Course name

Foundations of Human Relations and Counselling (FHRC)

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is ideal for people who are looking to improve their personal and professional interactions or to explore further steps towards gaining qualifications in counselling and psychotherapy.  Teachers, social workers and other ‘people-facing’ professionals are offered invaluable insight into ‘how we come to be as we are’, as well as highlighting the possible pitfalls and disappointments that contribute to a range of emotional or behavioural difficulties and dilemmas that we may encounter. 

By choosing to focus on the psychodynamic relational perspective, you will learn about the importance of early life experience and of our human environment in determining modes of human relationships and patterns of behaviour.  The psychodynamic and relational focus underpins the interactions of students and staff. 

Course description

An introduction to psychodynamic ideas about what it means to be human, together with experiential training in communication and counselling skills incorporating psychodynamic principles.  This course gives unparalleled insight into the complexities of human interactions and is a foundation for the use of advanced communications and counselling skills.


This course is part of the Human Relations and Counselling Programme which consists of 3 parts to provide different levels of training and qualification. Hear from Course Lead, Liz Cairns, about the programme.  This video was recorded for our virtual Open Day.


  • A postgraduate-level Certificate in the Foundations of Human Relations and Counselling will be awarded after the satisfactory completion of the course. 
  • Participants should aim for 100% attendance and a minimum of 85% attendance is required to complete the course.
  • Fully validated by COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland). Equivalent to the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills considered by most institutions as a pre-requisite for further study to become a counsellor or psychotherapist.
  • This programme is managed, delivered and awarded  by Human Development Scotland and leads to an award on the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) level 8.
  • This course does not qualify you to practice as a counsellor. If you successfully complete the Foundations of Human Relations and Counselling, you can apply for the Diploma in Human Relations and Counselling

Programme structure

  • This course consists of 4, 30-hour modules taught intensively over 8 weekend days.
  • Each module consists of a mixture of taught seminars, discussion groups and one-to-one sessions some of which will be recorded and used as a teaching aid with the rest of your group. 
  • Participants will have access to relevant reading material. 
  • Class sizes are small, with each module having a maximum of 12 students, in order to deliver the best and most enriching learning experience for students.
  • Teaching takes place at the HDS training suite in central Glasgow and online.


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.

Costs and funding

  • Fees will be £375 per module or £1,500 for the year. 
  • Fees are reviewed each year.
  • A standard non-refundable application processing fee of £30 applies. To pay an application fee, you can access our payment system after submitting your online application (if you email your application, you will find payment instructions in the application form). Applications will not be processed until the application fee has been received. If you apply for more than one course, the fee is payable for each application submitted. Application fees are non-refundable, this includes in circumstances where an application is unsuccessful.
  • Our courses are not eligible for SAAS funding as we are not a publicly funded university. Click here to find out more about funding sources.

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