Counselling Skills and
including FREE Stress Management Coach
(Dip. C.S.M.) - Two courses in one!
accreditation: International Association for
Course accredited by ACCPH (see links in left-hand
Update January 2018: This course is a revised version of our previous
Diploma in Stress Management with Counselling Skills and now has a
different and more comprehensive textbook for the Counselling Skills
module. The course title has been changed to emphasise that a
comprehensive introductory course in counselling skills is the main
component of the course. Highlighting that this is a Counselling Skills
qualification with the addition of Stress Management training will give
the Diploma more impact for your professional profile.
If you have taken one or both of our
related courses and want an upgrade to our new diploma title please
contact us to discuss what we can provide for you.
Latest page update: 30 January 2018. Various edits made.
recommended period of study: approx.
months or less. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.
£275.00 (275 Pounds Sterling - for currency conversion see
(Two FREE textbooks will be included for students from the UK. Students
outside the UK will need to buy the textbooks separately.)
Method of study
Textbook study. Written assignments based on
textbooks and exercises. Assignment questions are issued by email and
students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are issued by
This Diploma combines two diplomas we have been
running for years into one course: the
full syllabus of our Diploma in Stress
Management and Relaxation course plus the full
syllabus of our new Counselling Skills course. The advantages of taking this
combined course are:
saving over the cost of taking both courses
You will receive a Diploma bearing the words
"Counselling, Helping and Stress Management
added a FREE certificate as a Stress
Management Coach for all students who
successfully complete the Diploma.
criteria and suitability
This Diploma is for:
People who would like to take the course for self-development
Personnel managers, supervisors, performers, frequent travellers
and others who need to deliver or practise a repertoire of techniques for
stress management, recovering energy levels and informal counselling, listening
and communication skills.
People who would like comprehensive instructions on relaxation
and stress reduction techniques plus introductory counselling skills in an easy to follow format, and to learn many
new skills and techniques
Practicing complementary therapists, life coaches, and health workers
who would like an additional diploma
in stress management and counselling skills to add to their qualifications or
for CPD purposes (subject to approval of individual organisations)
People who have some counselling role (including volunteers,
managers, stress management practitioners, coaches, complementary therapists,
etc.) or who would like to study an introduction to counselling.
People who would like to take this course to give them confidence
to pursue other educational opportunities such as advanced courses in stress
management or diplomas in counselling, hypnotherapy and psychotherapy.
PART I - Counselling Skills
The counselling skills module is divided into five sections.
Section 1 – Exploring Counselling and Helping
This section looks at what the
activity of counselling is and what counsellors and helpers do, basic
counselling communication, and how counselling develops “mind skills”.
The section also examines one model of how counselling and helping
“works”, and discusses the relationship between counsellor/helper and
Section 2 – How Counsellors Relate
In this section you will learn
how to build a satisfactory working relationship with the client.
Listening skills, body language and attention are explained and the
student learns how to recognise and start to talk about clients’
feelings. The section leads on to core skills of counselling and
helping. Special topics presented here include how to relate to the
resistant client, and the process of making a referral.
Section 3 – Understanding the Client’s Problems
This section focuses on
understanding your client: how they think and feel and their behaviour.
Specific skills are presented such as challenging the client, how to
deliver feedback and when self-disclosure is useful. A method is given
for observing and recording the client’s behaviour and choosing which
mental skills, communication skills and behaviours can be targeted for
Section 4 – Helping People to Change
Section 4 goes more deeply into
techniques for change, involving helping clients to use better ways of
thinking and relating to others so as to improve their life skills and
coping skills. Part of this skill set is drawn from life coaching.
Clients can also be shown how to monitor their behaviour and thoughts
using charts and diaries, how to organise progressive tasks for change,
and how to give themselves rewards. The unit also looks at the middle
and termination stages of counselling with guidelines on how to navigate
through these phases with the client, leaving the client with skills for
Section 5 – Special Issues in Counselling
Section 5 contains important topics for the counsellor to be aware of.
The following topics are introduced: progressive relaxation, mental
relaxation, mindful breathing, crisis management, gender and culture in
counselling, ethical issues concerning duty of care, further training
and supervision, use of technology (counselling over the internet), and
professional development. Awareness of these factors can help the
student decide what type of additional training he/she would like to do
PART II - Stress Management and Relaxation
This part will
include the following:
Theory of Stress
Brief combination techniques,
Refuting irrational ideas,
Goal setting and time management,
Coping with job stress,
Successful graduates will receive the Diploma in
Counselling, Helping and Stress Management Skills - the full formal title of the
course - awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK
qualification. Course graduates will also receive an additional certification as
a Stress Management Coach.The college is accredited by the International Association for
Distance Learning. Course graduates may use the postnominal initials Dip.C.S.M.
and Certified Stress Management Coach.
The course is accredited by ACCPH and graduates may
apply for membership.
We will also give details of
other possible professional associations.
Students will be
entitled to exemption from parts of certain
other UKCHT courses.
A path to further
qualifiations after this course is provided by our
Diploma in Holistic
Life Coaching and by our
Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Prospective students are responsible for checking whether they need
any form of accreditation or licensing to practise as a counsellor or
psychotherapist in their own country. UK College of Holistic Training is unable to advise on
local regulations in your country. However, "Stress Management" by itself is
unlikely to be regulated, and neither is "Life Coaching".
Please see our FAQs page for general information about
practising counselling and psychotherapy in the UK and elsewhere.
We reserve the right to change the syllabus and other details of any course at
any time. If any key textbook becomes unobtainable we will provide a substitute
module based on another book.