Falkirk’s centre for mental health has become the only establishment in Forth Valley to teach a respected counselling course.
Falkirk and District Association for Mental Health (FDAMH), which has its premises in Victoria Road, was accredited last month from Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA) to deliver the Certificate in Counselling Skills Training .
But the course is also being pitched as a way of improving communication and listening skills for everyone from parents to professionals.
With the first course starting in September already almost fully subscribed, staff at FDAMH are delighted.
Morag Fullard, volunteer and training development officer said: “We’re very excited.
“Previously people who wanted to take this course would have to travel to Glasgow or Edinburgh or Perth.
“We knew there was a demand for this course. People are becoming much more aware of the importance of improving their listening skills, whether they are a parent, carer or employer.
“And for anyone thinking about becoming a counsellor, it’s a baseline qualification.”
Wendy Campbell, training facilitator said: “This course is an excellent gateway for a huge range of careers and improving the way you deal with situations.
“Although it’s a counselling course, it’s really about advanced communication.
“It teaches people to listen, how to approach difficult conversations, and how to pick up on if there is a problem.
“It also teaches self-awareness.
“I think there is only one space left for the first course in September, but if there is demand, we will run two courses.”
For more information, visit www.fdamh.org.uk or call (01324) 671600.