Foundations of Human Relations and Counselling

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Initial experiential and professional training in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy. Validated by COSCA. 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.

The Foundations of Human Relations and Counselling (FHRC) programme provides 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.  


Who is the Course aimed at?  The course would be 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 Structure  This course consists of 4, 30-hour modules taught intensively over 5 weekend days.

***Please note that the dates below have been updated (June 2019).


WINTER/SPRING 2019/2020 (November to May) 

Module 1:     Saturday 09 & Sunday 10 November 2019

                     Friday 06, Saturday 07 & Sunday 08 December 2019


Module 2:     Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 January 2020

                     Friday 31 January, Saturday 01 & Sunday 02 February 2020


Module 3:     Saturday 29 February & Sunday 01 March 2020

                     Friday 20, Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 March 2020


Module 4:     Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 April 2020

                     Friday 15, Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 May 2020


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 also 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.

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.  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.


Venue  The course is held at our training venue in central Glasgow with easy access by public transport and car. There is city centre parking nearby.

Fees  £380 per module for the 2019/20 academic year. Fees are reviewed each year.


Enquiries and Applications  If you have any questions about the course, please contact our office on 0141 331 2419 or use our contact form to email us.  The Organising Tutor will respond to all enquiries regarding course detail or entrance eligibility. 

Prospectus - PDF format

Typical Daily Timetable

10:00 – 11:15, Presentation

11:30 – 13:00, Experiential work

14:00 – 16:00, Skills practice

16:15 – 17:00, Learning group


Did you know...?

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