Diploma in Psychiatric
(Dip. Psych. D. A.)
A distance learning course
available on KINDLE™
College accreditation: International Association for Distance Learning.
Course accredited by Institute for Meridian Psychotherapy
for professional development purposes
recommended period of study: approx.
2 to 4 months or less. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.
£225.00 (225 Pounds Sterling - for currency conversion see
A FREE textbook
(approx. 490 pages) will be sent
to UK students. Non-UK students will normally have to purchase the book on-line
from an internet bookstore (approx. cost of book GBP 35 plus postage).
discount for UK students: We will give UK
students a discount of £30 if they purchase the
Kindle edition of the textbook from the link in
the left-hand column of this page, instead of
the free hard copy.
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
Although serious mental conditions need diagnosis and treatment
by a doctor or psychiatrist, it will benefit many people to have access to
knowledge about how psychiatric disorders are classified and described, and also
how to understand signs of possible serious conditions so that professional help
may be obtained.
This course will benefit counsellors, psychotherapists,
hypnotherapists, general nurses, teachers, social workers, carers, healers and
all those who come into contact with people who might show some signs of mental
Counsellors and therapists are often taught not to attempt to
treat serious conditions but are rarely given in-depth knowledge of how to spot
unsuitable cases. An understanding of the behaviours and symptoms presented by
possible sufferers of psychiatric disorders can help by (a) ensuring that lay,
i.e. non-medical, helpers do not become involved with cases that are out of
their depth, therefore making lay professional practice safer, and that (b)
non-medical helpers and carers can assist people in seeking vital medical
attention where needed.
A further benefit for lay therapists is increased
ability to understand professional publications in the field of mental illness,
and to communicate better with members of the medical professions. The
course may also serve as useful interim study for people who wish to apply for
relevant university courses later on, demonstrating interest and a certain
amount of knowledge of the field. The course may be taken for personal interest.
The course introduces how medical professionals go about
describing and diagnosing various mental illnesses, and gives detailed
problems and disturbances of consciousness;
awareness of reality,
disorders of body and self awareness,
disorders of gender
disorders of emotion and personality disorders.
sections, common serious and not-so-serious conditions such as anxiety
disorders, phobias, schizophrenia and bipolar are described, as well as many
rarer conditions and disorders that have neurological causes.
delusions and other manifestations of mental disorders are clearly explained and
A university-level textbook of approx. 490 pages is required as the
main book for the course. Further reading is optional though comprehensive
reading lists are given, enabling you to pursue further studies at your leisure.
criteria and suitability
No particular qualification is required for entry. However
the student should have a high standard of written English and the ability to cope
with technical vocabulary and university-standard textbooks. Some previous knowledge of psychology will be an advantage.
Successful graduates will receive the Diploma in
Psychiatric Disorders Awareness 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 designation
Dip. Psych. D. A.
The course is accredited by
The Institute for Meridian Psychotherapy
(which is linked to UKCHT) for professional development purposes (see
societies page for explanation).
If you have other
relevant qualifications in counselling you may also be recommended to apply for the
appropriate grade of membership of the National Counselling Society (UK). The
http://www.nationalcounsellingsociety.org/ will consider a
wide variety of qualifications towards entry
levels of membership and will advise on further
study towards becoming an Accredited Counsellor.
Please note that
this course is not a qualification in
psychotherapy or psychiatry and does not permit
you to diagnose or treat mental disorders. It is
offered for educational purposes only.
This diploma is accepted by
Calamus International University (a
non-UK, private distance university with private accreditation) for credit towards
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We reserve the right to change the syllabus and other details of any course at
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