Course name

Human Relations and Counselling (HRC)

Course description

This part-time modular programme provides the opportunity for professional training as a Psychodynamic Counsellor, and includes:

  • theoretical study
  • skills practice supervised clinical practice in a placement
  • development of a critical awareness of underlying relational dynamics
  • development of the capacity to work sensitively and constructively with issues of diversity and equalities.

Graduates of the 2-year programme will be in a position to work therapeutically within areas such as NHS primary and secondary care, student counselling, employee assistance programme work (EAP), other related settings and as independent practitioners.  This course was previously delivered as the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and Therapeutic Practice.

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Human Relations and Counselling.
  • Year 1 of the course may be taken on a ‘stand-alone’ basis. A postgraduate-level Certificate in Human Relations and Counselling will be awarded after the satisfactory completion of Year 1 requirements.
  • Fully validated by COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland).
  • This programme is managed, delivered and awarded by Human Development Scotland and leads to an award on the SQA’s Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework. It has been validated by Robert Gordon University.

Like many organisations that provide training and education programmes, we have adapted our training to deliver this online (where possible) due to COVID-19. We are continuing to accept applications for our training courses and we will continue with contingency plans to deliver some of our teaching remotely or in a mixed format to to ensure that the health of students and staff is our priority.  

 Programme structure
  • 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.
  • Teaching takes place at the HDS training suite in central Glasgow.
Entry requirements

All applicants are considered based on suitability for the course, irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, nationality, social class, parental status, disability, sexual orientation, religious belief or age.  Applicants are normally required to:

  • 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 to 4 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.
  • Fee for 2021/22 academic year to be confirmed.  It was £3,100 (60 credit year) for the 2020/21 academic 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.
  • Course fees are reviewed annually and reflect any increase in university accreditation/registration fees. 
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