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2 FREE textbooks are given to UK students. Students residing outside the UK will need to purchase their own copies. See ad below for BookDepository, who will ship books with FREE postage to many countries.

Course books required:

Nelson-Jones, Richard. Introduction to Counselling Skills: Text and Activities. 4th edition. Sage Publications 2012.

Davis, McKay & Eshelman. The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook. 6th edition. New Harbinger, 2008.





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wise owl imageDiploma in
Counselling Skills and
Stress Management
including FREE Stress Management Coach Certification

(Dip. C.S.M.) - Two courses in one!  
Distance Learning Course Details

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

Update January 2018: This course is a revised version of our previous Diploma in Stress Management with Counselling Skills and now has a different and more comprehensive textbook for the Counselling Skills module.  The course title has been changed to emphasise that a comprehensive introductory course in counselling skills is the main component of the course. Highlighting that this is a Counselling Skills qualification with the addition of Stress Management training will give the Diploma more impact for your professional profile.
If you have taken one or both of our related courses and want an upgrade to our new diploma title please contact us to discuss what we can provide for you.

Latest page update: 30 January 2018. Various edits made.


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

Cost: 275.00  (275 Pounds Sterling - for currency conversion see www.xe.com )

(Two FREE textbooks will be included for students from the UK.  Students outside the UK will need to buy the textbooks separately.) 

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 introduction

This Diploma combines two diplomas we have been running for years into one course:  the full syllabus of our Diploma in Stress Management and Relaxation course plus the full syllabus of our new Counselling Skills  course. The advantages of taking this combined course are:

  • A considerable saving over the cost of taking both courses separately.

  • You will receive a Diploma bearing the words "Counselling, Helping and Stress Management Skills".

  • We have added a FREE certificate as a Stress Management Coach for all students who successfully complete the Diploma.

Entry criteria and suitability 

This Diploma is for:

  • People who would like to take the course for self-development purposes

  • Personnel managers, supervisors, performers, frequent travellers and others who need to deliver or practise a repertoire of  techniques for stress management, recovering energy levels and informal counselling, listening and communication skills.

  • People who would like  comprehensive  instructions on relaxation and stress reduction techniques plus introductory counselling skills in an easy to follow format, and to learn many new skills and techniques

  • Practicing complementary therapists, life coaches, and health workers who would like an additional diploma in stress management and counselling skills to add to their qualifications or for CPD purposes (subject to approval of individual organisations)

  • People who have some counselling role (including volunteers, managers, stress management practitioners, coaches, complementary therapists, teachers, etc.) or who would like to study an introduction to counselling.

  • People who would like to take this course to give them confidence to pursue other educational opportunities such as advanced courses in stress management or diplomas in counselling, hypnotherapy and psychotherapy.



PART I - Counselling Skills

    The counselling skills module is divided into five sections.

Section 1 – Exploring Counselling and Helping

This section looks at what the activity of counselling is and what counsellors and helpers do, basic counselling communication, and how counselling develops “mind skills”. The section also examines one model of how counselling and helping “works”, and discusses the relationship between counsellor/helper and client.

Section 2 – How Counsellors Relate

In this section you will learn how to build a satisfactory working relationship with the client. Listening skills, body language and attention are explained and the student learns how to recognise and start to talk about clients’ feelings. The section leads on to core skills of counselling and helping. Special topics presented here include how to relate to the resistant client, and the process of making a referral.

Section 3 – Understanding the Client’s Problems

This section focuses on understanding your client: how they think and feel and their behaviour. Specific skills are presented such as challenging the client, how to deliver feedback and when self-disclosure is useful. A method is given for observing and recording the client’s behaviour and choosing which mental skills, communication skills and behaviours can be targeted for improvement.

Section 4 – Helping People to Change

Section 4 goes more deeply into techniques for change, involving helping clients to use better ways of thinking and relating to others so as to improve their life skills and coping skills. Part of this skill set is drawn from life coaching. Clients can also be shown how to monitor their behaviour and thoughts using charts and diaries, how to organise progressive tasks for change, and how to give themselves rewards. The unit also looks at the middle and termination stages of counselling with guidelines on how to navigate through these phases with the client, leaving the client with skills for self-help.

Section 5 – Special Issues in Counselling

Section 5 contains important topics for the counsellor to be aware of. The following topics are introduced: progressive relaxation, mental relaxation, mindful breathing, crisis management, gender and culture in counselling, ethical issues concerning duty of care, further training and supervision, use of technology (counselling over the internet), and professional development. Awareness of these factors can help the student decide what type of additional training he/she would like to do next.

     PART II -  Stress Management and Relaxation

This part will include the following:

Theory of Stress
Breathing exercises,
Progressive relaxation,
Applied relaxation,
Brief combination techniques,
Anger training,
Refuting irrational ideas,
Worry control,
Coping skills,
Goal setting and time management,
Coping with job stress,
Simple nutrition,


Successful graduates will receive the Diploma in Counselling, Helping and Stress Management Skills - the full formal title of the course - awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK qualification. Course graduates will also receive an additional certification as a Stress Management Coach.The college is accredited by the International Association for Distance Learning. Course graduates may use the postnominal initials Dip.C.S.M. and Certified Stress Management Coach.

The course is accredited by ACCPH and graduates may apply for membership.

We will also give details of other possible professional associations.

Students will be entitled to exemption from parts of certain other UKCHT courses.

A path to further qualifiations after this course is provided by our Diploma in Holistic Life Coaching and by our Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Prospective 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 advise on local regulations in your country. However, "Stress Management" by itself is unlikely to be regulated, and neither is "Life Coaching".

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 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.



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