Welcome

The virtual Open Day has now finished but you can still look at the Open Day resources below.

We hope the following information can help you as you research and make a decision about postgraduate training opportunities.

We wish you all the best in your pursuit of developing your career and hope that you choose HDS to help you further your knowledge and skills.

Please click on the links below to access a variety of information and resources about professional training at HDS:

About Human Development Scotland

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HDS is a not-for-profit organisation and our mission 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.

Our objectives are to improve health and social care professionals’ understanding of, and ability to apply, psychodynamic ways of thinking; and to reduce mental distress by delivering psychodynamic counselling and psychoanalytic psychotherapy to the public.

We offer the following:

Our training courses for professionals translate the psychodynamic, psychoanalytic and systemic ideas, on which all our works is based, into practical tools for understanding the central role that human relationships play in our mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Watch this short video about our professional training at HDS.

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Presentations from our Course Leads

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Today, we have launched our video presentations from our Course Leads to tell you more about our professional training courses.  We hope these short videos are helpful to you.

Hear from Course Lead, Joanne Young about:

  • MSc in Psychoanalytic Observation and Reflective Practice: Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People (TWCYP)
  • Professional Doctorate in Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (CAP)

Hear from Course Lead, Liz Cairns about:

The Human Relations and Counselling (HRC) programme – Masters and Postgraduate Diploma; and Certificate in the Foundations of Human Relations and Counselling

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Other Open Day resources

We have a variety of information and resources about professional training at HDS to help you as you research and make a decision about postgraduate training opportunities.  Click on the links below.

At A Glance: Courses, Prospectus, Fees & Applications Man on tablet At a glance look at the professional training on offer from HDS. Information and links to course information, including: entry requirements, fees, timings, applications and enquiries.
What is the Psychodynamic Approach? Path through trees At the heart of our work at HDS is psychodynamic theory. At HDS, we believe that psychodynamic approaches, in contrast to many other types of help, support individuals to go beyond self knowledge which is consciously available to them, and supports these individuals to address difficult and painful issues which they have been (unconsciously) hiding from themselves.
Why Choose HDS? Garden door There are many considerations when choosing to invest your time and resources to develop your further education. Here are reasons why HDS can help you in your professional development.
What Do Our Students Say? Students Watch the videos and read the comments from our students. Hundreds of professionals have been equipped by HDS and have used the experience in their work as teachers, social workers and in other ‘people-facing’ professions.
Funding Calculator Information for prospective students on how to fund their professional training.

See all the Open Day resources here

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Ask us a question

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Our teaching staff would be delighted to answer any questions you may have.

If you have pre-booked a Question & Answer meeting for today's Open Day, you will have been sent the Zoom meeting information by email.  The 15-minute meetings take place from 10am to 1pm today.  If you have not received or have lost your Zoom meeting information, please email [email protected]

If you have not been able to pre-book a Question & Answer meeting, we would still like to help answer any questions you may have.  Please click on the links below to complete an enquiry form.  We will get back to you as soon as we can. 

Professional Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy 

MSc Psychoanalytic Observation and Reflective Practice: Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People  

Diploma or Masters in Human Relations and Counselling  

Foundations of Human Relations and Counselling  

Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Children, Young People and Families  

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Thank you for taking the time to join us for our virtual Open Day.

We wish you all the best in your pursuit of developing your career and hope that you choose HDS to help you further your knowledge and skills.

Booking for this event has now closed.