The following is a list of our current postgraduate training courses at a glance.  Click on the links to find out more about the courses.

Professional Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

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

Masters in Human Relations Counselling

Diploma in Human Relations and Counselling 

Foundations of Human Relations and Counselling 

Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Children, Teenagers, Young Adults and Families 

Professional Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Young people

Entry requirements
Fees

Students complete the course with HDS while being employed as a Trainee in NHS Scotland, working under supervision.  This is funded by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and is run in partnership with HDS, Health Boards in Scotland and Robert Gordon University. 

Prospectus

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Timings
  • The course is run once every four years. 
  • 4 year, full-time clinically based professional training.
  • Teaching is currently held on Wednesday afternoons, with seminars taking place between 10am and 4:30pm.
  • The next course will commence in autumn 2021.
Application & Enquiries

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NB You need to apply for a training place at aNHS Board at the same time as you apply with HDS.

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

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Entry requirements
  • A professional qualification requiring a minimum of one year’s training in: health; social work; education or child care e.g. residential or community care, counselling or the ‘therapies’, etc.
  • One year (minimum) post-qualifying experience in work with children, young people and their families.
  • Graduates who have undertaken considerable relevant voluntary work during their undergraduate years may also be considered.
  • Continuing professional direct work with children and/or young people throughout the course at a work setting that supports the work practice and observations necessary for the course requirements.
  • A capacity to reflect on oneself in relation to work and to others.
Fees
  • In the region of £973 per module for the 2020/21 academic year.
  • The University of Strathclyde registration fee is currently £361 per module. 
Prospectus

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Timings
  • The course runs from October to June during the 30-week academic year.
  • Completing the course requires a minimum of two years part-time study for the Diploma and three years part-time study for the Masters.
  • Application deadline is Monday 31 August 2020.
Application & Enquiries

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Masters in Human Relations and Counselling

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Entry requirements
Fees
  • Course fee for the 2020/21 academic year is £3,100 (60 credit year).
  • The Robert Gordon University registration fee is currently £450 per student.
  • Tuition fees do not include personal therapy or work placement clinical supervision (about 20 to 25 hours). Applicants should take this into account when applying.
Prospectus

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Timings
  • The course runs from August to June.
  • This part-time modular programme, 8 modules taking place over 3 years.
  • Intensive weekend teaching - Saturday & Sunday (with the occasional Friday), 9:30am – 5:00pm.
  • Applications are invited for the next intake in August 2020.
  • Application deadline is Friday 31 July 2020.
Application & Enquiries

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Post Graduate Diploma in Human Relations and Counselling

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Entry requirements
  • Have a bachelor’s degree from a UK institution of first or upper second class standing or equivalent.
  • Have completed an approved initial counselling skills training course or equivalent (applicants who have completed Modules 1 & 2 of FHRC or the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills may be considered).
  • Have experience of working with people in a field relevant to counselling and a readiness to engage effectively in a counselling placement.
  • Have the capacity to work independently to ensure that they can achieve the standards necessary to complete the course satisfactorily.
  • Have a willingness to engage actively in all aspects of the course, including their own personal therapy.
Fees
  • Course fee for the 2020/21 academic year is £3,100 (60 credit year).
  • The Robert Gordon University registration fee is currently £450 per student.
  • Tuition fees do not include personal therapy or work placement clinical supervision (about 20 to 25 hours). Applicants should take this into account when applying.
Prospectus

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Timings
  • The course runs from August to June. Click here to see the timetable.
  • This part-time modular programme, taking place over 2 years.
  • Intensive weekend teaching - Saturday & Sunday (with the occasional Friday), 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • The first year of the programme can be taken as a stand-alone course, including theoretical, experiential and clinical components, which will be essential as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for a range of people-facing professionals (e.g. teachers, social workers, probation and prison staff) and will provide the means to bring a powerful and innovative richness and new depth of understanding to such work with human distress and brokenness.
  • Applications are welcome anytime of the year.  The closing date for the 2020 intake has now passed.  Applications sent after the closing date will not normally be accepted but may be considered depending on numbers.
Application & Enquiries

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A postgraduate-level Certificate in the Foundations of Human Relations and Counselling

People meeting

Entry requirements
  • All applicants are considered on the basis of suitability for the programme, irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, religion or disability.
  • The qualifications and experience of each applicant is considered to ensure that they will benefit from the programme and will be able to fulfil the objectives of the programme and achieve the standard required for an award.
  • Factors that will be considered are their ability to manage anxiety, their capacity to be reflective and thoughtful, their level of psychic maturity and the timing of the training in their life journey.
Fees

£295 per module for the 2020/21 academic year.

Prospectus

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Timings
  • The course runs from November to June. Click here to see the timetable.
  • This course consists of 4, 30-hour modules taught intensively over 5 weekend days.
  • Applications are invited for the next intake in November 2020.  
  • Application deadline is Wednesday 30 September 2020.
Application & Enquiries

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Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Children, Adolescents, Young People and Families

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Entry requirements
  • For module 1, 2 and 3 (PGCert): a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling (any theoretical basis).
  • For module 1 (taken as standalone CPD): appropriate current professional qualification (Teachers, Nursery Nurses, Social Workers, Youth Workers etc.) to support employability and career development in therapeutic work.
  • For module 3 (taken as an add on to a Certificate in Counselling CYP): Post Graduate Diploma In Counselling (any theoretical basis) and a Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People (any theoretical basis).
Fees

£1,500 for the full course or £500 per module.

Prospectus

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Timings
  • This course runs from November to June. Click here to view the timetable.
  • Classes take place one weekend a month and there will be 8 weekends in total.
  • Application deadline is Friday 31 July 2020.
Application & Enquiries

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