Advanced Certificate in Offender Rehabilitation

Are you motivated by the prospect of positively transforming the lives of individuals who have deviated from the law? Are you eager to explore the intricate relationship between mental health issues and criminal activities? Curious about your role in the rehabilitation and societal reintegration of offenders? The Advanced Certificate in Offender Rehabilitation offers a profound journey for those aspiring to elevate their expertise or develop advanced skills in creating safer, more cohesive communities.
Course Provider
The Learning Group
(RTO 22557)
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One-on-One Mentor and Student Support Advisor

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Upfront Payment with a discount or an Interest-Free Payment Plan.

Course Overview

Start Date
Start Anytime
Self-paced. Approximately 700 hours to complete the course, which has seven key modules made up of 70 lessons.
Flexible, online, self-paced learning with dedicated mentor support.
Career Outcomes

This course may be of interest to people working or aspiring to work in or as:

  • Welfare officers
  • Youth workers
  • Social workers
  • Security Professions
  • Law enforcement
  • Crime Prevention
  • Prison Guards
Course Modules

Module 1: Abnormal Behaviour

  1. Essentials of Abnormal Behaviour
  2. Understanding Mental Disorders
  3. Childhood Mental Developmental Disorders
  4. Neurocognitive Disorders (NCD)
  5. Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  6. Drugs, The Brain and Behaviour - The Science of Addiction
  7. Eating and Sleep Disorders - Causes, Diagnosis Treatment
  8. Psychotic Disorders - From Diagnosis to Treatment
  9. Gender Dysphoria and Sexual Dysfunction - The Brain-Body Connection
  10. Clinical Guide to the Diagnosis
  11. Somatic Symptom Disorder, Factitious and Dissociative Disorders
  12. Personality Disorders Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment

This module delivers an introduction into a range of common psychological disorders, from their aetiology, symptoms, prognosis, to possible treatment options. Whilst the module largely mirrors classifications systems used in the DSM and ICD, the student is also encouraged to consider additional issues, such as the definition of normality and abnormality, and when is an individual’s behaviour within the bounds of what is regarded as “normal” in society and when is it “abnormal”?

It aims to help you better understand common mental health issues so you can recognise and accommodate the behaviours of the people you work with and interact with, so you can relate and communicate with them in a more understanding and positively beneficial manner.

Module 2: Criminal Psychology

  1. Introduction to Criminal Psychology
  2. Psychological Approaches to Understanding Crime
  3. Psychology and Understanding Serious Crimes
  4. Mental Disorder and Crime 1 - Learning Disabilities and Crime
  5. Mental Disorder and Crime 2 -Psychopathy
  6. Gender and Crime
  7. Youth and Crime
  8. Psychology and the Police
  9. Psychology in the Courtroom
  10. Psychology and Crime Prevention

This module aims to provide a fascinating insight into the mind of the criminal and what makes someone commit criminal offences. There are many different theories and approaches to understanding the origins of criminal behaviour, from social learning theories, to labelling theory, to individual differences. It is important to understand different theories in order to nurture a broad understanding of how crime is conceptualised. Once this is in place you can better understand the thoughts and behaviours of criminals and people who cross the boundary of what is considered acceptable in society. You will gain an understanding of criminal psychology and how psychology is used in law enforcement and crime prevention.

Module 3: Managing Mental Health in Adults

  1. Introduction to Mental Health Issues
  2. Depression and Related Conditions 
  3. Anxiety and Related Conditions
  4. Schizophrenia
  5. Personality Disorders
  6. Eating Disorders
  7. Dementias
  8. Helping Yourself in Mental Health Issue
  9. Support Options and  Services for Mental Health Issues

This module is structured to provide a comprehensive understanding of various mental health issues affecting adults. It begins with an introduction to mental health problems, delving into specific conditions such as depression in men and women, anxiety, phobias, OCD, schizophrenia, antisocial personality disorders, eating disorders and dementias.

It not only focuses on the identification and characteristics of these mental health issues but also emphasises practical approaches for self-help and explores the available services for mental health support. It equips you with the knowledge to understand and address these conditions, enhancing your ability to manage mental health effectively in adult populations.

Module 4: Legal Terminology

  1. Scope and Nature of Legal Terminology
  2. The Legal Workplace
  3. Legal Systems and International Law
  4. Contract and Business Law
  5. Property Law- Conveyancing and Intellectual Property
  6. Wills, Probates, Estates and Trusts
  7. Criminal Law and Torts (Civil Law)
  8. Other Categories- Family Law, Bankruptcy, Insurance, Accident Compensation

This module aims to increase your understanding of legal terminology, which is useful for people in a variety of professions, from paralegals, to legal assistants and receptionists, to law enforcement officers, writers and journalists, campaigners and activists, to authorised government inspectors and officers. It’s also beneficial to those looking to improve their understanding of the government and the community.

Module 5: Psychopharmacology (Drugs and Psychology)

  1. Introduction: A History on the Use and Misuse of Drugs in Society
  2. Effects of Drugs on the Individual and Society
  3. Legally Restricted Drugs: Stimulants and Narcotics
  4. Legally Restricted Drugs: Hallucinogens and Marijuana
  5. Legally Restricted Drugs: Steroids
  6. Legal Drugs: Alcohol
  7. Legal Drugs: Tobacco, Caffeine, and Solvents
  8. Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs
  9. Sedatives and Anti-Anxiety Drugs
  10. Prescription Drugs for Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders
  11. Treatment and Preventative Education

This module is designed to help you understand how different types of drugs (manmade and natural) can influence our behaviour. From substance abuse, dependency, and withdrawal effects on the nervous system, to the impacts of drugs on society, this introductory module provides a solid foundation to psychopharmacology.

You will learn how our thinking can be affected by both legal and illegal drugs, the effects of painkillers, alcohol and prescription drugs, and discover the differences between the main groups of illicit drugs and how to identify drug abuse and dependence.

Module 6: Criminal Profiling

  1. Introduction to Criminal Profiling
  2. Profiling Methods
  3. Crime Scene Analysis
  4. Offender Characteristics
  5. Victimology
  6. Offender Profiling- Sexual Crimes
  7. Offender Profiling- Violent Crimes
  8. Offender Profiling- White Collar Crimes
  9. Offender Profiling- Victimless Crimes, Consensual Crimes and Other Crimes
  10. Profiling in Action

The Criminal Profiling module is designed to enhance your understanding of criminal profiling techniques, a vital skill set for law enforcement officers, forensic psychologists, and criminal investigators. Starting with an introduction to criminal profiling, this module delves into various profiling methods, exploring how they are used to analyse crime scenes and understand offender characteristics. It covers in-depth analyses of different types of crimes, including sexual crimes, violent crimes, white-collar crimes, and unique categories such as victimless and consensual crimes. Victimology, a crucial aspect of profiling, is also thoroughly examined, providing insights into the relationship between victims and offenders. 

Module 7: Social Psychology

  1. Social Cognition
  2. The Self
  3. Attribution and Perception of Others
  4. Attitudes and Attitude Change
  5. Prejudice, Discrimination and Stereotypes
  6. Interpersonal Attraction
  7. Helping Behaviour
  8. Aggression
  9. Groups
  10. Cultural Influences

Learn about stereotypes, group behaviour, prejudice, attraction, attitudes and attitudinal change, interaction and much more in this module about social psychology. The module is designed with the aim to help you understand human behaviour and how society affects the individual and the group.

You will also learn the psychology behind how we interact with each other, or act as a group rather than an individual. By understanding the “natural” social needs of a person, the aim is to help you develop an increased sensitivity to other people, and better identify and assist people with attending to deficiencies in their social interactions.

Course Fees Include
  • All the required study materials and course notes.
  • One-on-one mentor and a student support advisor available to you 5 days a week.
  • Upon course completion, you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion, and a Statement of Attainment for each module completed.
Student Support

You’ll be fully supported with access to an allocated student support advisor, mentor and course consultants, who are available 5 days per week.


Assessments are an important part of your study journey as they help ensure you stay on track and meet the learning objectives of each lesson before moving on to the next. They also help your student support advisor and mentors identify where any further support may be required so that you get the most out of your course. You will learn via various methods; a combination of reading, undertaking research and watching videos. Assessments might include case studies, quizzes, and written assessments.


Upon completing the course, you will receive a Statement of Attainment for each certificate completed and a Certificate of Completion.

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites to complete this course. However, you must be able to read, analyse and comprehend, printed information in English, and to write statements and solve problems to complete the course. You must also have reliable access to a computer and a reliable internet connection and have basic computer skills.

Availability of Content

12 months to access the course content (extensions are considered on a case-by-case basis)

Approval & Recognition

The Learning Group is an approved and recognised member of IARC. The IARC is an International association which recognises quality and excellence in education providers in tertiary education.

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About the Course Provider

The Learning Group

Whether you want to stand out from the competition, move into a new industry, or turn your passion into a career, The Learning Group courses are designed to help you get ahead and stay ahead. They have a student-first approach, so you can study your way, when and how it suits you. Their courses are designed to fit in with your lifestyle, so you can continue to work and study at the same time. You’ll be fully supported with access to an allocated student support mentor and their experienced course consultants, who are available to you 5 days a week. The pathway to success looks different for everyone. As a Learning Group student, you will have the opportunity to further study with their well-rounded study program with industry associations and partnerships to deliver personal development and career success. Plus, they partner with industry-leading education providers, so you can unlock access to LinkedIn Learning. The Learning Group offers a wide range of online courses in Australia, from Aged Care to Zoology, tailored for flexible learning. The Learning Group offers a wide range of online courses in Australia, from Aged Care to Zoology, tailored for flexible learning. Their student-first approach ensures you can study at your own pace, balancing work and education. Among these offerings, the Digital Marketing Course stands out for those interested in harnessing the power of the Internet for business success. With industry partnerships and LinkedIn Learning access, these courses support career advancement and personal development, making it ideal for those looking to enhance their skills or pivot to new careers entirely, all through online study.
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