Approaches to Healing and Psychotherapy
a course in diversity within
therapy and healing
accreditation: International Association for
Course accredited by Guild for Stress Management
Specialists and by ACCPH (see links in left-hand
recommended period of study: approx.
less. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.
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textbook will be included for students
from the UK. Students outside the UK
will need to buy the
textbook separately. No other books are
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.
introduction and aims
The aim of the course is to provide an academic,
theoretical and explicatory context for further
exploration of particular cultural approaches and how
they might find a place alongside counselling or
This course is offered for professional
development/continuing eduation purposes and does not
include instructions in particular healing disciplines.
It is not a training or qualification in how to carry
out particular healing methods.
Counsellors, psychotherapists and other helping
professionals in a multicultural society frequently face
the question of how to cope with a client who has or
wants to pursue a traditional or healing approach. The
favoured method may be a traditional ethnic practice, a
“New Age” practice, a form of complementary medicine, or
a religious approach. The more helpers know about such
practices, the more they can make decisions such as:
should they offer an opinion about the practice? Is it
compatible with good therapy? Are they the best
therapist for the client? Does the minority culture have
its own theory of illness? Are there any social or
family complications that the practice introduces?
Should the therapist refer on to a colleague who is more
knowledgeable with or more sympathetic to the client’s
culture? Is there any indication that the practice can
aid the promotion of health?
How important is the practice and its cultural or
religious beliefs to the client’s sense of self, life
mission and meaning? Looking at a range of
traditional and alternative healing approaches and
discussions, as offered in this course, can open the
therapist to further enquiry into specific areas of
healing, as well as aiding rapport with clients and
helping to offer the best integrative treatment plans.
The course will also be of interest to trainers and
supervisors as well as practitioners of one-to-one and
The specific areas outlined by this course are:
indigenous (incl. Native American) worldviews;
the djinn and Islamic spirituality;
African and Caribbean healing and spirituality;
Latin American healing;
Indian therapies and spirituality;
prayer and “Spirit-filled” Christianity;
Buddhism and psychotherapy;
the sweat lodge;
Yoga and psychology;
New Age and Holistic therapy;
plus a selection of readings on the integration of
therapy and traditional methods.
The level of this course is at postgraduate standard
(called graduate in the US).
(However this is a private sector award and
so is not called a "graduate" or "postgraduate"
diploma.) The course may be also taken for
personal interest by candidates with suitable academic
or self-study backgrounds. Most students will have a
degree and professional qualifications. A high standard
of English is also desirable.
Diploma in Multicultural
Approaches to Healing and Psychotherapy awarded
by UK College of
Holistic Training which is a private UK
qualification. The college is
accredited by the International Association for
Course graduates may use the postnominal designation
This course is a private
qualification for the helping professional in
those who already have the core qualifications for
their career, or
those interested in the subject. It may
be taken for professional development/continuing
education purposes or for personal interest.
is accredited by Guild
for Stress Management and Trauma Specialists
and also by ACCPH (see links in left-hand column)
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