About Us

SDS Training Company 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 worked with 198 NHS Trust and Health Boards, 281 Local Authorities as well as numerous Third Sector organisations and private practitioners. See just a small selection of them in the image above. Over 210,000 professionals - therapists and non-therapists - have worked with us over the years.

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.

The vast majority of our courses are Approved by The British Psychological Society, it means that they have passed rigorous assessment and have been Approved by BPS on the basis of the following criteria:

  • they contain evidence–based information;
  • the amount of information provided is appropriate for the course’s duration;
  • information within the course is updated regularly and meets currently available guidelines;
  • the course tutor is a fully qualified practitioner in the relevant field and able to deliver the information in an intelligible and engaging way.

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: Most of 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 via downloadable link 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.

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 considerable discounts for early bookings and block bookings and a variety of special promotions for returning customers.

Free Events: On Thursday evenings, twice a month, we run absolutely free CPD events for mental health practitioners. These Thursdays started in April 2020 during the first lockdown and have proven themselves so popular that we continue with them even now, years later. These events are by invitation only, register on SDS Home Page to receive yours.

Free Videos: Watch SDS past events on our YouTube Channel

Unparalleled Customer Service: Our office team is proud to offer you highly personalised, informed and compassionate service. We value and know you, our students, and will do everything we can to make your experience with SDS Seminars worthwhile and pleasant.