KUF Awareness Training is part of a national framework
of educational materials commissioned by Her Majesties Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and NHS England, and has been rolled out to over 60 000 people nationally.
In the South West, the regional funding is managed by the organisation Emerging Health and Oxford Health who facilitate effective roll out of KUF across all areas of the South West.
KUF is now a 2-day programme. This new two-day awareness level programme has been designed specifically for staff working on the Offender Personality Disorder Pathway. It is designed to provide students with the underpinning knowledge and understanding required to enable psychologically informed practice with service users on the Pathway. The three-day course is still available if people are able to fund it.
The purpose of the Knowledge and Understanding Framework (KUF) Awareness Level training is to support frontline staff in the criminal justice sector to learn more about the personality disorder diagnosis and associated difficulties, and to gain more insight into the various approaches that can be used to support people who live with the difficulties of personality disorder.
KUF is always delivered equally by two trainers, one of whom has lived experience of Personality Disorder.
The course consists of 2 days of facilitated learning, reflective practice exercises and three online modules.
To complete the course, students need to attend both days of the course and complete the online modules and exercises.
The online modules can be accessed once the passwords have been allocated on the first day, and students will be able to continue to access them for a further month following the final facilitation day. The online modules form part of the Virtual Learning Environment.
What does the training cover?
The aims attached to the four modules that comprise the taught days are:
• Providing a framework for understanding the development of personality difficulties
• Introducing formulation: developing an understanding of how the past might impact on the present
• Supporting staff to recognise and respond to the interpersonal dynamics that working with service users in complex settings entails
• Developing skills around team working, reflective practice and staff wellbeing.
What will I need to do on the training?
The training package is delivered in a very different way to many other training programmes and involves:
There is a break of about 2- 3 weeks between the two facilitation days to allow students enough time to complete the online modules before attending the next facilitation day and to embed learning from day one.
The time needed for the modules will vary from one individual to another but a rough guide is about 4-6 hours. It is extremely important that students work out with their workplace/organisation how the completion of this self directed work can be managed.
To be able to access the online modules, students will need access to a computer with sound and Internet.
Each facilitation day runs from 9.30am to 4.15pm.
Students will be awarded a certificate once the course has been completed.
For more information about KUF in the South West please contact.
Iola Davies South West KUF Project Manager Mobile:07977624291