Course name

Foundations of Human Relations and Counselling (FHRC)

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.

  • 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 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

Please note: if you are thinking of applying for our November 2020 intake, the closing date for applications is 30 September 2020

Programme structure
  • This course consists of 4, 30-hour modules taught intensively over 5 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.
Dates for November 2020 to June 2021

Module 1

  • Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November 2020
  • Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December 2020

Module 2

  • Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th January 2021
  • Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th February 2021

Module 3

  • Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th March 2021
  • Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th April 2021

Module 4

  • Friday 7th, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th May 2021
  • Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th June 2021
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.
  • In the region of £295 per module for the 2020/21 academic year.
  • Fees are reviewed each year.
Enquiries and application
  • Applications are invited for the next intake in November 2020.  Application deadline is Wednesday 30 September 2020.  Applications after this date will not normally be accepted but may be considered depending on numbers.
  • Complete the application form here.
  • For more information contact [email protected] or call 0141 331 2419.

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