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S.M.I.L.E. Counselling provides training for both professionals and members of the community. Our courses allow you to gain certification across a range of specialisms. Counselling, Psychotherapy, Suicide First Aid Intervention & Prevention, Mental Health First Aid.

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(Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) 

A two-day skill building workshop that prepares participants to provide suicide first-aid interventions. 

ASIST trains participants to reduce the immediate risk of suicide and increase the support for a person at risk.  The workshop helps participants recognise what a person at risk may need from others in order to keep safe and get help. 


As an ASIST trained first aid intervention caregiver, you will be better able to: 

  • Identify people who have thoughts of suicide 
  • Seek a shared understanding of the reasons for thoughts of suicide and the reasons for living 
  • Review current risk and develop a plan to increase safety from suicidal behaviour 
  • Follow up on all safety commitments, accessing further help as needed 
  • Recognise invitations for help 
  • Reach out and offer support 
  • Apply a suicide intervention model 
  • Link people with community resources 



ASIST is for everyone (over the age of 18) and can help both professionals and members of the community such as ;  emergency service workers, counsellors, teachers, ministers, mental health staff, workers in health, welfare and justice, parents/relatives and community volunteers. 

Cost of this course in total is: £210 per person 

Next Course:

Cohort 1 – Thursday 8th & Friday 9th of September

Cohort 2 – Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd of October

Cohort 3 – Monday 7th & Tuesday 8th of November

09:00 – 16:30 for all days, both days must be completed.


Cohort 1 – Donaldson’s School, Linlithgow

Cohort 2 – S.M.I.L.E. Counselling offices

Cohort 3 – Donaldson’s School, Linlithgow


£210 in total

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Participant Feedback

“The course has been fantastic so far, it has gone beyond my expectations. Really enjoying it.” 

“This has really helped me find a way to support people without losing myself in the process” 


(Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland) 


SMILE Counselling is a COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland) Validated Training Provider.  


This fun and fast paced course suits all those who are interested in developing self awareness and counselling skills. This is an experiential course with delivery including group activities, media, skills practice and written text. It is ideal if you are in, or considering, employment in a helping role. While this course does not lead to a qualification suitable for practicing counselling, it can assist you in your next step in applying for further study in Counselling and Psychotherapy.   

The course provides 120 hours of training towards a level 8 SCQF certificate validated by COSCA (40 SCQF credits). The four modules each contain elements of skills, knowledge, self-awareness and ethics, which includes an element of self-reflection within a confidential environment. There are four themes associated with the modules:   

  • Module One: listening   
  • Module Two: responding   
  • Module Three: self-reflection   
  • Module Four: integration   


Our course participants are already benefitting from and appreciating learning about:   

  • Counselling skills and approaches   
  • The application of these skills either within the workplace or for personal development   
  • The difference between Counselling as a professional activity and Counselling Skills that could prove valuable for people in a wide variety of occupations.   

For further information, view the Certificate in Counselling Skills Information Leaflet here.

or email: [email protected]

Next Course:

Cohort 6 – Tuesdays, 5:30-8:30pm

06/09/22 – 26/09/23


Cohort 6 – Online, via Zoom


The cost is £280 per Module (£1120 for the whole course including materials, handbooks and certificate).

Payment is due for each module in advance. 

A £100 deposit will secure successful applicants. 

Individual Training Account (ITA) – you may be eligible for funding via the Skills Development Scotland for this course. For more information, visit: 

SDS Individual Training Accounts (ITA) | My World of Work

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Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

Welcome to the Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, working with Children, Young People and Adults. 

S.M.I.L.E. Counselling & Training have set this Diploma with the aim to provide a solid foundation in the integrative approach to counselling practice. The course is based upon the Humanistic, Person-Centred modality, recognising the individual strengths and qualities of the therapeutic agreement. 

This course is theoretically informed by Person-Centred, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural theories. There is an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship, self-awareness, empowerment of clients, and awareness of social and cultural contexts as being at the core of therapeutic change. The final module focuses on the competences of therapeutic practice, working with children and young people. The course is anticipated to be credit rated at SCQF level 10/11. 

Course requirements: 

  • 400 taught hours
  • 100 clinical hours
  • 20 hours ongoing clinical supervision at a ratio of 1:6
  • A minimum of 16 hours personal therapy is suggested

The Diploma is a part-time programme, delivered over 2 years. The academic year for the course runs over a 10-month period from September to June, with breaks in line with the West Lothian Academic calendar. 

View the further information below. If you have any questions, please contact: [email protected]

Next Course:

1 weekend per month,

Fridays – 5:00 – 8:30pm

Saturdays & Sundays – 9:30 – 6:00pm

Beginning – 24/09/22 & 25/09/22


Face to face in SMILE office in Livingston


The total cost is £7,500.

A £100 deposit will secure successful applicants.

View the Course Fees file for more details. 

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(Mental Wellbeing and Health) 

S.M.I.L.E. Counselling has developed this course with our whole community in mind.  Our aim is to be able to deliver this not only within communities but to professionals and young people in schools.    

This will be a 9-module course covering the following topics:  

Pre-Course Module 1 – Safeguarding Level 2 (required to be completed online 7 days prior to beginning the taught element of the course).  

Module 2 – Wellbeing and Recovery    

Module 3 – Depression & Mood    

Module 4 – Suicide Awareness  

Module 5 – Stress & Anxiety  

Module 6 – Understanding Young People & Self -harm  

Module 7 – Child Sexual Exploitation & Online Safety  

Module 8 – Attachment & Relationships  

Module 9 – Bereavement & Loss      


You do not need any formal or previous qualifications to attend.  

You can purchase the full course for your company. If you would like to join us on the course,  please email us requesting an application form at [email protected] 

Next Course:



Online via Zoom


The cost of the full course including the pre-online module, taught modules, materials, handbooks and certificates is £495.  You will be invoiced ahead of the course starting.  

Individual Training Account (ITA) – you may be eligible for funding via the Skills Development Scotland for this course. For more information, visit: 

SDS Individual Training Accounts (ITA) | My World of Work


safeTALK is a half-day (3.5 hours) suicide prevention training course that can help you make a difference. Know what to do if someone’s suicidal by following the easy to remember TALK steps – Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep-safe. These practical steps offer immediate help to someone having thoughts of suicide and help you both move forward to connect with more specialised support. 

The safeTALK course complements the more comprehensive 2-day ASIST course by conveniently widening the net of suicide alert helpers to ensure that thoughts of suicide aren’t missed, dismissed or avoided. 

safeTALK is informative, clear and concise and is suitable for all community members and professionals. 

The course aims to: 

–  Identify people thinking of suicide 

–  Overcome barriers in talking about suicide 

–  Identify reasons we may miss, dismiss or avoid suicide 

– Practice using the 4-step model of suicide alertness 

– Connect people at risk of suicide with further appropriate help 

– Move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide 

– Identify people who have thoughts of suicide. 

– Apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep-safe) to connect a person thinking about suicide to a suicide intervention resource. 

Cost of this course in total is: £65 per person 

Next Course



Face to face

Based in West Lothian


£65 in total