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

Counselling

Our mission at Human Development Scotland (HDS) is to relieve mental and emotional distress by increasing the availability of, and access to, high quality psychodynamic and psychoanalytic counselling and psychotherapy for all who need them. If you’re going through a difficult time for any reason, our counsellors are trained to help you explore your feelings and experiences in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.

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Our impact

1 in 3

people each year in Scotland are affected by mental illness

61

students currently in training with HDS 

Only 1

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

Training

Human Development Scotland (HDS) offers a range of professional and academic training courses, short courses and continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities. Courses currently on offer include the Professional Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy; MSc Psychoanalytic Observation and Reflective Practice: Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People; Diploma in Human Relations and Counselling.

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Author: Lawrence Sum

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  • 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

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  • Thinking about Adolescents: A Work Discussion Seminar

    Because of COVID-19 those of us working with adolescents are challenged as never before. How do we support them with the additional fears and anxieties they may feel caused by the pandemic? How do we manage with the adjustments we have to make due to COVID-19 in working with this age group? This series of 10 online seminars are designed to provide an opportunity for a range of professionals working with adolescents to think about these and other concerns. Read more