About Human Development Scotland

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Human Development Scotland offers the training and services previously delivered by the Scottish Institute of Human Relations. These have at their heart the psychodynamic, psychoanalytic and systemic ideas that offer a profound understanding of how people relate to one another. Our training courses for professionals working particularly in the NHS, social services, education and voluntary sector translate these ideas into practical tools for understanding the central role that human relationships play in our mental health and emotional wellbeing. Our vision, mission and objectives are outlined below. 

A Scottish charity

Human Development Scotland (HDS) was registered as a Scottish charity in December 2012.


Our aim is to​ improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of individuals, families and communities in Scotland regardless of context and means, and increase the effectiveness of organisations to the public good by:

  • providing professional education as a means to increase the resilience of individuals and communities and for the understanding and development of mental health and emotional wellbeing in all contexts


  • providing accessible and affordable therapeutic services


  • supporting professionals in their work through CPD, supervision and opportunities for reflective practice and organisational consultancy services


  • promoting the study of mental health and emotional wellbeing


  • undertaking research to contribute to the evidence base for interventions in these areas and disseminate the results

     Click here for our Code of Conduct.

                           Click here for our Safeguarding Policy.

How we're governed

HDS is governed by a board of trustees made up of professional counsellors, therapists and consultants from within the HDS membership and trustees appointed from elsewhere who bring complementary skills and knowledge to support the effective governance of the charity. Complaints procedure.

As a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), HDS is regulated by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

Tayside and Fife Group

This regional group meets once a month in Perth. Members, associates and invited guests are welcome. For more information contact Kate Cullen on 07984 759 900.

The group is open to all members. Its aim is to provide a supportive and inclusive learning environment for the discussion of both theory and practice. Those who attend are from a variety of professional backgrounds but have in common a commitment to psychodynamic thinking.