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 About Us

The Skills Development Service Ltd was established in 1990 to provide evidence-based, relevant and engaging training of the highest quality to health, social care, education and counselling professionals. We specialise in psychotherapy training, counselling training, and general psychological skills training as it applies to helping others, as well as to personal and managerial development. We have trained tens of thousands of staff since our inception.

Our primary aim is to provide you with gold-standard training informed, exciting and packed with practical ideas, skills and tips addressing your everyday work problems.

Exceptionally qualified and experienced presenters: All our seminar presenters and trainers are exceptionally well qualified and have extensive experience of working in public sector service organisations such as local authorities and the NHS Trusts. You'll feel confident in their knowledge and qualifications whilst knowing their career histories show that there's no theory without experience here! They are renowned for their excellent teaching skills and can present complex ideas in simple and easily comprehensible ways and frequently, not without humour.

Live and video demonstrations of techniques: All our training events provide live or video demonstrations of skills and techniques. We strongly believe that observational learning is one of the most powerful and effective learning styles available.

Group and pair exercises: Within our workshops, our trainers encourage delegates to practice techniques in group and pair exercises during the course of the day. We have evidence that this practical way of learning is particularly effective.

Quality seminar materials: When appropriate we will provide you with quality seminar materials on a free CD including photocopiable work- sheets, checklists and forms to use with your clients.

Meet and discuss common interests and problems with colleagues: There will be opportunities to network and exchange ideas with like-minded colleagues throughout our training days. Delegates on our training courses typically comprise: Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Psychiatric Nurses, Counsellors, Clinical Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Doctors, Nurses, Midwives, Health Visitors, Social Workers, Care Staff, Outreach Workers, Occupational Therapists, Speech & Language Therapists, Dietitians, Housing Support Staff, Probation Officers, Substance Misuse Workers, Community Practitioners, Youth Workers, Teachers and others; working in a variety of settings including; Adult Mental Health, Children and Adolescents, Older People, Learning Disability, Brain Injury, Forensic and Substance Misuse, Education, Local Government and the Independent Sector.

Centrally located venues: You won't have to travel far to our seminars. Our seminar topics are run from up to 11 different venues around the UK during the course of the year. If these are not convenient or you wish to provide training to a large number of your staff, please get details of our in-house packages.

Affordable pricing: We know about your financial constraints and their impact on training. That's why we price our courses to make them as accessible as possible. We offer discounts for block bookings and a variety of special promotions for returning customers.

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Delegates' Feedback:

Great course and excellent speaker.

A.H., Counsellor

Very useful and practical examples, thanks for keeping such a large group alert. I have learnt a lot of presentation skills over and above the course content.

G.P.M., EB & Training

Absolutely pertinent to my work with young people.

J.N., Lead PA, London

I can see how this will work well with my clients. Useful information that can be adapted to many examples. Examples and case studies used were good too. Thank you.

Z.C., Advocacy worker, London

Well worthwhile and encouraging.

S.E., Probation Officer, London

Very good at keeping concentration on going. Very entertaining and informative and will help me to incorporate the ideas into my day to day work.

E.H., RSW, London

Good mix of case studies, interaction and opportunity to role play.

No name given, Counsellor, London

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