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Singapore Government

Centre for Forensic Mental Health (CFMH)

Centre for Forensic Mental Health (CFMH)

CFMH Mission

  • To empower offenders to lead socially responsible lives.
  • To enhance our partners’ capabilities to foster a safe community
  • To ensure highest ethical standards in our practices

What We Do

  • Provide assessment and treatment for youth and adults with sexual and violent offending behaviours.
  • Provide specialised training and consultation for MSF staff and community partners in the detection and management of offending behaviours.
  • Provide assistance to courts and external agencies in the form of consultations and assessments.
  • Partner with community agencies to expand the provision of treatment and support services for clients with offending behaviours.
  • Conduct treatment efficacy research for CFMH programmes, as well as collaborative research with external agencies, so as to improve local knowledge and understanding of offending.
  • Inform polices on offender management and rehabilitation.

Secialised Treatment Programmes

  • Positive Adolescent Sexuality Treatment (PAST): A comprehensive cognitive-behavioural group treatment programme for adolescents who have committed sexual offending or have engaged in sexually abusive behaviours.
  • Positive Psychotherapy Group (PPG): A cognitive-behavioural group treatment programme for adult men who have committed sexual offending or have engaged in sexually abusive behaviours.
  • Basic Education and Sexuality Treatment (BEST): A specialised treatment programme for adolescent and adult males with special needs (e.g., intellectual disability) who have committed sexual offending or engaged in sexually abusive behaviours.
  • Violence Prevention Programme (VPP): A comprehensive cognitive-behavioural group treatment programme for adolescents who have committed violent offending or engaged in serious or chronic aggression

Ongoing Research

  • Programme evaluation of PAST, PPG, VPP, and BEST
  • Validation of risk assessment tools
  • Issues pertaining to youth criminality, recidivism, and rehabilitation of offenders
  • Issues relating to preventive measures for youth at risk
  • Role of protective factors in offending

Talks and Training

  • Risk assessment and treatment of violent and sexual offending behaviours
  • Management and treatment of sexual behaviour problems and aggression
  • Understanding general offending behaviours
  • Child investigative interviewing
  • Child-safe environments
  • Crisis intervention and debrief