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UKCHT Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy - course textbooks (updated February 2018)

Nelson-Jones, Richard INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELLING SKILLS, 4th edition, Sage, 2013 (300 pages plus references etc.)

McCormick, Elizabeth Wilde. Change for the Better: Self-Help through Practical Psychotherapy. Fifth edition, Sage, 2017. (285 pages plus references etc.)

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, Sixth Edition, 2008. (371 pages)

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-Centred Counselling in Action. 4th edition. Sage, 2007. (207 pages plus references)

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)

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wise owl imageDiploma in Integrative
Counselling and Psychotherapy

(Dip. C.P.)

     Accredited Distance Learning Course Details


   College accreditation: International Association for Distance Learning.

   Course accredited by ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists).
           Possibility of registration with certain other UK professional bodies.

Revised for 2018. This course replaces our previous distance learning Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy.


Total recommended period of study: approx. 9 months. Continuous enrolment. No time limit. See "Total study hours" below.


Cost: 325.00 (325 Pounds Sterling- for currency conversion see www.xe.com )

(Textbooks extra - approx. total cost of textbooks from 200.00 - prices may increase or vary - check Amazon for available prices new or used) 

Discounts: Graduates of our Certificate in Counselling and Helping Skills (2017 version & later) may deduct 50 from the Diploma course fee (subject to acceptance). Graduates of other UKCHT courses please enquire.


Mode of study: 

Textbook study. Written assignments based on textbook exercises, self-reflection, and work with practice partners if available. Assignment questions are issued by email and students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are issued by email. Students normally buy books from on-line bookstores.

This textbook-based course provides a greater wealth of serious, authoritative and useful content than any counselling course we know of that consists entirely of self-contained PDF materials (see booklist on left). If you really wish to be well-informed and as professional as possible with a sound theoretical education, we believe you will find that there is no comparison to our course in the distance learning market. Your investment in study time, tuition fees and textbooks will be rewarded with greater confidence in your professional knowledge.

Course description

This distance learning Diploma course leads to a private UK qualification in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. It has been created in response to demand from  students who, due to location or other circumstances, find themselves unable to attend tutorials or classes, or who wish to pursue the subject out of personal interest. The course will also benefit those who have been in practice for many years without a substantial formal qualification, or with qualifications other than counselling/psychotherapy, who now wish to consolidate and update their learning. Others who will find the course attractive include those trained in highly specific therapeutic approaches who wish to broaden their horizons.

This new version of the course is broadly similar to the previous one with the following improvements: Updated counselling skills module, concentration on applicable skills, newer textbooks, more/deeper coverage of person-centred and CBT approaches, avoidance of long essays to allow you to concentrate on practical solutions, integration module with case studies.


An integrative approach:

This course takes an integrative approach drawing from psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioural, person-centred and cognitive-analytic models within a framework of counselling and helping skills.


Entry Criteria

Experience of working with people as a helper is preferable but the course may also be taken for personal interest and self-development. There are no set educational requirements for entry but ability to follow texts at A-level standard or above, and good English comprehension and writing skills, are expected.


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 on the left shows you the amount of content available and PDF manuals/ workbooks are also issued for each module.


Syllabus (subject to change and improvement at any time)

  • Introduction to Counselling and Helping Skills

  • Your Self-Therapy Journey: A Cognitive-Analytic Approach

  • Pluralistic Counselling Interventions

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

  • The Therapeutic Relationship

  • Stress Management

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

  • Person-Centred Counselling

  • Person-Centered Approaches with Special Issues

  • 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.


Your Self-Therapy Journey - a Cognitive-Analytic Approach

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 - doing any of the exercises or other set work in the book.  Tutor feedback will be given.  This is the only book for the course which is best tackled as a long-term project, because it might be too much for you to cram all of the self-therapy work into a few weeks. By the time you have completed all of the other modules, you should also have completed this module.


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-directed imagery, ego states, solution-focused therapy, CBT, narrative therapy and self-in-relationship work. From this series of technique "snapshots" the counsellor can decide to take further training later on in approaches that are most appealing. The information will also help to understand the processes that clients with experience of other therapies have encountered.


Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

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-transference, the emotions the therapist feels towards the client, based upon the therapist's feelings towards significant figures in his or her life. This module also looks at some of the difficulties of therapy which are caused by such feelings arising but not being dealt with appropriately.


Stress Management

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-to-do-it instructions:

Breathing exercises, Progressive relaxation, Meditation, Visualisation, Applied relaxation, Self-hypnosis, Autogenics, Brief combination techniques, Making relaxation recordings, Refuting irrational ideas, Thought stopping techniques, Worry control, Coping skills, Goal setting and time management, Assertiveness, Coping with job stress, Simple nutrition, Exercise.

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.


Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy

CBT is one of the most popular and widely recommended short-term therapies and our unit uses an up-to-date and comprehensive text full of practical examples backed up by additional on-line material on the publisher's website*. The unit explains the theory, the therapeutic relationship in CBT, assessment and formulations, measurement and monitoring, client homework and self-help, Socratic enquiry, cognitive techniques, behavioural experiments, CBT relaxation methods, and the therapy agenda with additional material on depression and anxiety. The unit concludes with presentations on several professional and theoretical issues.

*We are not responsible for material on external sites and it may change or be withdrawn at any time.



Person-Centered Counselling


Carl Rogers originated the Person-Centred approach, which takes the view that the client knows best  and the counsellor's task is to enable the client to find their own solutions. This unit outlines recent developments in this approach and explains how the key values of empathy, unconditional positive regard, and congruence are used in practice. The beginning, middle and end stages of counselling are studied within a Person-Centred perspective which provides insights into the richness and humanity of this counselling process. A final chapter covers what research can tell us about this approach.


Person-Centered Approaches with Special Issues


Having gained an understanding of the Person-Centred approach we move on to its application in a variety of situations such as: bereavement and loss; trauma and post-traumatic stress; abuse; depression; anxiety; dissociation and splits from reality; alcohol; eating disorders and self-harm.


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-centred stance which has already been encountered. Counselling is viewed as a symphony combining skills from different sources and something which can always be improved through continued professional development.



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-applied assignments.


Additional FREE certifications:

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 - not available separately)
Each certificate will be mailed to you separately when the relevant unit has been completed.
* non-UK students will be asked to pay 20 for printing, postage and packing.

TOTAL VALUE OF WHOLE QUALIFICATION BUNDLE 800 - YOU PAY 325 (or 345 for non-UK) - cost of textbooks extra.

Supplementary media:

Several of the modules have supporting multimedia or PDF material online at the publishers' websites. We are not responsible for publisher-provided resources and they may change or become unavailable at any time. We therefore suggest you access them promptly and save what you want.

Web research:

The Internet provides a myriad authoritative websites with information on psychology, mental health and other relevant subjects.



Successful graduates will receive the Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy 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 Dip.C.P.

The course is accredited by Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists (ACCPH) 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.)

We will also advise suitable graduates on other possible routes towards membership of professional societies as applicable.

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.

If you would prefer, for professional reasons, that the diploma be awarded as a Diploma in Integrative Counselling or Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (but not both), that can be arranged. The course and tuition fee will be the same.

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Further information

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-controlled and there are many routes to private qualifications & professional society memberships. Our accreditations are from private UK-based bodies.



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