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May 2019

Understanding the Perspectives of Criminal Psychology

Course Information

Start Date 13 May 2019, Monday
End Date 14 May 2019, Tuesday
Time 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
Venue 100 Orchard Road, Concorde Hotel Singapore
Fee $850 (Excluding GST) Inclusive of buffet lunch, light refreshments and course materials
Contact 6720 3333 (Ms Chye Fen) chyefen@asm.edu.sg
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Why do people commit the crimes they do? Why are certain behaviours identified as criminal? As the crime problems today become an increasingly central focus, you will acquire the methodological skills and theoretical tools that criminology practitioner’s use, and study specific ways of understanding people and their behaviour. This workshop situates criminology as a multidisciplinary social science and raise issues related to the scientific study of crime as a social object. It will emphasize general and widely transferable critical thinking and analytical skills, as participants reflect and explicate the key ideas about crime in the society. The inclusion of social psychological elements further equip workshop participants with an understanding of how social context influences our thoughts, feelings and behavior. There will be application of the concepts to real world problems and relevance in our own lives.

Key Takeaways

This course is filled with field-tested methodologies and tactical directions designed to prevent, contain, manage and resolve emergencies and critical incidents efficiently and effectively.

1.Impact of Social Psychology on criminal  – Understand and explain the factors that lead people to behave in a given way in the presence of others and the conditions under which certain behaviours and feelings occur.

2.Availability Heuristics & its effects – Examining mental shortcut that relies on immediate examples that come to mind and its effects.

3.Fundamentals to Personality – Introduction to basic theories of personality; learn personality system & sub-system, resisting personality and conformity.

4.Singapore’s Criminal Justice System – Introduced to criminology; Examine how Singapore governed in the context of law has shaped the criminal justice with reference to criminal statistics; Social contract

5.Positivist Criminology & Criticism –Focuses on studying the relationship between criminal behaviour and any external factors and criticism.

Course Outlines


  1. Origins and Development of Criminology
  2. Statistics on Crime and their meanings
  3. Why people commit crime? Explanations of Crime


  1. Persuasion techniques
  • Distinguish the two routes of persuasion
  • Effective marketing/ sales: Strategies to employ the elements of persuasion
  1. Altruism and helping behaviour
  • Understanding the motivations behind helping behaviour
  • Why people help (or don’t help)
  • Factors to increase helping
  1. Personality
  • Personality assessments
  • Working out personalities for teamwork and leadership
  1. Self-concept- Understand yourself
    • Self-esteem test
    • Self-control
    • Presentation of self
Who Must Attend?

The delivery is intensive, interactive and work-oriented, employing a variety of industry methodologies and including presentations and case studies as well as group discussions.

  • Corporate and government security professionals, Operations Managers, Security professionals of hotels, places of interests, tourist attractions and security consultancy companies;
  • Working professionals such as managers and engineers in the IT, security and legal industries;
  • Security consultants, security analyst, trainers and advisors seeking to enhance their professional status and development
  • Site security/facility managers and engineers and Individuals tasked with risk management and homeland security
  • Design and security architects/engineers/ Security project managers

“I have been very impressed with this course as there was a totally professional approach to class engagement and he very quickly identified our needs, offering a 1st class training course. There was excellent communication from her that gave us confidence in our work every step of the way. I would not hesitate to recommend this course.”– Khalil Hamid, Senior Security Officer for CISCO

“Not only is the trainer very helpful and friendly, she has a good understanding of the subject due to her extensive practical experience; and even more importantly, a good understanding of how to work with us as participants during the two-day course.”– Roland Dermott, Systems Analyst for SGX Singapore

“Very professional and also very approachable. The trainer kept in touch with everyone in class and made sure our needs were met. If I needed to chat about industry trends, she made time for me. Also, she has a very good understanding of my industry.” – Holly See, Security Training Manager, Singapore Customs

Trainer Profile

Criminology Profiling Expert: Ms Joanna Yeo

Miss Joanna Yeo has at least 15 years of teaching experience in Sociology, Social Psychology and Criminology. She is the first Singaporean to graduate from University of Oxford, Master’s degree programme in Criminology & Criminal Justice. In her early career as a senior uniform officer, Joanna was in Singapore Prison service and had done research work for Singapore Police Force. She had also worked in Singapore Boys’ Home, Kaki Bukit Prison School, Institute of Mental Health and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

When Joanna became a full-time teaching staff in the National University of Singapore, she was awarded the research scholarship to pursue her second Master’s degree in Sociology. She also taught in Nanyang Technological University, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Nanyang Polytechnic. Currently, she is an adjunct instructor in Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), Singapore Institute of Management (SIM), Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and various UK, US and Australia degree programmes.

Joanna is an engaging instructor and is excited to meet you in the workshop for an intriguing learning journey!