Certificate in Counselling
and Helping Skills (NEW 2017)
accreditation: International Association for
Course accredited by
Guild for Stress Management and Trauma
Specialists and by ACCPH (see links in
A distance learning
course for anyone who helps, guides or manages
people including hypnotherapists, health
workers, managers and
life coaches. This replaces our previous
Certificate in Counselling Skills.
recommended period of study: 3
months. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.
£175.00 (175 Pounds Sterling- for currency conversion see
A FREE textbook will be included for students from the UK. Students
outside the UK will need to order the textbook separately - free shipping is
available to many countries from our recommended
A 50-page course manual is also provided in PDF format.
Method of study:
Textbook study. Written assignments based on
textbook, self-reflection and set exercises. Assignment questions are issued by email and
students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are issued by
email. Continuous assessment - no final exam.
Nominal study hours: 120 hours.
Our exclusive 50-page course manual/workbook supplements the course
This course replaces our previous introductory
course in counselling skills with a more up-to-date and comprehensive
approach. The course is aimed both at counselling students intending to
go on to longer full counselling or psychotherapy courses and
qualifications, and those who want a stand-alone shorter course for use
in their work as informal counsellors or helpers in a variety of
settings such as voluntary or educational work, life coaching, nursing,
health care work, youth work, pastoral work, mentoring and human
Hypnotherapists and complementary therapists will
also benefit from this course which will give them an essential
background in therapist-client communication skills together with
practical techniques, as well as a qualification in counselling skills
that can lead to membership of a professional register. The course may
also be taken for personal interest or self-development.
The course 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
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
Section 4 –
Helping People to Change
Section 4 goes more
deeply into techniques for change, which means 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. Appendices are provided on selected additional topics that are not
part of the assessment. These include: autism; breathing problems; PTSD;
stress breakdown; the highly sensitive person. Additional recommended
reading is suggested.
Previous Certificate students
If you previously took our Certificate in Counselling Skills, this
course has different material. You can take this course for only £100.
(Reductions not available for any other counselling courses.)
Successful graduates will receive the
Certificate in Counselling and Helping Skills 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 Cert.
This course is accredited by
The Guild for Stress Management and Trauma Specialists and by ACCPH (Accredited
Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists).
UK Graduates of the
course will be eligible to apply to register
with "Counselling", a registered charity - see
www.counselling.ltd.uk, and on successful
registration the graduate will be entitled to
the style "CCC Registered Counsellor."
("Counselling" does not
accredit or approve the UKCHT course.)
We will advise graduates with suitable
backgrounds on further routes towards membership
of professional bodies.
Prospective overseas 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 give advice on
local regulations in your country.
Please see our FAQs page for general information about
practising counselling and psychotherapy in the UK and elsewhere.
To apply for this course
now, go to our Application page