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On Becoming a Mediator

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I recently undertook Core Solution’s Flagship ‘Mediation, Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills’ Course. Having been with Relationships Scotland for over 7 years, I had been very keen to explore both counselling and mediation from a practitioners viewpoint. By chance, mediation presented the first opportunity. Here’s what I learned: For many years I have found significant…

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Moving From Counselling Skills to Diploma Work

Guest blog post from Catherine Gordon, a current student on our Diploma in Relationship Counselling. Catherine will be blogging for us once every few months, giving us a valuable insight in to the demanding yet rewarding work that goes in to becoming a Relationship Counsellor. Moving from counselling skills to diploma work is a big…

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5 questions with our longest serving mediator

Robin Waterston

Robin Waterston is Relationships Scotland’s longest serving mediator – working with families in Tayside and Fife for 25 years. He’s kindly taken time out of his day to speak to us about some of the challenges and joys of being a family mediator. Robin was brought up in St. Andrews. He gained a PhD in…

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5 questions you need to ask before choosing a family mediator

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Guest post from Rosanne Cubitt, Joint Head of Professional Practice, covering all the key questions you need to ask before choosing a family mediator to work with.  1. What training has the mediator undergone and have they been assessed as competent? It is important to find out whether the mediator has been trained to provide…

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Should I become a relationship counsellor?

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Our upcoming Diploma in Relationship Counselling uniquely prepares qualified counsellors to work with both couple and individuals. Our Course Director, Prentice Smy, offers her thoughts on the five key questions people need to ask themselves before embarking on the training: Why would you want to train as a counsellor? This is a question many experienced…

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Want to train as a Relationship Counsellor?

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Our Diploma in Relationship Counselling uniquely prepares students to work both with couples and individuals. The integrative training focuses on the counselling relationship and the self-development of the counsellor. Our theoretical approach has been developed from a fusion of Psychodynamic and Systemic traditions and incorporates theories of Adult Sexuality and Relationships. Students are taught in…

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What is success?

By one of those strange quirks that occur I found out unofficially this week that I have achieved all of the Relationships Scotland course requirements and am now an Accredited Mediator with FM West. Clearly I was very pleased and relieved that all the work I have done has been worthwhile. But not having the…

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Finding the right service for you [Infographic]

Relationships Scotland Service Finder Infographic

We’re aware that it can sometimes be a daunting task getting to grips with the professional help that’s available to couples and families. We’ve been working hard with the lovely design team at The Fourth Craw to put together an infographic to help you understand the wide range of counselling, mediation and family support that’s…

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