News – Training

FDAMH Training Academy seeks Marketing Officer

Do you have the marketing skills to help our Training Academy achieve it’s aim to improve mental wellbeing and mental health understanding in the wider community?…

Promotions and Marketing Officer
Salary: £23,000 per annum
Hours: 35 hours per week
Other: Flexible and with potential for some home-based working
Closing Date for Applications: 31st October 2016 at 5pm

FDAMH Training Academy is seeking to recruit an energetic, enthusiastic marketing officer to increase its share in the competitive market of the delivery of mental health and wellbeing training.

Although in its infancy, the Academy has already developed an excellent reputation amongst its current customer base. The key task in this role is therefore to promote the Academy and increase revenue by managing all aspects of the brand, its platforms and marketing campaigns and strategies (on and offline) to successfully generate increased requests for training. You will also be required to work in conjunction with the Training Academy Manager in respect of assisting in the day to day running of the Academy.

You will be excited at the prospect of this satisfying role that will challenge you to use all of your skills devising and implementing a complete marketing approach for the Academy and ultimately increasing awareness and understanding of mental health and wellbeing.

Interviews are planned for the week beginning 7th November.

Find out more.

Tag: FDAMH, Training
07/10/2016 at 1:58 pm

Second COSCA Counselling course set due to demand

Caroline Counselling 3

Demand is proving so high for our COSCA accredited counselling course, staff at the centre in Victoria Road, Falkirk are delighted to be delivering a second course, starting in September.

Morag Fullard, Volunteer Training & Development Coordinator, Said “We’re really overjoyed with the response to this course so far. Before we became accredited to deliver this course, people would have had to travel to Glasgow, Edinburgh or Perth and we’re delighted that we can offer it locally. With the current course now fully subscribed, it is great that we can now offer a second”

Recognised as a baseline qualification for anyone wishing to become a counsellor, the course is also for anyone looking to develop true listening and effective communication skills as well as a valuable insight with theory and hands-on practice.

Morag added, “We know 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, a carer or an employer.”
Comprising of 4 modules, the course is delivered by an experienced trainer and fully qualified counsellor in a small group setting for 3 hours per week as well as the occasional Saturday.

Wendy Nicoll, Training Facilitator, said “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 recognise if there is a problem.”

The next course will start on Thursday 1st September and will run in line with the academic year. For further information including prices, please visit or contact Morag Fullard on (01324 671 600)

Find out more about this course at

Tag: Counselling, FDAMH, Local News, Mental Health, Training
21/06/2016 at 1:40 pm

New Courses for Carers and Families!

Susan and Neil are launching an exciting programme of courses for carers and families with our very popular Mindfulness for Carers courses, which commence in March. We have a small number of spaces left – so if you’re interested please get in touch as soon as possible. We know that many of our carers have found the mindfulness courses extremely beneficial.

We were delighted to receive Creative Breaks funding from Shared Care Scotland to run these events. The courses, which will be running throughout this year, include one-off sessions and short blocks of activities, which include life skills, relaxation and creative arts.

If you’d like to sign up for our Mindfulness for Carers course please call Susan or Neil on 01324 671609, or email Susan.
Mindfulness Poster

Tag: Family/Carers Support, Training
24/02/2016 at 11:30 am

Crossing boundaries – to make sure others don’t!

This week FDAMH extended its boundaries beyond Forth Valley and delivered Understanding Boundaries Training to Third Sector colleagues in Fife. Hosted by Fife Voluntary Action, the course was aimed at volunteers, coordinators and managers working with the public and helped them understand the importance of being aware of their own boundaries as well as those of the people they are in contact with.

Delegate’s comments from the day include:
“I learned more here today than I have done in 8 months of working”
“This has given me material to think about and put into practice in my work place”
“Increased knowledge, especially on identifying personal boundaries”

You can find out more about our Boundaries Training, and other courses from FDAMH, by visiting our Training Academy.

Tag: Training
29/01/2016 at 11:51 am

Next COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate starts August 2016

How we communicate, and listen, can determine how successful we are with family, relationships, customers and our workplace colleagues.

The skills and insight you will gain from the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills are practical and useful, whether you are a professional or volunteer, a carer or helper, a sales person, a parent or a manager, or someone looking for career development.

But what are ‘Counselling Skills’? These are essentially good interpersonal or communication skills. The course will teach you these in depth, including how to use a range of verbal and non-verbal skills such as summarising, asking questions in a helpful way, attending and responding to the speaker. Developing your communication skills through the course will open up a new level of understanding about yourself and others, helping you to enhance your relationships and setting you up for improved performance in many other areas of life.

Feedback from students who have attended the course indicate just how significant the changes and benefits can be:

“As a person I have changed and evolved immensely. Skills gained I can take with me in any walk of life – personal or career wise”.

“My group has only just finished Module 2 but already people are feeding back about improvements in their practice at work, changes in the way in which they interact with family, unexpected changes in themselves, growth in confidence and much more!”

The course is open to anyone and there is no minimum entry requirement. Students include hairdressers, parents, prison officers, teachers, social care employees, funeral directors, telephone advisors, shop assistants, financial service employees, social workers, nurses, sports coaches, NHS support staff and vets!

You do need a genuine interest and a commitment to study, participate and practise the skills you learn. As the course is assessed by written and practical means, effective verbal and communication skills are necessary for you to successfully complete the course.

FDAMH’s next course will commence at the end of August 2016 and is timed to accommodate working and family life. It takes place over the course of one academic year and costs £1000 — your employer may be willing to support your costs. The COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills also provides the foundation to further study for those who wish to pursue a career as a Counsellor.

To ensure the very best experience for our students the class size is small, so please apply soon to guarantee your place.

Application forms and further information

For an informal chat about the course contact Morag Fullard on 01324 671600.

Tag: Training
22/01/2016 at 2:11 pm

Dignity in Mental Health

Dignity at Work
Dignity in mental health is the theme for World Mental Health Day 2015, taking place on Saturday 10th October. Many attempts have been made to identify what dignity actually means. However a consensus has never been reached as in reality it means something different to each person. What is important to understand is that by taking away someone’s dignity you undermine what can often already be a fragile sense of self-worth and your actions or simple thoughtlessness could cause a further decline in someone’s wellbeing.

Falkirk Mental Health Involvement Group put together some thoughts on what dignity means to them. Bear these in mind the next time you come across someone who is experiencing poor mental health!

For the group, a key theme to dignity is being treated equally and not being judged: “I am a human being like any other. Have me on an equal footing.”; “Treat me as an equal! And with mutual respect”; “Being free to be yourself—-Don’t judge me”.

The group had very varied experiences of dignity in employment. Sadly, for some, the workplace had been a very negative experience:
“In a previous place of employment a colleague raised the issue it was unfair of management to expect staff to treat me as an equal. This did not just take my dignity away, it made me feel inferior and belittled.”
“In the organisation where I once worked some people did not like being referred to as my colleague, because I had mental health issues.”
“I was refused membership of a group because of my history of mental health issues. I often wondered what perceptions some people have!”

But thankfully others had experienced how it should be in more enlightened workplaces:
“In my last employment I was very much supported when I become unwell. I was treated as an individual. Working arrangements were put in place to accommodate my needs. I was able to maintain my dignity throughout this time. This is how it should be!”
“My employer was very supportive. When I was too ill to travel they came to see me. Arrangements were put in place so I could keep in contact by e-mail. I remember being eternally grateful at the time!”

For Anne her route to dignity was through meaningful work:
“When a doctor tells you that you have a mental illness, it takes you a few days to come to terms with this information and you slip slowly into your shell. Facing people is very difficult — you just want to keep to yourself, afraid to tell anyone you have a mental illness, and your dignity has eroded so much that you feel as if you are totally alone, even in a room full of people. At Caledonia Clubhouse, I was given a T.E.P. which was a cleaning job, not really much of a job you may say but it was enough to get me back into work and the pride in my achievements this gave me. Going home that first night after work the thought came to me that I’m going home on the bus with other people going home from their work and it certainly made me feel good. As time passed and I got more jobs the better I felt and I must say my dignity started to come back because I was fighting my mental illness and it became easier all the time to face people.”

It might be surprising to learn that even family members do not always understand and that their actions, sometimes unthinking, can undermine people’s dignity:
“When I was ill and in hospital my brother refused to come and see me. He was afraid of the stigma and did not want anyone to know.”
“Although I am better now there are still times when I am not allowed to baby sit.”

So what can you do to help people preserve their dignity? Listen to the pleas of our group members and treat people with respect and as individuals. Improve your own understanding of mental health: organisations like FDAMH provide lots of opportunities for learning for individuals and workplaces and our Carers Education Course helps friends and family members develop understanding as well as strategies for coping and moving forwards. And finally, take on board these final thoughts from our group:
“Having mental health issues does not make me a bad person.”
“People are all different so it can only be expected we will suffer from different mental illnesses.”
“Recognise each individual has value and something to offer.”
“If you want to know what a person with mental health issues looks like, look in the mirror! Mental illness affects 1in 4 people so it could be you tomorrow. Mental illness does not discriminate so why should we be discriminated against!”
“We have the right to keep our dignity!”

If you would like to know more about the Falkirk Involvement Group or would be interested in being part of it please contact Linda on 01324 671600 or email Linda. To find out more about training to help you or your workplace please visit our Training Academy, or if you’re caring for a loved one take a look at Family Support.

Tag: Family/Carers Support, FDAMH, Mental Health, Training, User Involvement & Consultation
07/10/2015 at 10:46 am