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UpdateApril 2016 No. 54

Welcome to our April edition of Update. It's a glorious time of year, isn't it? It's all about firsts ... first time of leaving work in daylight, first time of going out without a coat, walking the dog without wellies... and many more.

We hope you are all enjoying the spring time and looking forward to the summer months to come. It won't be long!

Guide to funding

The funding landscape is changing for 2016-17, with some good news and some not so good.

For example, CSK-L2 will no longer meet the criteria for funding entitlement as a 'full' level 2 qualification - which has to be a minimum of 150 GLH - but on the other hand, all of our level 2 qualifications will be eligible for funding under the new 'local flexibilities' scheme. As the name implies, for these qualifications the position will vary from one area to the next; for the first year at least the allocations will be handled by the Skills Funding Agency before they are devolved to the different areas and managed according to local need.

From 16th May 2016, learners aged 19 and over will be able to apply to the Skills Funding Agency for Advanced Learner Loans for CPCAB qualifications from levels 3 to 6. This is the other good news: loans eligibility has been extended to level 6 (during 2015-16, only levels 3 and 4 were eligible).

This means that for 2016 all CPCAB qualifications will be eligible for some sort of funding in England – either local flexibility or 19+ loans. For further information see our guides to funding which are updated periodically as new information arrives.

Tutor CDs

From September this year CPCAB will no longer be sending out tutor CDs.

This is in response to feedback from many of you that technology is moving on and it isn't always easy to access a CD drive/player. The CDs can also go astray! The documents that have traditionally been included on your CD are already available to download from the CPCAB website, of course, which we aim to update to make it easier for you to track them down. The one exception is mock papers (and associated DVDs).

We will be developing a password-protected portal for use by tutors or exams department but in the meantime the arrangements will be:

  • For all qualifications that have a mock paper, Marina will email it to you when you register your groups;
  • For all qualifications that also include a DVD (CSK-L2 and CST-L3), Marina will follow up the email with a DVD sent to you by post;

Marina is also keeping the whole process under her eagle eye – if you have any concerns, please email or phone her on 01458 852054.

Skills for Health (SfH) – some good news!

CPCAB has successfully applied for an extension of support for all CPCAB qualifications from Skills for Health and approval has been granted until 2021!

Standardisation days 2016-17

Dates are available now for standardisation training next year. Some dates get booked up very quickly so if you have a firm favourite don't leave it too late!

RQF and TQT?

A couple of important new acronyms to get your head round!

As you know, in September 2015 the new qualifications framework, the RQF (Regulated Qualification Framework), was introduced and the QCF was discontinued. This change is being reflected in a number of ways including a change to the formal titles of CPCAB qualifications; they now appear on the Ofqual Register with ‘RQF’ instead of ‘QCF’ in the title. There is no change to the content or assessment.

Most of these changes are behind the scenes and won't be visible to centres or students but you will notice in our 2016-17 documentation that each qualification has been allocated a figure for TQT (Total Qualification Time) as well as the existing figure for GLH (Guided Learning Hours). TQT includes GLH – but it also includes hours that are likely to be needed for study time or any other activities that aren't supervised by a tutor.

From Ofqual's own guidance ...

“an estimate of the number of hours a Learner will reasonably be likely to spend in preparation, study or any other form of participation in education or training, including assessment, which takes place as directed by – but unlike Guided Learning, not under the Immediate Guidance or Supervision of – a lecturer, supervisor, tutor or other appropriate provider of education or training.”

We hope this is helpful – if you'd like to know more read Ofqual's guidance about TQT.

And at the same time...

You might also notice that our Qualification Documents have been re-titled ‘Specifications’ and the change isn't simply a whim on our part – it's designed to fit in with the terminology used by national agencies including Ofqual, Skills for Health and the Skills Funding Agency. The new name is already beginning to appear on the website although the full range of downloadable documents won't be available until the summer months. Rest assured that the contents are largely the same, except that the specifications now incorporate certain new features including TQT figures, statement of purpose and funding statement. The information you have always looked for in the Qualification Documents is still there in a recognisable form.

At the risk of repeating ourselves...

A reminder to TC-L4 tutors about this important message, also sent out in February's Update:

Level 4 tutors are reminded that the preferred method of submitting recorded sessions for external assessment is via wetransfer.com. Guidance is included in your assessment packs and the WeTransfer website might be helpful to you. Please contact Marina if you have any difficulties at all.

School-based counselling

A research project into school-based counselling is looking to find 20 English secondary schools that do NOT currently have an established counselling provision for their pupils. Eligible schools will receive a high-quality professional counselling service at no cost to the school for two years. Interested schools should email peter.pearce@metanoia.ac.uk.

Free seminars

“Couple and sexual relationships in the 21st century: New challenges for partners and practitioners.”
Location: Open University campus, Camden, London. Time: 6:30-8pm

Topics:

Counselling Skills and Studies book

We're delighted to hear from Sage Publications that “Counselling Skills and Studies” - a book co-authored by our very own Traci Postings, Fiona Ballantine Dykes and Barry Kopp (with an introduction from Anthony Crouch) - is one of their bestselling titles with nearly 3,700 copies sold so far.

Counselling in Secondary Schools lecture video

Here's an informative and interesting lecture by Prof. Mick Cooper. It's called “Counselling in UK Secondary Schools: What we know, what we're doing, what we need to find out”.

Inaugural Lecture by Mick Cooper from Roehampton Media Services on Vimeo.

Providing services for transgender customers

CPCAB takes a proactive stance in terms of avoiding discrimination and seeks to follow not just the word but also the spirit of equal opportunities legislation.

We have recently become aware of a useful guidance document provided by the Government Equalities Office and you may find it worth reading if you haven't done so already. It's in very user-friendly English and gives helpful examples of good practice, some of which may be relevant to you in our approved centres.

CPCAB's social media family

We are delighted to let you know that our combined social network now includes 9,000 'YouTweetFacers', having added 1,000 in the last 5 months. This is a combination of:

Open University Foundation Degree in Counselling

This is just a note to remind you to tell candidates that when they have completed TC-L4 (Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling) they have already completed half - 120 credits - of the OU Foundation degree. Candidates can go on to take either of the CPCAB level 5 qualifications (worth 30 credits) or can opt to complete all the final 120 credits directly with the OU choosing distance learning modules. For more information see the Foundation Degree page on our website.

Humour

Therapist: “What seems to be the problem?”

Client: “Well, I, um ... I think I ... I might be a nymphomaniac.”

Therapist: “I see. Well, I'm sure I can help you. If you'd like to work with me, my fee is £50 an hour.”

Client: “That's not bad at all. How much for all night?”