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DFVP20009 Advanced Skills for Men's Behaviour Change
Advanced Skills for Men's Behaviour Change
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General Information


This unit will enable you to develop your skills for working safely and effectively with male users of violence to effect behavioural change. It will enhance your understanding of the ethical and legal implications for practice in this field and relevant statutory requirements and standards which support safe practice. You will draw on your knowledge of domestic and family violence theories and frameworks as you acquire a range of group and other interpersonal skills to challenge and address perpetrator attitudes and behaviours. This unit also supports the growth of your abilities to assess client motivations and their commitment to change and will build your capacity to promote, monitor and review client progress through developing response plans. You will strengthen your knowledge of working with specific groups, such as Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.


Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 8
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2021


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
2. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Portfolio
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student survey responses


The majority of the student comments reinforced current practices and revolved around: - Lecturer features as supportive, inspiring enthusiasm, and reflecting his experience in the sector - Practical relevance of the unit - Breadth of content - Approach to diversity


Maintain these existing approaches and strategies

Feedback from Student survey responses


"A few technical hiccups that were rectified with contacting [Lecturer]"


- Double-check hyperlink functioning prior to 'going live' - Consultation with technical services on stability of links

Feedback from Student survey responses


"I only realised by the time I got to the third assignment how each of the assignments have helped me with my learning. It would have been great to know at the start about this."


Review information available to students at the outset of the term on the relevance and intention of the assessments.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Evaluate and apply the relevant frameworks and methods for effecting behavioural change
  2. Formulate a comprehensive client response plan, based on cultural considerations and assessment of the client's suitability and needs
  3. Identify and apply relevant standards, procedures and statutory requirements to ensure worker and family safety
  4. Evaluate strategies and techniques for working in group practice with perpetrators
  5. Demonstrate effective, safe, professional and accountable conduct to promote client behaviour change.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Practical Assessment - 30%
3 - Portfolio - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Practical Assessment - 30%
3 - Portfolio - 40%
Textbooks and Resources


There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Academic Integrity Statement

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