UK College of Holistic Training

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A FREE textbook is given to UK students.  Students residing outside the UK will need to purchase the book themselves.


Moodley, Roy and West, William. Integrating Traditional Healing Practices into Counseling and Psychotherapy. Sage, 2005.




wise owl imageDiploma in Multicultural
Approaches to Healing and Psychotherapy

a course in diversity within therapy and healing
Distance Learning Course Details

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

Total recommended period of study: approx. 6 months or less. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.

Cost: 350.00  (350 Pounds Sterling - for currency conversion see www.xe.com)

One FREE textbook will be included for students from the UK.   Students outside the UK will need to buy the textbook separately.  No other books are required.


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 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 psychotherapy.  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 group therapy.

Course content

The specific areas outlined by this course are:

  • shamanism;

  • indigenous (incl. Native American) worldviews;

  • the djinn and Islamic spirituality;

  • spiritual healing;

  • African and Caribbean healing and spirituality;

  • Latin American healing;

  • Chinese medicine;

  • Indian therapies and spirituality;

  • prayer and “Spirit-filled” Christianity;

  • Jewish healing;

  • Buddhism and psychotherapy;

  • the sweat lodge;

  • Morita therapy;

  • Pagan healing;

  • Yoga and psychology;

  • New Age and Holistic therapy;

  • plus a selection of readings on the integration of therapy and traditional methods.

Entry criteria  

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.


Successful graduates will receive the 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 Distance Learning. Course graduates may use the postnominal designation Dip. M.H.P.

This course is a private qualification for the helping professional in private practice, 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.

The course is accredited by  ACCPH (see links in left-hand column)

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