Holistic Life Coaching
(Dip. H. L. C.)
(updated February 2015)
College accreditation: International Association for Distance Learning.
and Guild for Stress Management
and Trauma Specialists.
recommended period of study: approx.
3 to 6 months. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.
£325.00 (325 Pounds Sterling - for currency conversion see
The fee does not include textbooks - 6 books are required. Students will normally buy books from on-line bookstores. Details of textbooks
are given below under "Syllabus". However please await instructions after
enrolment before buying books in case of any changes or updates.
This distance learning course is intended primarily
for 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-referral with
therapists and will help you avoid overstepping
The programme is taught in 6
modules covering one key skills model and
drawing from four existing life coaching models (Attraction,
Co-active, NLP and Coaching with Spirit),
introducing a wide variety of life coaching
techniques. As well as these five modules, there
is a module on holistic philosophy and an
integrative essay of 2,000 words is required.
The focus of this essay will be how coaching
relates to, or can be integrated with, your
current work or practice.
No face-to-face or distant
coaching is provided as part of the course. Some
students will already have experience of
life coaching and just wish to study in order to be
certificated. Others may wish to arrange
coaching for themselves - there are many
on-line directories of life coaches and students are
responsible for making their own arrangements
for personal coaching.
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-based
course but students are expected to apply their
knowledge of coaching to themselves and in
interaction with other people, and how the
student has done this should be reflected in the
assignment answers. The tutor will give written
feedback on assignments.
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.
Introduction to Contemporary Spirituality
Key text: Bloom, William.
The Power Of Modern Spirituality: How to Live a
Life of Compassion and Personal Fulfilment.
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
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.
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 (1955-2003), the
founder of life coaching as a distinct
profession, developed the model of “attraction”
coaching. His book was originally called "The
Portable Coach". Learn how to discover your
vision and purpose, organise yourself, deal with
procrastination, make life fulfilling, be
constructive and be yourself. The highly
condensed strategies presented in the key text
may be adapted as a toolkit to help a wide range
of coaching clients, or may be cherry-picked as
4. The Invisible
Key text: Whitworth, Laura, et
al., Co-Active Coaching. Palo Alto, California:
Davies-Black Publishing, 3rd edition, 2011.
(includes downloadable online resources)
This unit offers a superb
collection of practical deep coaching skills
within a holistic framework, and as well as
providing a stand-alone coaching model, it is
ideal for students bridging the gap between
their other helping practice and the skills of
coaching. After discussion of the coaching
relationship and context, the student proceeds
to learn the life coaching skills of listening,
intuition, curiosity, the action-learning
feedback loop, and self-management. A
comprehensive set of technique tools is provided
which can inspire you to create your own
coaching tools in conjunction with your existing
expertise. Practical exercises are given which
may be carried out on friends, colleagues or
5. The NLP Coach
Key text: McDermott, Ian and Jago,
Wendy. The NLP Coach: A Comprehensive Guide to
Personal Well-Being and Professional Success.
London: Piatkus, 2002.
In this unit, the two modern
helping approaches of Neuro-Linguistic
Programming (NLP) and Life and Personal Coaching
are brought together. The student will learn the
basic principles, strategies and tools of
up-to-date NLP and how they fit into the
framework of personal coaching. This integrated
framework of NLP and life coaching is then applied
towards self-coaching success in different areas
of life, from a balanced perspective valuing
personal harmony, self-esteem, relationships,
enhanced brainpower, health, wealth, happiness,
rewarding work and spirituality.
The Spirit of
Key text: Belf, Teri-E. Coaching
with Spirit. Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer, 2002.
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
7. Integrated essay
of 2,000 words on “The Integration of Coaching
into my Current Work or Practice”.
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. The college is accredited by the International Association for
Distance Learning. Course graduates may use the postnominal initials Dip. H.L.C.
Graduates will be eligible for membership of the Guild for Stress
Management and Trauma Specialists. You will also be able to join IMPACT
(International Membership of Professional Advisors, Coaches, & Trainers)
- see our Societies
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.
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.
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.
More information on coaching
Various other inexpensive,
self-contained, self-study diplomas and
certificates in life coaching have come on the
market. The typical such course uses an
in-house manual of about 150 pages or a single
textbook of up to 250 pages. Our course,
because it makes use of a number of textbooks,
contains at least six times as much
content as the typical self-study course. Some
“live” courses that lead to a certificate in a
couple of days do not even give you as much as
150 pages of content - no wonder some such
courses are now free! Thus, even when you take
the cost of buying the books into account, our
course still represents incredible value for
money in terms of the knowledge imparted.
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-to-one coaching. Students
will be encouraged to self-coach during the
course. The phrase “all hypnosis is
self-hypnosis” has long been known to those
involved in hypnotherapy. We would like to
offer the view that “all life coaching is
self-coaching” – because true coaching fosters
the inner ability to make sound and creative
decisions for successful change. Many top
coaches have written books on how to coach yourself,
emphasising the value of self-coaching. It
is a central priciple of coaching that the
answers and power are within the client. Readers
of such books will seek a coach when they wish
to go further!