2-Day KUF

Subject matter is relevant to improving own work within the service with ways to create better outcomes. 

Probation Officer, 2019

2 young men talkingThe 2-day KUF is designed to provide students with the underpinning knowledge and understanding required to enable psychologically informed practice with service users on the Pathway. The design of the delivery mechanisms for this programme is crucial to ensure that participants are supported to transfer their learning into their work contexts and make real changes to service user experience. 

The theoretical and practical thread that runs throughout this training, is that the capacity to reflect – to think about our experience – is core to good practice, and is closely related to the difficulties associated with ‘personality disorder’ in criminal justice and forensic settings. So, the psychological and practice models used share an emphasis on being able to notice, name and manage challenging emotional states in a way that does not cause significant harm or distress, to self and/or other.

Institute for Mental Health – Delivery Protocol

Why 2-Day KUF?

This course is best suited to those who work with prisoners and individuals with an offending history. The 2-day KUF course is designed to provide:

− A deeper understanding of how personality disorders can develop

− An understanding of reactions and responses within different complex contexts 

− Time to reflect on current practices and potential improvements to services

− Understanding of how a common approach by services can support an individual dealing with complex issues.

– Experiential learning as an important tool to help staff to engage in the learning process 


Course focus

  • What are personality disorders?
  • Past experiences on present behaviour
  • Understanding different perspectives
  • Understanding formulations
  • Criminal Justice organisations and supporting teamworking 
  • Positive outcomes and responses
  • Self care


Course structure

The KUF Awareness course is delivered through 2 facilitated training days with two weeks apart on each day to allow time to access online materials. 

The course consists of a mixture of group work, videos and practical exercise to enhance the skills and understanding of the course content.