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Student UpdateJul 2018 No. 38

As another academic year draws to a close, we send our best wishes to you, as always, for a healthy and relaxing summer break. It's a rather odd time for us as normally at this time of year a number of our staff would be recovering after the exertions of Glastonbury Festival, which takes place just a few miles away from our office. 2018 is a gap year though, as many of you already know, and we're sure that some of you will be feeling a bit lost as a result! No doubt 2019 will be extra special to make up for it.

It's been no bad thing, in a way, as we're very busy here at CPCAB (although there's nothing new about that!) but we do have time to offer our thanks to you all for your support and friendly, collaborative style of working together. Here's wishing you all some wonderful summer weather and some time to recharge your batteries. See you in September!

A New Vision for Mental Health

The New Vision for Mental Health website asks: “Have you ever wondered what mental healthcare would look like if, knowing what we know today, it was redesigned from scratch?”

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Social media

As we are all becoming aware, we are living in a world where social media plays an increasing role in our daily lives. We know that there can be very helpful aspects to this, including support groups for tutors, candidates and counsellors.

This is a gentle reminder to be conscious of what information you are sharing with others though; client confidentiality is a key part of the training but there are other considerations too, particularly in terms of external assessment. If candidates share information about question papers with others in different groups, for example, it could be viewed as malpractice and may even result in the later assessments being declared Void. Thank you for keeping this in mind.

Funding news

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has published information about a new trial that will enable Adult Education Budget providers to fully fund learners who are employed and in receipt of a low wage and cannot contribute towards the cost of co-funding fees.

There will be a one-year trial of this approach for the 2018 to 2019 funding year. The new eligibility requirements for learners to receive full funding during the trial are:

  • those that are eligible for co-funding, and,
  • earn less than £15,736.50 annual gross salary based on the Social Mobility Commission's low pay threshold of £8.07 (hourly rate in 2016) and on the assumption of a 37.5 hour contract with paid statutory holiday entitlement

Further information can be found on


A reminder that we are grateful for your feedback on our qualifications and service. Feedback is a vital part of our annual qualifications review every spring, but we are happy to receive it, both from tutors and from candidates at any time of year.

This link will take you to a simple online form; it should only take a few minutes to complete. Many thanks.

Coming shortly - new support book for Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Following on from the very successful CPCAB book 'Counselling Skills and Studies', available from Sage Publications, we are happy to announce that a second book is currently being developed by CPCAB. This new book will be an ideal support text for students on the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and include chapters on finding a placement, seeking personal counselling, and how to integrate your theoretical model into your real world counselling practice.

Watch this space for a hotly anticipated publication date in mid-2019!

New Head of Business and Development...

In September this year we will welcome Ray van der Poel as our new Head of Business and Development. In this important role his main focus will be on managing the business and developing our range of services for counsellors and counselling trainees.

Ray brings a wealth of relevant experience to his new role. In addition to being a practising counsellor he also lectures on the addictions counselling degree course at Bath University. He's no stranger to CPCAB either, having delivered our qualifications at Broadreach House in Plymouth where he was Training and Education Manager for 14 years and built the centre up from a one-man-band to one which employed 20 staff and had more than 700 students each year.

In his spare time, Ray is a keen walker and surfer.

...and a new Finance Assistant!

We are also delighted to welcome Sarah Hellings to our CPCAB family in the post of Finance Assistant. It's a busy role but she's looking forward to getting more involved with all aspects of our operation as well, so your paths may cross at some point!

Sarah lives close to head office in a neighbouring village and comes to us with a background in a variety of roles, including local government. This followed a major change of focus from her previous career in hairdressing, a feeling that will no doubt be familiar to many of our counselling trainees. She's a busy lady out of the office as well, with children, grandchildren and a puppy keeping her occupied. Relaxation, when she can find time for it, comes in the form of gardening and travel, both at home and in more exotic locations. Sarah is another CPCAB-er who is feeling the loss of Glastonbury Festival this year and, like many of us, is counting the days until June 2019! Pleased to meet you, Sarah.

And finally (in staffing news)...

Congratulations our Qualification Service Manager, Kelly Budd, who has been promoted to Head of Qualifications in recognition of her contribution to CPCAB over the past 18 months. In her new role Kelly will continue to be responsible for the Qualifications Service but will also take a leading role in the management and development of the organisation in the years ahead. Well done Kelly!