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 16) 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: £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 info@smilecounselling.org.uk

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)

CERTIFICATE IN COUNSELLING SKILLS

S.M.I.L.E Counselling is a COSCA Validated Training Provider and all our COSCA course trainers are qualified counsellors.

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 either 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.

Currently delivered by Zoom, the course provides 120 hours of training towards a level 8 SCQF certificate validated by COSCA. (40 SCQF credits)

Our course modules are £280 per module, equating to £1,120 for the full course. This includes all course hand books, materials and certificates.

Module 1 will focus on Listening, Module 2 Responding, Module 3 Self-reflection and Module 4 focuses on 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, please click on COSCA’s Certificate in Counselling Skills Information Leaflet.

Change of Date

Our next course now starts Wednesday 30th June, 2021 5.30pm to 8.30pm

Spaces Available on our next course

(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   

The course is 4 full days or 8 half days with dates to be confirmed. 

The cost of the full course including the pre-online module, taught modules, materials, handbooks and certificates is £495. 

This will be delivered online initially until social distancing measures are relaxed. 

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

If you would like to be put on the waiting list for the next cohort, which will likely be after Easter, 2021, please email us requesting to be put on the M.W.A.H Training waiting list at:  info@smilecounselling.org.uk

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 info@smilecounselling.org.uk

(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 info@smilecounselling.org.uk