University Certificate in Advanced Practitioner Topics with Sex Offenders Short Course

University Certificate in Advanced Practitioner Topics with Sex Offenders Short Course

This two-day course aims to enhance knowledge when working with sex offenders, including completion of risk assessment and formulation. It allows formal training in a risk assessment tool (J-SOAP II), and which is used with adolescent males who sexually harm. It will enhance your understanding of risk assessment, effective engagement strategies with sex offenders, with a detailed formulation of the risk and areas of treatment need. It is delivered with the support of CCATS (Coastal Child and Adult Therapeutic Services).

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

2 Days


School of Psychology

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:


Entry Requirements:

The minimum requirement is NVQ Level 3 or equivalent, with 12 months relevant experience and an appropriate reference as to your academic ability. Applicants require a score of 6.5 in IELTS (or equivalent) for students whose first language is not English.

Course Content

Course Outline:

This university certificate is a two-day course which aims to enhance knowledge and skills by:

  • Identifying, exploring and critically evaluating risk assessment techniques. It includes training in a risk assessment measure (Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol-II: J-SOAP II)
  • Examining the most up-to-date and accepted methods of brining about change with sex offenders (across the lifespan – juvenile to adult)
  • Examining how to work with resistance and denial including the use of motivational techniques and other interviewing methods.

Exploring the development of defendable written witness skills for risk assessment reports, including the delivery of expert testimony as a professional witness or a witness of fact.

This university certificate uses lectures, group discussion and independent study. Assessment is by two pieces of coursework: a report incorporating risk issues for a client (4,000 words) and a reflective analysis (1,000 works). Feedback will be provided on both pieces.

The course is delivered by Professor Jane L. Ireland and/or Dr Carol A. Ireland. Both are Registered Forensic Psychologists, Chartered Psychologies and Chartered Scientists, with over 16 years of forensic practice each.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Academic Expertise

Course is delivered by Forensic Psychologists who are competent in the training of risk assessments, and who work with sexual offenders.

Learning outcome & aims


  • To equip students with knowledge in process issues relevant to formal and quasi-Court that will assist them in the role of expert, professional or ordinary witness. 
  • To develop student competence in core areas of practitioner knowledge through lectures, groupwork, coursework and independent study.
  • To develop student competence in the demonstration of process skills via lectures, engagement in a mock-Court scenario, coursework and independent study. 
  • To develop knowledge and understanding and practitioner skills in a range of applied topics (Postgraduate Diploma).


  • Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of Court process relevant to practitioner work and professional standards which practitioners are expected to adhere to.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the English legal system relevant to expert, Professional or ordinary witness work.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theories and research pertaining to topic(s) of relevance to practitioner work which may have relevance to formal or quasi-Court.
  • Demonstrate appropriate practitioner knowledge when working with specific client groups.

Industry links & professional accreditation

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Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


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Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

For further information about this course, please contact: Carol Ireland, email: or Telephone: 01772 893440.

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