DFVP20009 - Advanced Skills for Men's Behaviour Change

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2018

Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Term 2 - 2019 Profile

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

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

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2017 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 75% response rate.

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.

Source: have-your-say student feedback
appreciation expressed re personal, proactive approach to communication
persist with approach as appropriate and practical
Action Taken
Source: have-your-say student feedback
pressure experienced by student re delay in the availability of resources necessary to complete assessment
technical hitch with specifically produced video material. unlikely to re-occur
Action Taken
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
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
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Portfolio