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Counselling Training

We ran a successful Counselling Training Project from April 2004 to June 2007.

The Counselling Training Project came about as a result of many years of campaigning by SCoD and other organisations to raise the profile of mental health issues among deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and deafblind people.

The then Scottish Executive and Big Lottery Fund funded the Project for three years. The Project’s key tasks were to facilitate the training of deaf and deafblind people in Counselling Skills, with a view to some students continuing on to complete their Diploma and enter the profession. The Project also included raising the awareness, knowledge and appropriate communication skills of mainstream counsellors to equip them for communication with deaf clients.

The Project delivered three certificate courses in counselling skills for deaf people, one introduction to counselling course for deafblind people, deaf and deafblind awareness courses for mainstream counsellors and a BSL course for mainstream counsellors. The Project published a series of leaflets and factsheets:

  • What is counselling?
  • Is your counselling service accessible?
  • Advice for GPs on counselling

As a final part of the Project, a useful DVD was prepared and is available to view within our site: being updated (Adobe Flash required)

 What is counselling?

This leaflet is aimed at deaf people who need counselling or who simply want to know a bit more about counselling.


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Is your counselling service accessible?

This leaflet is aimed at mainstream counsellors, offering them advice and information on how to make their service accessible to deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind people.

CounsellingAccessible  Click the leaflet to download a pdf copy
If your client is deaf you may need to arrange communication support.

Advice for GPs on counselling – MARCH 2019: this leaflet does not contain current information about counsellors working with deaf people in Scotland 2019 0nwards 

Advice for GPs on counselling your deaf and deafblind patients.

This leaflet is aimed at GPs, health professionals and care workers wanting to refer a deaf or deafblind person to a counsellor.

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