UK College of Holistic Training, Creedwell House, 32 Creedwell Orchard
TAUNTON, TA4 1JY, U.K.
Course description and syllabus
Completely revised and expanded since 2018, this course replaces our previous Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. The UK College of Holistic Training Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (Dip. I.C.P.) will be awarded on successful completion of all modules. Interim awards will be made on completion of the following modules:
The following additional certifications will now be FREE* as the relevant study is included in the Diploma course:
• Certificate in Counselling and Helping Skills
• Diploma in Stress Management and Relaxation plus Certification as Stress Management Coach
• Certificate in CBT Skills (only available as part of this programme -
Each certificate will be mailed to you separately when the relevant unit has been completed.
TOTAL VALUE OF WHOLE QUALIFICATION BUNDLE £800 -
An integrative approach:
This course takes an integrative approach drawing from psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioural, person-
Experience of working with people as a helper is preferable but the course may also be taken for personal interest and self-
Total study hours:
This course has been estimated as requiring an average of 450 hours of study time. The actual individual study time will vary widely as students have different learning speeds and different levels of familiarity with the material. You may need significantly less or more time to complete the course.
The book list below shows you the amount of content available, and a PDF manual/ workbook is issued for the whole course. See our buybooks.html link for where to buy books.
Syllabus (subject to change and improvement at any time)
• Introduction to Counselling and Helping Skills
• Your Self-
• Pluralistic Counselling Interventions
• Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
• The Therapeutic Relationship
• Stress Management
• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
• Applied Integrative Counselling Skills
Introduction to Counselling and Helping Skills
This serious and practical overview of what counsellors and helpers do looks at counselling communication skills, relationship building, the overlap between counselling and coaching, understanding the client and selecting techniques /issues to work on, improving clients' thinking and coping skills, some approaches to stress and crisis management, ethical isssues, and the professionalism of the counsellor.
Working on yourself is a key component of this diploma course. Based on Cognitive Analytic Therapy, the set textbook has many exercises and questionnaires helping you explore yourself on a deep level, and at the same time, providing techniques which you can use with others. Ideally this module should be studied in parts throughout your course. As you study the other topics, you will also spend time working with approximately one chapter of the set textbook per month -
Pluralistic Counselling Interventions
Nowadays counsellors learn from many styles of working and discover useful additional techniques through their careers. This unit provides a discussion on the use of techniques, and guidelines on empathic responding, focusing, gestalt techniques, therapeutic metaphor, task-
Dynamic psychotherapy sees symptoms or problems as an expression of inner conflict. Parts of our behaviour or feelings which we find disturbing are kept out of awareness and we say that they become unconscious. To keep those aspects of us unconscious, we engage in defence mechanisms, which may help us cope or on the other hand may create symptoms.
You will study the history of psychodynamic psychotherapy, the mental processes behind our feelings and behaviour, how the self develops through childhood; how psychodynamic therapists view the mind and how psychotherapeutic relationships work.
The Therapeutic Relationship
You will study the theory of the relationship between therapist and client, and look at the two key processes: transference, the emotions the client feels towards the therapist, based upon the client's earlier relationships, and counter-
This unit provides an excellent introduction to stress and how to cope with it, plus instructions in many areas of stress reduction. The following categories of intervention are presented, each with clear how-
Breathing exercises, Progressive relaxation, Meditation, Visualisation, Applied relaxation, Self-
These techniques will give you scope for conducting classes and groups, including specific techniques in therapy sessions according to the client's needs, using some techniques as "icebreakers" to build rapport, and using them as a complement to other therapies.
Your textbook will remain a handy reference to refresh your knowledge of any of the skills whenever you need to. For this unit, you do not need to master all of the techniques but you will study a selection of methods.
CBT is one of the most popular and widely recommended short-
*We are not responsible for material on external sites and it may change or be withdrawn at any time.
Carl Rogers originated the Person-
Having gained an understanding of the Person-
Applied Integrative Counselling Skills
This unit acts partly as a review of the phases of counselling and introduces the perspective of Integrative Counselling Skills, though with an accent on a person-
The student will be expected to carry out any required exercises with other people (friends, colleagues, students, existing clients/patients, or in a voluntary setting) wherever this is feasible and wherever this does not conflict with the student's existing ethical or contractual obligations. The course is structured so that as much as possible can be done by the student working through self-
Several of the modules have supporting multimedia or PDF material online at the publishers' websites. We are not responsible for publisher-
Successful graduates will receive the Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK qualification. Course graduates may use the postnominal initials Dip. I.C.P.
The course is accredited by Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists (ACCPH) and graduates may apply for membership at basic level and apply for practice insurance. Further, classroom-
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, textbooks, tuition fees, accreditation arrangements 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.
Please note that this course is not accredited or approved by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy or the British Psychological Society. It does not lead to UKCP or BACP accreditation and is not accredited by any body that is recognised by the UK government. In the UK, counselling and psychotherapy are not government-
Successful graduates will receive the Diploma in Neuroscience and Mental Health awarded by UK College of Holistic Training.
Please see our FAQs page for general information.
We reserve the right to change the syllabus and other details of any course at any time.
Distance learning. No time limit.
Course accredited by ACCPH
Recommended study period: 9 months or less. Enrol any time.
Entry criteria: open entry.
Cost (UK): £295.00 (plus cost of textbooks) -
Includes free bonus certifications -
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.
Your professional bookshelf (students will need to purchase these textbooks):
McCormick, Elizabeth Wilde. Change for the Better: Self-
Meier, Augustine and Boivin, Micheline. Counselling and Therapy Techniques: Theory and Practice. Sage, 2011. (174 pages plus references etc.)
Bateman, Anthony; Brown, Dennis and Pedder, Jonathan. Introduction to Psychotherapy: An Outline of Psychodynamic Principles and Practice. Fourth edition. Routledge, 2010.(277 pages plus references)
Kahn, Michael. Between Therapist and Client: The New Relationship. St. Martin’s Press, 2nd edition, 1997. (199 pages)
McKay, Matthew and Davis, Martha. The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook. New Harbinger, Seventh Edition, 2019. (344 pages) (Seventh edition used from May 2019. Earlier students may work from Sixth edition.)
Kennerley, Helen; Kirk, Joan and Westbrook, David. An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Skills and Applications. 3rd Edition. Sage, 2016. (439 pages plus appendixes and references)
Mearns, Dave and Thorne, Brian. Person-
Tolan, Janet and Wilkins, Paul. Client Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Sage, 2012. (165 pages plus index/references)
Culley, Sue and Bond, Tim. Integrative Counselling Skills in Action. 3rd edition. Sage, 2011. (204 pages plus references)
Books should preferably be purchased in the above order.
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