Certificate in Skilled Helper
& Coaching Skills
(Cert. S. H. C. C.)
College accreditation: International Association for Distance Learning.
Course accredited by Institute for Meridian Psychotherapy.
Possibility of registration with certain other professional
counselling and coaching bodies.
recommended period of study:
1 to 3
months. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.
This course has been discontinued
because the new editions of the textbooks are prohibitively
expnsive. Existing students will be able to complete the course
until further notice.
Method of study
Textbook study. Written assignments based on
textbooks and exercises. Assignment questions are issued by email. Due to the
nature of the workbook used, it will normally be easier for
students to send their written assignments for the main part of
the course to the college by post rather than electronically. Grades and feedback are issued by
Skilled Helper Model is one of the most popular
and practical models of counselling skills,
guidance or coaching and is taught at many
colleges and used in many formal and informal
counselling settings including the workplace and
voluntary helping. This model provides you with
a framework for navigating through a counselling
or helping session or series of sessions and
helps you to refine your skills at interacting
with clients most effectively.
consists of 3 steps or stages, further
subdivided into elements that make learning and
practice easier. The first stage concerns the
present, and is the phase where the client’s
story or situation is outlined. This process may
be straightforward or may be confusing or
emotional, needing help and clarification. The
helper then encourages the client to look at the
beliefs and perspectives built into the story.
The client is helped to focus on the central
aspect of the situation or where a change can
take place to greatest effect.
stage examines what is possible and in this
phase the client starts to build visions or
goals related to the preferred outcome.
stage consists of developing strategies to reach
the preferred goal and turning them into plans
structure of the Skilled Helper model is very
similar to some models of coaching and can be
adapted for use by life and personal coaches. It
complements many other models of counselling,
talking therapy and coaching.
textbooks are used for the course. One provides
the theory and the other is a workbook which
takes students through simulated case studies
and practised examples of the skills involved.
this certificate course gain familiarity with
the model and practice selected workbook
exercises, giving details of fictitious clients,
to hone important communication, listening and counselling
Delegates receive extensive written feedback on their
work covering where and how they have made errors in
interpreting the simulated cases and where they could have
improved their communication with the "clients". The simulated
cases are drawn from a variety of settings including
work-related scenarios. (The amount of
feedback necessary will be inversely
proportional to how well the student has
assimilated the necessary theory and skills).
criteria and suitability
Open entry. This course is suitable
for trainee, established and volunteer counsellors, other therapists and
helping professionals, life coaches, managers, clergy and
anyone who wishes to improve his/her people-helping skills.
Successful graduates will receive the
Certificate in Skilled Helper Counselling and Coaching Skills 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
This course is accredited by
The Institute for Meridian Psychotherapy
(which is linked to UKCHT) 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.)
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.
We can recommend an international
Life Coaching association that you can apply to join.
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. However, "Life Coaching" by itself is
unlikely to be regulated.
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.