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Dr. Linda Blud
Yvonne Copley

Dr. Linda Blud

Linda Blud Linda Blud
BSc (Hons) PhD C Psychol. AFBPsS
Chartered Forensic Psychologist
  • An experienced forensic psychologist with a background in social and developmental psychology. Her PhD research was on the topic of learning in groups and the impact of social interaction on learning.

  • Between 1990 and 2001 she worked for HM Prison Service and from 1996 onwards was Head of the Living Skills Team within Offending Behaviour Programmes Unit. She now works as a freelance forensic psychology consultant.

  • Dr Blud was a key player in the development of HM Prison Service's pioneering work on the development of group interventions with offenders. During her time with the Prison Service, she sat on numerous programme advisory groups across the UK, including HM Prison Service's Women's Policy Group, the Youth Justice Board Working Group on Programmes, the Probation Service Diversity Group, and the Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder (DSPD) Unit Peer Review.

  • The Enhanced Thinking Skills (ETS) Programme, the most widely run cognitive skills programme in the UK, was developed by Dr Blud from the original Thinking Skills programme in 1996, and she was responsible for revisions to this programme completed in 2000.

  • She led a team which introduced a range of general offending behaviour programmes to HM Prison Service, including cognitive skills (the ETS and R&R programmes), a programme for high risk violent offenders, an accredited anger management programme, and specialised programmes for juveniles and young offenders. She introduced the accreditation process for cognitive skills and other programmes in the UK and led the development of the training and auditing processes for these programmes.

  • She serves as an Expert Panel Member on three offending behaviour programme accreditation panels: the Canadian Accreditation Panel for Living Skills Programmes; the External Accreditation Panel for the Northern Irish and Irish Prison Service, the Probation Board for Northern Ireland, and the Probation and Welfare Service; and the Scottish Accreditation Panel.

  • She served as the Forensic Psychology representative on the User Panel of the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) for the UK Higher Education Funding Council.

  • In 2003 she was guest editor for a special edition of Legal and Criminological Psychology on offending behaviour programmes in prisons.

  • She currently serves as a member of the Parole Board for England and Wales.

  • Recent work includes: research and development of a revised ETS programme for psychopathic offenders; the development of a brief motivational resettlement programme for short-term offenders; the development and delivery of training in a new generic Cognitive Skills Booster programme; the development of a Problem Solving Programme for at-risk young people; the development of an intensive programme for violent offenders (for the Norwegian Correctional Service); the development of a problem solving and skills training programme for Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Centre, Wisconsin, USA. She has worked with Schools, Forensic Mental Health Services, the Prison and Probation Services in the UK, and also correctional services in Canada, the US, Northern Ireland, Norway, Holland and Sweden.

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Yvonne Copley

Yvonne Yvonne Copley
Consultant/Trainer

  • An experienced lecturer, having worked in schools and in Further and Higher Education including working within the Prison Service where she headed a department for over eight years.

  • Yvonne worked as a tutor on the Cognitive Skills Programmes and subsequently taking on the role of Treatment Manager.

  • In 1998 she moved to the Living Skills Team within the Offending Behaviour Programme Unit. As a National trainer for the Reasoning and Rehabilitation (R&R) programme she oversaw the R&R sites within the Prison Service which involved selecting, training and supporting cognitive skill tutors and Treatment Managers.

  • She has experience in setting up programmes in a variety of prisons and developed a comprehensive package to support Treatment Managers in their role and assist them in fulfilling the required audit criteria.

  • She had responsibility of reviewing programme material to ensure sensitivity to diversity issues and anti-discriminatory practice

  • She was involved in the development of the generic cognitive skills booster programmes, tutoring on the pilot programmes and subsequently worked on the revision of the manual.

  • In 2003 she left the Prison Service and now works as a freelance consultant. She has provided training for the Probation Service staff in the generic Cognitive skills Booster Programme and Enhanced Thinking Skills (ETS) programme. She developed an awareness-training package for the adapted ETS programme being delivered in the Learning Disability Unit at Rampton and conducted the training.

  • In conjunction with Dr. Blud she developed a motivational resettlement programme for the Connect Project (developed by West Mercia Probation Service) which concentrates on the resettlement of short-term offenders.

  • Recently she has been involved in training Probation Staff to deliver the Work Wise programme - a programme that is aimed at building the skills that contribute to an individual's employability with a special focus on the hard-to-place long term unemployed.

  • She has developed a training package to 'train trainers' to deliver Work Wise, and a motivational training course.

  • She has recently gained a qualification in Adult Learner Support and undertaken training to enable her to accredit courses.

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