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.

ASIST

(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

SAFETALK

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

COSCA CERTIFICATE IN COUNSELLING SKILLS

(Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland)

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

The course consists of four modules, each comprising 30 hours of formal instruction. Over the course duration, these are accumulated to gain the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills.

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

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

This is an accredited counselling course which, on completion, can enhance employment opportunities and open possible further study options.

Participants will learn:

  • About counselling skills and approaches
  • How to apply these skills either within the workplace or for personal development
  • About 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, COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland) provides a Certificate in Counselling Skills Information Leaflet.

Upcoming start dates for this course are:

Monday 24th Aug 9.30am – 12.30pm

Thursday 27th Aug 5.30pm – 8.30pm

As a result of Covid-19 this course will be delivered online via a zoom platform. However, as soon as social restrictions lift and we are allowed to return to the classroom this will be an essential requirement.

If you are interested in taking part in this course please contact us on info@smilecounselling.org.uk

SMHFA

(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