UK College of Holistic Training, Creedwell House, 32 Creedwell Orchard
TAUNTON, TA4 1JY, U.K.
Distance learning. No time limit.
Course accredited by ACCPH
Recommended study period: 3 to 6 months. Enrol any time.
Entry criteria: open entry.
Cost (UK): £295.00 (plus cost of textbooks)
Details of textbooks given below. However please wait until enrolment before buying in case of any last-
Method of study:
Textbook study plus exercises and reports. Written assignments based on the set textbooks. Assignment questions are issued by email and students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are normally issued by email.
Introduction to current version (now including a module on Stress Management)
The Diploma in Holistic Life Coaching has now been extended to include a comprehensive unit on Stress Management. We felt that this was an essential addition because if someone is highly stressed, they will not be in the best position to use and benefit from coaching techniques, and will find it hard to keep up the momentum for change that coaching strives to achieve. We have placed the stress management unit first in order to provide you with the stress diploma (and stress coach certificate) as an interim qualification while you complete the coaching course.
The extended course is in effect a marriage between two of our courses -
Completion of the whole course will result in you gaining the following three certifications:
The following textbook on Stress Management is added to the course:
Davis, Eshelman and McKay, The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook. Seventh edition, 2019. New Harbinger Publications Inc, 2019. (Approximate cost on Amazon £20).
This is the same book that is required for our separate Diploma in Stress Management and Relaxation course.
Advice for previous students
Have you already completed our Stress Management diploma?
In that case you can take the Holistic Life Coaching diploma for a reduced fee of £ 300 without having to repeat the Stress Management course.
Unfortunately we are unable to give credit for stress management qualifications taught by other providers.
Have you already completed our Holistic Life Coaching diploma (in its previous version)?
In that case you can enrol on our separate Stress Management diploma for a reduced fee of
£ 145. That offer will include (for UK residents) a free copy of the stress management textbook.
The above fees are subject to change at any time.
This distance learning course will especially be of interest to therapists who wish to make the transition to life coaching as an additional or new profession. The course is also available to others with suitable backgrounds or for personal interest.
The key differences between life coaching and therapy and counselling are an important part of the course. Study of these principles will help life coaches with liaison and cross-
The programme is taught in 8 modules covering stress management, one key skills model and drawing from four existing life coaching models (Attraction, Co-
Appendices are provided that briefly introduce the coaching student to several important health-
PTSD, Stress Breakdown, Highly Sensitive Person, Bullying, Listening Skills, Breathing Problems, Social Skills, Mental Health Issues, Autism/Asperger’s, Coaching Autistic Young People.
Assessment and study method
Written assignments will be based on textbooks and selected exercises. Lesson plans for each unit will be provided, setting study tasks and questions. Written work may be returned to the college by email or by post to our London address. This is purely a correspondence-
Many students will already have the capability to study and apply helping techniques, but the core techniques of coaching are easy to learn. We are confident that the overwhelming majority of students will easily progress through the course. We have been impressed with student performance so far.
2. Introduction to Contemporary Holistic Spirituality
Key text: Bloom, William. The Power Of Modern Spirituality: How to Live a Life of Compassion and Personal Fulfilment. Paperback – Piatkus, 2011. (also available for Kindle).
Many people today describe themselves as “spiritual” or “holistic” and not “religious”. They feel free to develop their own spiritual ideas or paths with help from the many books, courses, resources and teachers available, as well as their own intuition. They may feel connected to the “spiritual” aspects of life in a variety of ways, both internal (for example via physical activities or altered states of consciousness) or external (for example via appreciation of nature and beauty). Whatever form their spirituality takes, it includes some form of deep connection with the wonders of life and the universe, and an urge to share in some way, either through service to community and humanity, or through sharing ideas through teaching, writing and the arts. This module explores the basic parameters of this new spirituality or holism and how it can lead to a fulfilling and compassionate life.
3. The Coaching Transformation
Key text: Skibbins, David. Becoming a Life Coach: A Complete Workbook for Therapists. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications Ltd., 2007.
Working through this unit’s textbook will provide practical skills and knowhow for the therapist or other helping professional who wishes to become a life coach. A crucial part of this unit will be learning the distinctions between working as a therapist and working as a coach, and interacting with clients on the basis of their ability rather than their need for help.
4. The Attraction Model of Coaching
Key text: Leonard, Thomas J., The 28 Laws of Attraction: Stop Chasing Success and Let It Chase You. New York: Scribner, 2008.
Thomas Leonard (1955-
5. The Invisible Coach
Key text: Kimsey-
This unit offers a superb collection of practical deep coaching skills within a holistic framework, and as well as providing a stand-
6. The NLP Coach
Key text: McDermott, Ian and Jago, Wendy. The NLP Coach: A Comprehensive Guide to Personal Well-
In this unit, the two modern helping approaches of Neuro-
7. The Spirit of Coaching
Key text: Belf, Teri-
This unit is about the relationship between life coaching and spirituality. Spirituality does not necessarily mean religion, and people use the term in different ways. However, essential to all views of spirituality is the sense of connection to a greater reality than oneself. Coaching with spirit rests on three “grounded principles” : connection with self, connection with the client and connection with the Whole. These principles inform the art of coaching in various ways, producing a holistic view of coaching whether one is doing personal coaching, business coaching, marketing one’s coaching services, or training.
8. Integrated essay on “The Integration of Coaching into my Current Work or Practice”.
Entry criteria and suitability
There is no particular qualification required to take this course, but students should have good written English. People with previous experience as therapists or helping professionals are preferred but the course can also be taken by other suitable applicants.
Qualification and Professional Societies
Successful graduates will receive the Diploma in Holistic Life Coaching awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK qualification. Course graduates may use the postnominal initials Dip. H.L.C.
Course accredited by ACCPH
If you have other relevant qualifications in counselling we can suggest what societies you might be able to join based on your background and experience.
Please see our FAQs page for general information.
We reserve the right to change the fee, 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 or resource.
*Online resources linked to a book and provided by the publisher or their associates are beyond our control and we cannot accept responsibility for any changes in availability of those resources, whether temporary or permanent. However, in case of problems, please contact your tutor for advice.
More information on coaching
Various other inexpensive, self-
Life Coaching is an unregulated profession that is free from the constraints imposed by some countries on counselling and psychotherapy. It is therefore one of the most portable sets of helping skills.
In common with various other distance learning courses in life coaching, this one does not include one-
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