Post Graduate Diploma in Human Relations and Counselling

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Fully validated by COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland)

This part-time modular programme, taking place over 2 years, 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.

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 for a range of people-facing professionals (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.

The primary aim of Human Development Scotland is the promotion of relationship as central to human development. The psychodynamic perspective describes a way of understanding human relations, by recognising and valuing the connections, which may not always be at a conscious level, between an individual’s past and present experience. This psychodynamic and relational focus will also underpin the interactions of participants, supervisors and staff, and in the clinical placement. The programme is validated by COSCA. The course team is working towards recognition by BPC, BACP and UKCP.

The HRC programme aims to:

  • prepare participants to become practising Psychodynamic Counsellors who work sensitively, competently and ethically

  • equip participants to act in an autonomous practitioner role as Psychodynamic Counsellor with individual clients by the acquisition and integration of the relevant clinical skills, a theoretical framework, and enhanced reflective self-awareness, and so enable them to become eligible for COSCA or BACP accreditation

  • support participants in developing a familiarity with the range of social, cultural and religious contexts from which clients may be drawn so that they may become culturally sensitive practitioners

  • facilitate and develop participants’ awareness of the ethical principles and personal qualities required to practise as a Psychodynamic Counsellor.

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.

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August 2019 - June 2020, intensive weekend teaching - Saturday & Sunday (with occasional Friday) 09:30 - 17:00

August & September - Friday 30 August, Saturday 31, Sunday 01 September, Saturday 21, Sunday 22

October - Saturday 26, Sunday 27

November - Saturday 16, Sunday 17

December - Saturday 14, Sunday 15

January - Friday 17, Saturday 18, Sunday 19

February - Saturday 15, Sunday 16

March - Saturday 07, Sunday 08, Saturday 28, Sunday 29

April - Friday 24, Saturday 25, Sunday 26

May - Saturday 09, Sunday 10, Saturday 30, Sunday 31

June - Saturday 20, Sunday 21


Course fees for the 2019/20 academic year are £2,835 (60 credit year). 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. 

Applications are invited for the next intake in August 2020 and interviews will take place from April to July. To apply, please complete an application form (available above) and email to Lynne Learmonth at by Tuesday 12 May 2020. Applications after this date will not normally be accepted, but may be considered depending on numbers.

For more information on the diploma, contact the Course Leader on 0141 331 2419 or email

Did you know...?

If you successfully complete the Foundations of Human Relations and Counselling course, you can apply for the Diploma in Human Relations and Counselling