CI Level 3 Diploma in Spiritual Coaching and Care Giving

Diploma in Spiritual Coaching and Care Giving

Ofqual Register Qual No: 601/8673/2 Sector Subject Area: Health and Social Care

The UK’s pioneering accredited vocational course in spirituality and wellbeing.

Starts September 2024 online


Integrates mind-body-spirit.

Emotionally intelligent & psychologically literate.

Grounded & practical.

Science of spirituality & health.

Course Units

Our course consists of four units. Originally designed as a Masters degree course we chose to develop it as a practical vocational qualification, accessible to all regardless of their academic achievements. We are particularly careful to balance personal experience with relevant theory. This also ensures that the more scholarly students are enabled into a more experiential and embodied practice. Compassionate care also requires sensitive, grounded and adaptable communications skills.

 Click on each Unit below for a fuller description of the Unit.

Unit 1 - Person-Centred Spiritual Practice

In this unit learners explore the concepts and practices of spirituality that can benefit health and wellbeing. They are introduced to both a diversity of approaches and also generic similarities. They are supported in exploring and clarifying the circumstances and approach that best support their own spiritual practice; and then implementing this into a daily routine. They explore how spiritual practices can be developed and deepened to support health and wellbeing.

Unit 2 - Reflective Practice and Self-Awareness in the Context of Spiritual Development

In this unit learners explore, implement and develop strategies of reflective practice. They are facilitated in clarifying their own best circumstances and methods for conducting their own reflective practice. At the same time (building on Unit 1) they explore and develop the core skills of compassionate self-witnessing, mindful awareness of thoughts and feelings, and inner dialogue.

Unit 3 - Science and Context

This unit introduces learners to the history, culture and science of the health and wellbeing benefits of spirituality. Learners explore the evidence base, and the physiology and psychology of how these benefits are mediated and achieved. Learners are also introduced to the cultural context of the subject and the communication difficulties and misunderstandings associated with it. Learners are supported in developing and clarifying their own terms of reference. This approach supports learners in becoming autonomous self-managing individuals.

Unit 4 - Spiritual Care in Practice

In this unit the historical roots of medicine and spirituality are discussed including those from Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and from tribal traditions. The relationship between spirituality and medicine in contemporary culture is considered, as are authoritative statements on good practice and spirituality including those made by WHO, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Ofsted and the NHS. Learners are encouraged to reflect on their own experiences of spirituality and healthcare and to explore the evidence base for the health benefits of spirituality. The difference between the benefits of religion (faith based communities) and spirituality (individualistic) are explored. Physiological mechanisms, including psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), heart rate variability (HRV), gut ecology and polyvagal theory are introduced and the core concepts of mind-body medicine discussed.

Dates, Requirements, Application



Our next course starts September 2024 and ends July 2025.

Classes are weekly online Wednesdays 7:00pm to 9:30pm (UK)

There are three terms:
1. September 25 to December 18
2. January 15 to April 9
3. April 30 to July 23

Students must be able to attend all sessions; and also be available for four tutorial sessions. (The timing of these tutorial sessions to be negotiated.)


Students need:
Computer/Tablet with stable internet connection.
During sessions camera will always be on and microphone needs to be fit for purpose.
A private space where the student is alone.
Students will participate in small groups and breakout rooms.
Ability to record short audio files as part of your portfolio admission.
Confidence in uploading documents to a cloud based application to submit work to your portfolio (such as Word, PowerPoint and audio files). 

Assignments and Assessment

Assignments will be uploaded via an online portfolio system, which will be fully explained.
Assignments are mainly reflective writings based in the student’s personal experience, which will be fully explained at start of course.
There will also be observational assessments of the student’s ability to use appropriate communication and mindfulness skills.
Students are also required to conduct and log a daily spiritual wellbeing practice.

For the full Ofqual specification of our qualification click here


The full fee for the course and qualification is £2790.

Students receive details about how to pay etc after having been accepted on to the course.
An immediate deposit of £360 will be required
A staggered payment scheme can be arranged. (Please mention on the Application form.)

Concessions — There are no bursaries but concessions are available depending on circumstances, especially for engaged activists under 35  employed in the education, health and campaigning sectors. To apply for a concession please go through the application process and at the same time add a note explaining your situation.

All enquiries about fees and  payments go to our administrator, Diana Forrester-Brown —

To Apply


Participants must be 18 or over.
There are no formal academic requirements.
The application form requires a brief biography that includes the applicant’s personal and work history, plus a description of the applicant’s motivation.
We are particularly keen that students demonstrate their emotional literacy and a welcoming attitude to diversity and self-management.

Apply for the course using our online form here.

Policies, Refunds, etc

You will find all our relevant policies click here.

Meet the team

Sarah Jane Williamson

Course Leader

Sarah Jane Williamson has been teaching spiritual practice and spiritual activism for over 30 years. With a background in education, public health management and the charity sector, she brings a profound awareness of students’ and clients’ needs.
Her spiritual background includes Druidism and the Western mystical traditions. She is a qualified leadership coach and equine assisted learning facilitator with an interest in how human-equine interaction guides our connection with and appreciation of the other-than-human world.


Tutors and Guest Teachers

Martine Moorby

Martine Moorby  is a Spiritual Companions Educator and was part of the team that developed this qualification. With a background in secondary education, Martine is a senior trainer in Reiki and Emotional Freedom Techniques.

John Abdey is a Spiritual Companions educator. Originally in the civil service John was a senior member of the Findhorn Foundation for many years. He has a particular interest in western and masonic spirituality.

Angela Sellens Drake is a Spiritual Companions Educator and has been training professional and advanced Reflexology since 1996. She  has a well-established practice in Norwich, England. Pathways Reflexology.

William Bloom portrait

William Bloom is the founder/director of the Spiritual Companions Trust and author of many pioneering books including ‘The Power of Modern Spirituality’ and ‘The Endorphin Effect.’


Jenny Heaton is a Spiritual Companion and has been a homeopath and massage practitioner for over twenty years. Jenny is based in Devon, where she also works as a gardener.  She is also a musician, with extensive teaching and performing experience.

Elaine Thelier is a Spiritual Companion and works as an eco-therapeutic counsellor, coach and supervisor with a focus on working outdoors. Elaine also works as an artist.

So much love and gratitude for the most phenomenal year. You have created something very powerful and I am in deep gratitude. To be part of a caring community of like minded and extremely supportive souls has been a joy and a gift.
Susannah Moore, primary school teacher

Big thank you. I feel I’ve really benefitted from the whole programme. It’s an initiative with real value and something truly ground-breaking.
Paul Smith, university lecturer

I have grown in so many ways! This course has opened my eyes to a world and universe I never realised was so big. The awareness I have with how I behave and respond to my friends, family and clients and their response in return is just fantastic.
Jo Creighton, holistic therapist