News – Training

Great benefits from Mindfulness for Cancer Patients

Cancer patients and family members have been benefiting from a new specially tailored Mindfulness course at FDAMH. 2-hourly sessions over 8 weeks were funded by MacMillan Cancer Support and open to the Forth Valley community.

Mindfulness practice sessions are accompanied with time to reflect within sessions through group discussions and outwith the sessions as “homework”. The course’s overarching aim is to help people cope with the psychological challenges that arise from a cancer diagnosis.

Feedback from participants in the first course has been excellent and the course has helped people recognise and respond more skilfully to patterns of thinking that create and sustain emotional distress and cultivate and develop healthier life style choices, decisions and relationships.

“I feel more calm and feel able to deal with things better – I feel I have taken back some control of my life.”

“Both trainers were very knowledgeable and honest in their delivery of the course. I found their honesty very enlightening and it helped to make everyone feel at ease. There was more than adequate time and space for the attendees to have their say, and the trainers facilitated discussion very well.”

“I think this is a course that could prove to be very useful for a lot of people in similar situations.”

A second course will run in the New Year. If you are interested in attending please contact Neil Sowerby at FDAMH.

Read full evaluation on the first course

Tag: Training
30/11/2016 at 3:15 pm

A learning experience that’s a bit more special

Looking for new skills and understanding? The accredited COSCA Counselling Skills course from FDAMH Training Academy offers advanced communication skills and personal insight through one year of part-time study, fitting snugly around your work and family life commitments. Our next course starts on 31 August 2017 and concludes in June the following year.

With communication at the core of effectiveness in so much of our day-to-day work some of our students receive financial help from their employers to attend.

One of our most recent students says….
”I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the COSCA Skills course to those considering it. It can be hard work learning about yourself, in fact it can be downright tiring some weeks, but the self-awareness and understanding gained is well worth it. It was also surprisingly fun, with unexpected friends made within the whole group. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and each week I was able to apply the learning to my own life, and to practice these new skills at work and in every day interactions with people.

After completing the course I certainly feel I have new skills and understanding, which has improved my practice at work, but a fantastic tutor coupled with the laughs and personal insight gained along the way make it something a bit more special than your average course.”

Applications are now open for the August 2017 course, you can get all of the details on on the FDAMH Training Academy pages. At the current time we are only planning to run one course next year. In light of normal levels of demand, our handy location and competitive pricing we would advise anyone interested to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Tag: Training
03/11/2016 at 12:15 pm

Update on Service Activity

At FDAMH we always like to be transparent about our service activity. In line with previous years we have released our Services’ Half Year Report to provide a brief update on the volume of work we’ve been providing and any recent changes, developments and challenges we’ve been facing.

The report includes coverage of the continued increase in demand for services, especially Immediate Help; the positive benefits of our growing Activity Group programme; rotation of our Social Prescribing Service to reach more of our community; expansion of evening Counselling to help tackle waiting times; continued developments for both Befriending Services in response to client and volunteer feedback; strengthening support for families; improved ongoing support for volunteers; and the growing reputation of our Training Academy which is now a social enterprise.

Download the Report

Tag: Activities, Befriending, Counselling, Drop-In, Family/Carers Support, FDAMH, Link/Social Prescribing Service, Training, Volunteering
25/10/2016 at 1:31 pm

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