Diploma in Psychiatric
(Dip. Psych. D. A.)
A distance learning course
available on KINDLE™
2015 updated version of course and textbook -
COURSE NOW ENHANCED WITH AUDIO & VIDEO*
College accreditation: International Association for Distance Learning.
and Guild for Stress
Management and Trauma Specialists.
recommended period of study: approx.
2 to 4 months or less. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.
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OPTION 1 - GBP (Pounds
Sterling) 235 - For students anywhere who wish
to buy the Kindle version of the textbook.
OPTION 2 - GBP (Pounds Sterling) 265 - For students
residing in UK, including FREE hard copy of the textbook.
OPTION 3 - GBP (Pounds Sterling) 235 - for students
residing putside the UK, who will need to buy their own copy of the
textbook. (free shipping to most countries
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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 emotion and personality disorders,
procedures of diagnosis used by psychiatrists
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. 388 pages is required as the
main book for the course. Though the current edition has fewer pages than the
previous one it is printed in smaller type allowing the book to contain more
information. Further reading is optional though comprehensive
references are given, enabling you to pursue further studies at your leisure.
* audiovisual materials supplied on-line via
the text publisher's website to students receiving hard copy of the
textbook. Materials provided on-line will also include an e-book version
of the text. UKCHT is not responsible for availability of or access to
the audiovisual materials or for any inability to access for any reason.
At time of writing, access is possible for any student. At
this time we are unable to confirm whether purchasers of the
Kindle edition of the textbook will have access to the
criteria and suitability
No particular qualification is required for entry. Most
students will be helping professionals or
complementary therapists but the course may also
be taken for personal interest. 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.
Please note that
this course is not a qualification in
psychotherapy, clinical psychology 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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tuition fee and other details of any course at
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