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A FREE copy of the textbook is given to UK students (unless they decide to buy the Kindle edition). 

Key textbook for this course:

Author: Oyebode, Femi

Title:  Sims' Symptoms in the Mind: Textbook of Descriptive Psychopathology, 5th edition

Publisher: Elsevier/ Saunders 2014

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Diploma in Psychiatric
Disorders Awareness

(Dip. Psych. D. A.) 

A distance learning course

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2015 updated version of course and textbook -

   College accreditation: International Association for Distance Learning.
Course accredited by  ACCPH (see links in left-hand column).         

Total recommended period of study: approx. 2 to 4 months or less. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.

Cost:  for currency conversion see www.xe.com

OPTION 1 - GBP (Pounds Sterling) 235 - For students anywhere who wish to buy the Kindle version of the textbook.

OPTION 2 - GBP (Pounds Sterling) 265 - For students residing in UK, including FREE hard copy of the textbook.

OPTION 3 - GBP (Pounds Sterling) 235 - for students residing putside the UK, who will need to buy their own copy of the textbook. (free shipping to most countries from bookdepository.com - see ad on our home page)

Method of study 

Textbook study.  Written assignments based on textbooks and exercises. Assignment questions are issued by email and students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are issued by email.

Course overview

Although serious mental conditions need diagnosis and treatment by a doctor or psychiatrist, it will benefit many people to have access to knowledge about how psychiatric disorders are classified and described, and also how to understand signs of possible serious conditions so that professional help may be obtained.

This course will benefit counsellors, psychotherapists, hypnotherapists, general nurses, teachers, social workers, carers, healers and all those who come into contact with people who might show some signs of mental disturbance. 

Counsellors and therapists are often taught not to attempt to treat serious conditions but are rarely given in-depth knowledge of how to spot unsuitable cases. An understanding of the behaviours and symptoms presented by possible sufferers of psychiatric disorders can help by (a) ensuring that lay, i.e. non-medical, helpers do not become involved with cases that are out of their depth, therefore making lay professional practice safer, and that (b) non-medical helpers and carers can assist people in seeking vital medical attention where needed.

A further benefit for lay therapists is increased ability to understand professional publications in the field of mental illness, and to communicate better with members of the medical professions.  The course may also serve as useful interim study for people who wish to apply for relevant university courses later on, demonstrating interest and a certain amount of knowledge of the field. The course may be taken for personal interest.

The course introduces how medical professionals go about describing and diagnosing various mental illnesses, and gives detailed explanations of:

problems and disturbances of consciousness;

disorders of awareness of reality,

disorders of body and self awareness,

disorders of emotion and personality disorders,

procedures of diagnosis used by psychiatrists

Within these sections, common serious and not-so-serious conditions such as anxiety disorders, phobias, schizophrenia and bipolar are described, as well as many rarer conditions and disorders that have neurological causes.

Hallucinations, delusions and other manifestations of mental disorders are clearly explained and discussed.

A university-level textbook of approx. 388 pages is required as the main book for the course. Though the current edition has fewer pages than the previous one it is printed in smaller type allowing the book to contain more information. Further reading is optional though comprehensive references are given, enabling you to pursue further studies at your leisure.   

* audiovisual materials supplied on-line via the text publisher's website to students receiving hard copy of the textbook. Materials provided on-line will also include an e-book version of the text. UKCHT is not responsible for availability of or access to the audiovisual materials or for any inability to access for any reason. At time of writing, access is possible for any student. At this time we are unable to confirm whether purchasers of the  Kindle edition of the textbook will have access to the audiovisual supplementary materials.                               

Entry criteria and suitability 

No particular qualification is required for entry.  Most students will be helping professionals or complementary therapists but the course may also be taken for personal interest. However the student should have a high standard of written English and the ability to cope with technical vocabulary and university-standard textbooks. Some previous knowledge of psychology will be an advantage.



Successful graduates will receive the Diploma in Psychiatric Disorders Awareness 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 designation
Dip. Psych. D. A.

Please note that this course is not a qualification in psychotherapy, clinical psychology or psychiatry and does not permit you to diagnose or treat mental disorders. It is offered for educational purposes only.


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