The psychology of crime

17 July 2012


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The psychology of crime is a workshop examining the profession of criminal psychology (also referred to as forensic psychology). It will introduce and expand on questions such as: What do criminal/forensic psychologists do to assist police, the courts, the prisons, etc?

The workshop will explore the role of the forensic psychologist with examples of real (anonymous) cases. It is a must for anyone considering a career in the field of psychology, or for psychologists who would like an introduction to the forensic field. The workshop will also be useful for legal professionals and correctional staff in understanding psychological reports, explanations of bizarre behaviours and pathological diagnoses.

What people will know by the end of the workshop:

  • What forensic psychologists do and how we are trained to think
  • How psychologists study and understand criminal behaviour
  • Ways in which psychologists assess and explain criminal behaviour
  • How psychologists assist the courts in dealing with criminal behaviour
  • How psychologists treat certain types of criminal behaviour (violence, sex offences, murder)

Topics that will be covered during the workshop:

  1. "What is psychology?", with reference to famous experiments that taught us much about human behaviour. How does psychology assist people working with criminal behaviour?
  2. Assessment of a criminal offender: a look at how we do it. Real-life example of assessments (anonymous).
  3. Treating criminal offenders. Real-life examples of treatment that worked and some that didn't (anonymous).

Please note that the course content will at times involve details about violent crime that may be traumatic. If in doubt about your ability to emotionally deal with such course content, please contact the Sydney Institute of Criminology and discuss your concerns, or please DO NOT ENROL.

This workshop will be facilitated by Pan Tsomis.Pan is a forensic and clinical psychologist with a masters degree in psychology and a masters degree in criminology. He is a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (Registration No PSY0001404883), and a member of the Australian Psychological Society's College of Forensic Psychologists and College of Clinical Psychologists (Member No 17562). Pan was a psychologist with the NSW Department of Juvenile Justice, and has worked for the Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs,for a child protection agency, and for the Mental Health Team in Port Macquarie and at the St George Hospital. He has been in private practice since 1998, primarily assessing and treating criminal offenders, victims of violent crime, as well as combat veterans and their families. He has taught psychology at the University of Sydney and criminology at the University of Western Sydney. He has presented papers and lectured on forensic psychological assessment at international conferences. He also regularly runs workshops on assessment and management of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), especially with regard to victims and perpetrators of violent crimes.

Registration fees

Full fee: $240 inc GST, F/T student: $150 inc GST, University of Sydney staff: $190 inc GST, Sydney Law School alumni: $190 inc GST

Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm

Location: Room 340, Sydney Law School, New Law Building ANNEX (F10), Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: Full fee: $240 (inc GST) F/T student: $150 (inc GST) University of Sydney staff: $190 (inc GST) Sydn

Contact: Sydney Institute of Criminology

Phone: 02 9351 0450

Email: 062b40451a3702582b1f5a5e16061125443d2d28554d1d272b1964260d