We exist to improve mental health and emotional wellbeing through professional training, CPD and the provision of counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland

Our impact

1 in 3

people each year in Scotland are affected by mental illness


students currently in training with HDS 

Only 1

HDS are the only training school in Scotland for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists


Human Development Scotland (HDS) offers a range of professional and academic training courses, short courses and continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities.


Author: Lawrence Sum

Latest news

  • Looking after our mental health in uncertain times

    Infectious disease outbreaks, like the current Coronavirus (COVID-19), can be scary and can affect our mental health. While it is important to stay informed, there are also many things we can do to support and manage our wellbeing during uncertain times. Here are some tips from members of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) which we hope will help you, your friends and your family to look after your mental health. Read more

Latest events

  • ISE: Therapeutic approaches with vulnerable babies and young children: observation, attention and play

    This study event is about the value of observation and close attention for babies and young children who may be vulnerable to psychological and attachment difficulties. Jennifer will bring case studies which explore the potential for observation-based therapeutic approaches to support caregivers, social workers, and professional networks. Read more