a complete programme of
practical psychotherapy for positive change
College accreditation: International Association for Distance Learning.
Course accredited by Guild for Stress Management and Trauma Specialists for
professional development purposes.
recommended period of study: approx.
months or less. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.
£125.00 (125 Pounds Sterling - for currency conversion see
(A FREE textbook will be sent to UK students. Non-UK students will normally have to purchase the book on-line
from an internet bookstore.)
Method of study:
Study will be
carried out by reading the textbook, self-reflection on one’s own issues, doing
the exercises in the textbook and submitting written assignments – these can be
sent by e-mail.
Course description and
Students are introduced to the theory of cognitive
analytic self-help methods and theory, as a basis for working on their own areas
Students will learn how blocks to change
are rooted in the past. Our early relationships often contained problems
that we responded to as best we could by interpreting the negative
patterns as rules that governed how life works. Those inner rules
(which we may not be conscious of at first) later became firm attitudes
or beliefs about what we can expect from life, how people will relate to
us and how we judge ourselves. Inner rules or self-beliefs also govern
our feelings and parts of our behaviour.
Identifying these thought and belief
patterns, and challenging them, can lead to change. Along the way we
learn about our unexpressed feelings, dilemmas, and psychological traps
that prevent us from being how we would like to be.
The techniques and approaches of in this course are drawn
from psychoanalysis, Kelly’s personal construct theory, cognitive-behavioural
approaches, developmental and cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence,
resulting in a set of powerful methods for personal change through understanding
and self-observation. Many techniques can be used including exploring our dreams
and writing our life story.
The programme is enhanced by including
mindfulness and meditation exercises that help us to be in the here and
now and to observe our patterns and reactions.
This work will also give the student grounding in
exploratory therapeutic techniques which can complement other skills in helping
be given by the tutor (who is an accredited counsellor) and
all material submitted will be treated in strictest confidence.
Criteria: Open entry.
Suitability: This course is offered for
professional development purposes or for personal interest.
There is no particular qualification required to
take this course, but students should have very good written English.
This course is NOT a substitute for counselling or psychotherapy, and people
with psychological problems should seek appropriate treatment with a counsellor
or psychotherapist. People with medical problems should consult their medical
This course is NOT suitable for people with severe psychological or psychiatric
Since the coursework involves looking at one’s personal history and emotional
issues, students need to be prepared for relevant feelings to arise, and the
techniques learned will help to increase self-understanding and coping skills.
Successful graduates will receive the Certificate
in Cognitive Self-Therapy awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK
qualification. The college is accredited by the International Association for
The course is approved by Guild for Stress Management and Trauma Specialists as a professional development course (see
societies page for explanation).
This course 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
To apply for this course
now, go to our Application page