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Specialist Training

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.


(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: £195 per person 

As a result of Covid-19 this course will be delivered as soon as social restrictions are lifted. If you would like to be added to a waiting list for this course please contact us on [email protected] 

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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 7 – Wednesdays, 5:30-8:30pm

07/09/22 – 27/09/23


Cohort 6 – Online via Zoom

Cohort 7 – Face to face in SMILE office in Livingston


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. 

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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.  


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: £60 per person 

As a result of Covid-19 this course will be delivered as soon as social restrictions are lifted. If you would like to be added to a waiting list for this course please contact us on [email protected] 


(Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid) 

Mental Health First Aid is an initial response to distress that provides support to people in crisis. 

The course does not train people to be mental health workers. It offers basic general information about mental health problems and helps to remove stigma and fear to give confidence in approaching a person in distress and when appropriate, signpost them on to other suitable professional help. 

The course aims to equip individuals to: 

–  preserve life 

 – provide help to prevent mental health problems or crisis developing into a more serious state 

–  promote the recovery of good mental health 

–  provide comfort to a person experiencing distress 

– Promote understanding of mental health issues 

The following is a brief outline of what is covered on the course: 

–  guidance on being a Mental Health First Aider 

–  attitudes to mental health issues 

–  equalities 

–  the recovery message 

–  the impact of alcohol and drugs on mental health 

– introduction to suicide intervention 

–  listening skills 

–  understanding depression 

–  how to offer first aid to someone experiencing depression 

– understanding anxiety 

– how to offer first aid to someone experiencing anxiety 

– understanding psychosis 

–  how to offer first aid to someone experiencing a psychotic episode. 

The course can be presented in the following formats: 

–  2 full days 

–  4 half days 

Cost of this course in total is: £120 per person 

As a result of Covid-19 this course will be delivered as soon as social restrictions are lifted. If you would like to be added to a waiting list for this course please contact us on [email protected]