Counselling and Psychotherapy
College accreditation: International Association for Distance Learning.
Course accredited by Guild for Stress Management and Trauma
Possibility of registration with certain other UK professional
Announcement : We are revising our provision of courses in counselling
and psychotherapy. Enrolment for this course is temporarily suspended and NEW
courses are being introduced. Please contact us so we can keep you
up to date.
recommended period of study: approx. 9
months. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.
£250.00 (250 Pounds Sterling - for currency conversion see
(Textbooks extra - approx. cost of
Textbook study. Written assignments based on
textbooks and self-reflection. 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.
distance learning Diploma course leads to a private UK qualification in counselling and
psychotherapy. It has been created in response to demand from students who, due to
location or other circumstances, find themselves unable to attend
tutorials or classes, or who wish to pursue the subject out of personal
interest. The course will also benefit those who have been in practice for many
years without a substantial formal qualification, or with qualifications other than counselling/psychotherapy, who now
wish to consolidate and update their learning. Others who will find the course
attractive include those trained in highly specific therapeutic approaches who
wish to broaden their horizons.
takes an integrated approach drawing from dynamic, cognitive, brief therapy and
self-therapy models within a framework of counselling and helping skills.
Experience of working with people is preferable but the course may also be taken for
personal interest and self-development.
Syllabus (subject to change and improvement at any time)
۰ Introduction to
۰ Counselling and
Helping Skills: The Egan “Skilled Helper” Model
۰ The Therapeutic
۰ Cognitive and
Behavioural Therapy Techniques
۰ Stress Management
۰ Critical Incidents
and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
۰ Practice Management
Introduction to Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy is described in the set text as the use of relationships to help
people with their problems. This module is an introduction to psychodynamic
psychotherapy: the branch of psychotherapy which works by helping people know
and understand themselves. Dynamic psychotherapy sees symptoms or problems as an
expression of inner conflict. Parts of our behaviour or feelings which we find
disturbing are kept out of awareness and we say that they become unconscious. To
keep those aspects of us unconscious, we engage in defence mechanisms, which may
help us cope or on the other hand may create symptoms.
You will study the history of psychodynamic psychotherapy and the key mental
processes which, according to the psychodynamic view, drive our feelings and
behaviour. You will read about how the self develops through childhood;
how psychodynamic therapists view the mind (different experts have proposed
different "models" of the mind); and how psychotherapeutic relationships work.
You will read an introduction to the various styles of psychotherapy
including some of the newer therapies. Finally there is a section on outcome, or
how we know whether psychotherapy works.
The Egan model of counselling skills is widely taught and the workbook,
"Exercises in Helping Skills", is one of the best ways of learning counselling
skills short of actually attending classes. You will work through examples of
many types of counselling situation and interaction and be able to recognise
when you respond correctly and when your responses need improvement. Some
learning about yourself is also involved. The skills learnt in the Egan model
can be used in formal and informal counselling situations. They form a complete
method of brief counselling in themselves and they can also be used by orthodox
and complementary medicine practitioners to increase communication with patients
The Therapeutic Relationship
Communication and relationship are two essential ingredients of psychotherapy.
You will study the theory of the relationship between therapist and
client, and at the two key processes: transference, the emotions the client
feels towards the therapist, based upon the client's earlier relationships, and
counter-transference, the emotions the therapist feels towards the client, based
upon the therapist's feelings towards significant figures in his or her life.
This module also looks at some of the difficulties of therapy which are caused by
such feelings arising but not being dealt with appropriately.
Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy Techniques
This module presents in condensed form the key
concepts and techniques of cognitive therapy, which is a brief therapy that
seeks to help clients change the negative and irrational thought patterns that
are connected with conditions such as depression and anxiety. Studying these
cognitive therapy skills will give you an extra toolkit which integrates well
with the other brief interventions you will learn on this course. [NB This
unit is in the process of being updated].
Many people enter
counselling or therapy because they are stressed, and the helper needs to have a
broad knowledge of stress and also of stress reduction techniques. The set text
for this unit provides an excellent introduction to what stress is and how to
cope with it, plus instructions in many areas of stress reduction. The following
categories of intervention are presented, each with clear how-to-do-it
Breathing exercises, Progressive relaxation,
Meditation, Visualisation, Applied relaxation, Self-hypnosis, Autogenics, Brief
combination techniques, Making relaxation tapes, Refuting irrational ideas,
Thought stopping techniques, Worry control, Coping skills, Goal setting and time
management, Assertiveness, Coping with job stress, Simple nutrition, Exercise
These techniques will give you scope for
conducting classes and groups, including specific techniques in therapy sessions
according to the client's needs, using some of these techniques as "icebreakers"
to build rapport with the client, and using them as a complement to other
therapies which you might be practising.
You will have the textbook as a handy reference
book and you can refresh your knowledge of any of the skills whenever you need
to. For this course, you do not need to master all of the techniques but you
will be asked to study a selection of them.
and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Many people show symptoms of stress, or have
other problems, years later stemming from a trauma or crisis in their lives.
This may have been a violent incident, a disaster, an accident, or an acute
illness, but trauma need not only be caused by a sudden event. It can be caused
by an accumulation or series of negative events such as childhood abuse,
bullying or even being overworked and underappreciated at work, which has driven
many people to stress breakdown (what used to be called "nervous breakdown").
Other causes of traumatic stress that are only beginning to be recognised are a
difficult birth and a miscarriage.
It is important for the therapist to be able to
recognise the signs of post traumatic stress syndrome, so that they can reassure
clients that their symptoms are actually normal reactions to an abnormal series
of events. The helper also needs to know when to refer clients on to an
experienced therapist who specialises in the area of post traumatic stress.
People with post traumatic stress syndrome often do not respond to "stress
management" regimes and do not do self-help homework when given. They can
respond to special therapeutic approaches, to sensitive counselling, and to
physical therapies such as aromatherapy.
Supported Self-Therapy is the core of the diploma
course. Based on Cognitive Analytic
Therapy, the set textbook has many exercises and questionnaires helping you
explore yourself on a deep level, and at the same time, providing techniques
which you can use with others. Ideally this module should be studied in parts
throughout your course. As you study the other topics, you will also spend time
working with approximately one chapter of the set textbook per month - doing any
of the exercises or other set work in the book. Tutor feedback will be
given. This is the only book for the course which is to be tackled as a
long-term project, because it involves self-therapy work and it might be too
much for you to cram all of the work into a few weeks. By the time you have
completed all of the other modules, you should also have completed the supported
Practice management deals with the business side
of setting up as a therapist: how to advertise and gain publicity, select a
place to work from, run your practice, organise the financial side of the
business, liaise with financial experts such as an accountant an insurance
broker, and other business matters. Other considerations are how to manage a session, set up your therapy room, keep records, and so on,
and how to comply with regulations.
of study: this diploma course
includes introductory and advanced university-level material. The textbooks are
chosen to be accessible to the intelligent student who is new to the subject.
For its theoretical content, this diploma uses the traditional 'read a book,
write a paper' distance learning method widely used by various distance learning
For each unit, the student will
need to acquire one main textbook (apart from the Egan model module which needs
two textbooks). Supplementary reading is optional. After study of the textbook and carrying out any practical
exercises or assignments necessary, the student will submit a written paper or
report. Tutor feedback on the assignments will be given by email or post.
A great deal of care has been made
to select textbooks which are accessible, written by qualified authors, and
which, by including practical exercises and examples, provide the next best
thing to classroom study.
The student will be expected to carry out any required exercises with other
people (friends, colleagues, students, existing clients/patients, or in a
voluntary setting) wherever
this is feasible and wherever this does not conflict with the student's existing
ethical or contractual obligations. If the student is in a remote location or
cannot carry out any practicum for any reason, the situation should be discussed
with the Course Director, and the student will be required to do a written
assignment in lieu of the practicum.
students in remote or foreign locations are often in regions suffering from
conflict or disaster, special attention is paid in the course to post-traumatic
stress and critical incidents. Help will be given towards further study of these
topics if desired.
part of the course, the student will be asked to engage in 'supported
self-therapy'. In this model, the student will be set serious self-therapy
exercises and will receive feedback on them from the tutor.
For those students with access to
the Internet, there is a vast number of authoritative websites with information
on psychology, mental health and other relevant subjects. We can introduce
students to many such sites, containing, in total, huge virtual libraries of
Successful graduates will receive the Diploma in Counselling and
Psychotherapy 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 Dip.C.P. or
D.C.P., whichever is most appropriate for their location.
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.)
We will also advise suitable graduates on other
possible routes towards membership of
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.
If you would prefer, for professional reasons, that the diploma be awarded as
a Diploma in Counselling or Diploma in Psychotherapy (but not both), that can be
arranged. The course and tuition fee will be the same.
Course reading list
(Updated May 2011)
Bateman, Brown and Pedder. Introduction to Psychotherapy: An
outline of psychodynamic principles and practice. London, Routledge, fourth
Eshelman and McKay, The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook.
edition, 2008. New Harbinger Publications Inc, 2008.
Gerard, The Skilled Helper, Ninth Edition, Brooks/Cole 2009.
Gerard. Exercises in Helping Skills. Ninth Edition. Brooks/Cole 2009.
Michael. Between Therapist and Client. Revised edition, 1997, New York:
W.H. Freeman & Co.
David. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (2005 edition). Didcot,
Oxfordshire: Success Unlimited, 2004.
Elizabeth Wilde, Change for the Better: Self-Help Through Practical
Psychotherapy. Third edition. New York & London: Sage, 2008.
Michael and Dryden, Windy. Essential Cognitive Therapy. London, Whurr
Publishers Ltd, 2000.
ean and Biddle, Fiona.
Building a Successful and Ethical Therapy Practice.
UK Academy of
Therapeutic Arts and Sciences Ltd, 2003.
Further Suggested Reading - a list of recommended reading will be given.
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 routes to private qualifications & professional society memberships.