinical interviewing.
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