Advanced Diploma in
(Adv. Dip. B. C. T.)
College accreditation: International Association for Distance Learning.
Course accredited by Guild for Stress Management and Trauma
Possibility of registration with certain other UK professional
recommended period of study: approx.
6 to 9
months. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.
£250.00 (250 Pounds Sterling - for currency conversion see
(Textbooks extra - approx. cost of
textbooks £120.00 or more for new books. Book costs have doubled since we first
introduced this course but you can save
considerably on book costs by searching for used
books on Amazon.)
Method of study:
Textbook study. Written assignments based on
textbook study and exercises. Assignment questions are issued by email and
students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are issued by
email. Students normally buy books from on-line bookstores.
Course outline and
This course is a private
qualification aimed at the helping professional and the care worker.
Interdisciplinary Study of
Death and Bereavement (Psychological, religious
and cultural aspects)
Grief Counselling and Therapy
Death, Dying and Bereavement
The Five Stages of Loss
Moving Beyond Death, Divorce and Loss
The Healing Power of After-Death Communication
Terminal Care and Bereavement Counselling
Scientific Evidence of life After Death
The final project requires the student to write
3,000 to 5,000 words on a special aspect of
death or bereavement, using the student's choice
of books, articles & other sources. A list of
suggested topics will be provided. The
project may be cultural, philosophical,
psychological, metaphysical, spiritual or
based upon practitioner case studies.
Approx. 8 textbooks will be required for the core syllabus and
the student will need to purchase the books.
criteria and suitability
The course can benefit any person who regularly comes into
contact with people suffering from bereavement, grief or loss, e.g. counsellors, therapists,
doctors and nurses, professional
carers, hospice managers and staff, volunteers, social workers, charity workers, pastors,
police officers, magistrates, legal workers, funeral directors, etc.
Qualified and practising
counsellors, psychotherapists and
find this course a welcome addition to their
professional portfolio, providing a key area of
professional development. Professional societies
that operate an unrestricted CEU policy may
consider this qualification for CEU purposes.
This course is not a general course in counselling and if you
intend to practice bereavement counselling you should have a professional
qualification in one of the following: counselling, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy,
psychiatry, psychology, mental health nursing, etc.
Required course reading
Please note that this reading list is
subject to revision especially if new editions appear or books go out of
print. Please do not purchase books without checking with us for any
updates. Each time someone enrols for the course, we review book
availability so we can make any necessary changes.
Rees, Dewi. Death and Bereavement: The
psychological, religious and cultural interfaces. Second edition.
London: Whurr Publishers, 2001.
Worden, J. William, Grief Counselling and
Grief Therapy: A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner, Brunner-Routledge; 4th Revised Edition, edition, 2010.
Dickenson, Donna L. , et al., (eds.) Death,
Dying and Bereavement (Published in association with The Open
University) Sage Publications Ltd; Second Edition, 2000.
Kübler-Ross, Elisabeth, and Kessler,
David. On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the
Five Stages of Loss (Paperback). Simon & Schuster Ltd, 2007.
Parkes, Colin Murray, et al., Counselling
in Terminal Care and Bereavement, BPS Blackwell, 1996.
Friedman, Russell. Grief Recovery
Handbook, The (Revised: A Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and
Other Devastating Losses, Harper Perennial; 2nd Revised
Martin, Joel. Love Beyond Life: The
Healing Power of After-Death Communications. Dell Publishing Company;
Reprint edition, 1998. Note: A Harper paperback reprint edition appeared
in January 2009. Either edition can be used for your studies.
Fontana, David. Is There an Afterlife? A
Comprehensive Overview of the Evidence. O Books, 2005.
Successful graduates will receive the Advanced
Diploma in Bereavement Counselling and Thanatology awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK
qualification. The college is accredited by the International Association for
Distance Learning. Course graduates may use the postnominal initials Adv. Dip. B.C.T.
The course is accredited by
the Guild for Stress Management and Trauma Specialists and graduates may apply for membership.
Graduates of the
course will be eligible to apply to register
with "Counselling", a registered charity - see
www.counselling.ltd.uk, and on successful
registration the graduate will be entitled to
the style "CCC Registered Counsellor."
(Applies to UK only. "Counselling" does not
accredit or approve the UKCHT course.)
Where suitable we will give
advice to graduates on the possibility of
joining other professional bodies.
Prospective overseas 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 give advice on
local regulations in your country.
This diploma is accepted by
Calamus International University (a
non-UK, private distance university with private accreditation) for credit towards
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.
Please note that this course is not accredited or approved by
the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy or the British
Psychological Society. It does not lead to UKCP or BACP accreditation
and is not accredited by any body that is recognised by the UK government.
In the UK, counselling and psychotherapy are not government-controlled and there
are many independent routes to private qualifications & professional society memberships.
To apply for this course
now, go to our Application page
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