Counselling and mental health training

The Spark is a leading provider of counselling courses, psychotherapy training and mental health first aid training in Scotland. Our courses are tailored to all levels providing introductory, intermediate and advanced training.

The quality of our teaching and innovation is recognised by our status as an approved SQA Training Centre. Giving students reassurance that their education and training is of the highest academic standards.

Training the next generation of counsellors

We take what we learn in the counselling room and use it to create counselling training that has real world applications. In addition to our own bespoke training and Diploma courses in counselling, The Spark is proud to deliver both the Certificate in Counselling Skills and Mental Health First Aid training.

Learn more about the wide-range of counselling courses The Spark offers below or take a look at our advanced, intermediate and entry-level training opportunities.

Diploma in Relational Counselling (2 years)

This Diploma in Counselling provides an over-arching training for counsellors seeking to counsel relationally, combining multiple modalities.

The Relational Counselling Diploma is one of the most advanced psychotherapy training courses in Scotland, encouraging students to deepen their theoretical understanding, examine their beliefs and attitudes, and develop skills appropriate to inter-relational counselling.

Apply to join our next Diploma in Relational Counselling programme or learn more about the course.

COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills

The Certificate in Counselling Skills is an excellent introduction to counselling theory and practice. For those considering a career in counselling, the Counselling Skills certificate is the ideal first step and a widely recognised qualification. The Spark is unique in only using professional counsellors to deliver this course, offering trainees added insight into the profession.

Students undertaking this course may be eligible for SAAS Part-Time Fee Grant (up to £402) when undertaking all 4 modules of the Certificate in Counselling Skills. Discover more about this course, funding options, how to apply and where we are hosting the next Certificate in Counselling Skills in Scotland.

Scottish Mental Health First Aid Training (SMHFA)

Mental Health First Aid training teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue. The course is the primary mental health first aid training programme in Scotland and provides essential skills and understanding.

Find out more about Scottish Mental Health First Aid training with The Spark, how to apply and the locations of our next mental health course.

Scottish Mental Health First Aid for Young People

Building upon the success of the adult Mental Health First Aid programme, The Spark also hosts training dedicated to individuals supporting, or interacting with, children and young people. This is an ideal course for adults working with young people in a wide-range of settings from education and youth groups to social services, community outreach and employability.

Learn more about Scottish Mental Health First Aid for Young People, how to apply and where we are hosting our next courses in Scotland.

Advanced Course in Counselling Supervision

This bespoke, advanced counselling training for experienced psychotherapists and supervisors is designed to equip professionals to supervise at a psychotherapeutic level. Validated by COSCA and credit rated by the SQA the course

The course uses multi-model frameworks for supervision including Proctor and Inskipp, Hawkins and Shohet along with Egan’s Skilled Helper model.

Find out more about the Advanced Course in Counselling Supervision from The Spark including how to apply, course dates and locations.

Relationship First Aid

Grounded in The Spark’s traditional expertise in relationship counselling and support, Relationship First Aid is an innovative experiential course. Aimed at individuals seeking to better understand and support relationship issues presented by their clients, it is hugely popular in the health care, housing, social work, social care, education and employability sectors.

Discover more about Relationship First Aid training, how to apply and upcoming dates for training in Scotland.


The Spark is changing the way it delivers its counselling and support services in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please read our latest update on how to access our services during this challenging time.