Podcast: Check-in with CPCAB

CPCAB would like to support learners on their counselling training journey and are pleased to have collaborated with Counselling Tutor with a 10-minute section 'Check-in with CPCAB' within their weekly podcast.

Supporting Students to Gain Counselling Placements
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At CPCAB we want to do all we can to support our students during these challenging times.

In the latest Counselling Tutor podcast Kelly Budd, Head of Qualifications at CPCAB, talks about student placements during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kelly explains the letter to placement providers that has been written by CPCAB and may be used by CPCAB centres and candidates when approaching agencies to offer reassurance and outline our commitment to good practice.

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#156 - The new BACP Approved Practitioner Qualification
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In our last episode of the academic year Ray van der Poel reflects on the way in which our podcasts, in association with Counselling Tutor, have enabled CPCAB to engage with learners and tutors in a new way. He also discusses the new BACP Approved Practitioner Qualification available from September 2020.

The resource below is suggested as further information relating to this podcast:

Find out more about the new BACP Approved Practitioner Qualification – CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

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#155 - Planning New Counselling Training Courses 2020/21
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As you start to plan for your next courses, it is possible that not all students or tutors will be able to return to the classroom. In this podcast, Molly Ayre discusses options for a blended approach to teaching and learning.

The resources below are suggested as further information relating to this podcast:

We have recorded a series of short videos covering tips for tutors delivering CPCAB courses remotely. We hope they will answer common queries or difficulties you may have faced whilst transitioning to remote teaching.

Watch the videos here and don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel to view all of our video content.

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#154 - Deliberate Practice
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In this podcast Kelly Budd discusses the use of a Deliberate Practice approach and how it could be beneficial to a student’s educational journey.

The resources below are suggested as further information relating to this podcast:

Mastering the Inner Skills of Psychotherapy: A Deliberate Practice Manual Paperback (2019) by Tony Rousmaniere

The Cycle of Excellence: Using Deliberate Practice to Improve Supervision and Training (2017) by Tony Rousmaniere

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#153 - COVID-19 - New Assessment Protocols
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In light of exams being cancelled this summer, Heather Price discusses the new assessment protocols that have been agreed by Ofqual, the regulator in England. These alternative methods of assessment are to enable students to gain a result this summer so they can progress to the next level or graduate as a professional counsellor.  Heather explains the three categories of mitigation – calculation, adaption, or delay and the process and structure of the new adapted Level 4 case review.

The resource below is suggested as further information relating to this podcast:

CPCAB’s Approach to Mitigation for Regulated Qualifications During the COVID-19 Situation - Guidance for Centres May 2020

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#152 – Adding CBT Skills to your Practice
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In this podcast Ray van der Poel discusses how counsellors may enhance their employability by completing the CPCAB Level 5 qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). The qualification is intended for candidates who want to develop CBT skills and theory as an integral part of their professional counselling work.

The resources below are suggested as further information relating to this podcast: 

CPCAB and The Counselling Channel have produced an exclusive film titled ‘Understanding Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’. This film demonstrates how the theory and skills of CBT can be successfully applied in counselling practice. 

Find out more about the Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory (CBT-L5).

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#151 - Why top up to Level 5?
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When you have finished your Level 4 Diploma and completed a year of client work you might want to specialise in a particular client group, learn more about independent practice, or work towards the Open University Foundation Degree. In this podcast, Heather Price discusses Level 5 qualifications.

The resource below is suggested as further information relating to this podcast:

The CPCAB progression route provides a clearly defined pathway to becoming a qualified counsellor.

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#150 - Preparing for Exams
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Please note: This podcast was recorded prior to the coronavirus crisis.

We understand how nerve-wracking many people find exams, it often brings back the fear and anxiety of sitting in a school exam hall. So when you have signed up for a course that has an examination in it, what are our best suggestions for getting through it and demonstrating what you have learnt? In this podcast we share our top tips on overcoming exam anxiety.

The resources below are suggested as further information relating to this podcast:

This document provides a complete guide to external assessment for candidates studying for the TC-L4 qualification.

This article from Times Higher Education provides handy tips on how to manage your anxiety.

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#149 - Support Networks
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In this week’s podcast Heather Price discusses the personal and professional support networks that are available once you have completed your course.

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#148 - Assessment Methods
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It is CPCAB’s belief that the holistic nature of counselling work is best assessed through a variety of methods to ensure that learners are not only able to explain their theoretical understanding, but also demonstrate their ability to carry out practical skills. It is also important that the student’s ability to self-reflect is included, alongside the ability to give personal feedback to others at similar levels of training, therefore peer-assessment is also a key factor. This podcast discusses the various types of evidence that can be used to meet criteria.

Additional information relating to the topic of assessment methods can be found in this podcast summary by Kelly Budd, Head of Qualifications at CPCAB.

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#147 - Issuing Results
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You have finished your course, completed your portfolio, and passed the external assessment – what happens next? Heather discusses how results and certificates are issued.

The processes and procedures for issuing exam results differ from centre to centre. Therefore, please contact your tutor, centre manager, or exams department if you have a query related to the release of exam results or certificates.

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#146 - Dealing with Complaints
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In this week’s podcast Kelly Budd - Head of Qualifications at CPCAB explains the complaints process if an issue were to arise with your learning experience.

The resource below is suggested as further information relating to this podcast.

While it would be great to hear that every student’s course experience is a 100% positive one, sometimes issues and conflicts do arise. These are often natural occurrences and learning can be gained from addressing and overcoming these difficulties.

If you do find that you wish to make a complaint about your learning experience, your first port of call is to approach your centre to make use of their complaints process.

CPCAB’s role in regard to complaints is outlined in our complaints policy available at: https://www.cpcab.co.uk/public_docs/complaints_policy

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Accommodating Students and Centres during the Coronavirus Outbreak
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* Information in this podcast was correct at the time of recording [28/03/2020], however more recent updates can be found here *

In this week's podcast Kelly Budd - Head of Qualifications at CPCAB talks about the guidance CPCAB is providing to centres and candidates during this unprecedented COVID-19 situation. CPCAB are committed to supporting the continuation of counselling training and enabling candidates to complete their studies.

The resources below are suggested as further information relating to this podcast.

Please find our latest statement statement here which will be updated as the current Coronavirus situation develops.
For specific questions, we have produced a ‘frequently asked questions’ document that can be viewed here.
We have also written detailed guidance for centre closures which includes alternative teaching methods available here.

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#145 – External Verifier Visit
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What is an External Verifier (EV) and why might they visit your training group? In this podcast Heather discusses the role of EV’s within CPCAB and what they are looking for in a centre.

The resource below is suggested as further information relating to this podcast.

Guide to Internal Moderation and Verification for Centres
The link provides a guide to internal moderation and verification – this support documentation is designed for centres and tutors.

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#144 - What Do Tutors Learn from their Students?
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Have you ever considered how much tutors learn from their students during the counselling teaching journey? In this podcast Kelly Budd, Head of Qualifications at CPCAB, reflects on the positive impact that students had on her growth and teaching practice.

The resource below is suggested as further information relating to this podcast.

This podcast summary by Kelly Budd provides an insight into Kelly’s personal experience as a tutor learning from her students, and theories relating to this experience.

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#143 - Minimum Assessment Levels
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In this podcast Heather discusses CPCAB’s minimum assessment requirements and why they might be different to other awarding bodies.

The resource below is suggested as further information relating to this podcast.

To find out more about minimum assessment levels and what else our qualifications cover, please refer to CPCAB’s Qualification Specifications

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#142 - What else does CPCAB do?
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In this podcast Ray shares information about CPCAB’s associated project - New Vision for Mental Health. The NVMH website looks at new and interesting things happening in mental healthcare and Ray points to the importance of understanding the wider landscape in which counselling sits.

The resources below are suggested as further information relating to this podcast.

Power Threat Meaning Framework: a slideshow presentation
The framework follows on from work “in conjunction with service users, on developing a multi-factorial and contextual approach which incorporates social, psychological and biological factors.”

A New Vision for Mental Health
A new vision for mental health website aims to explore and suggest various answers to the way we approach mental healthcare today. It also challenges each of the mental health professions to engage constructively with the wider sector.

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#141 - Standardising Assessment Levels
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In this podcast Heather discusses the importance of standardisation training which CPCAB provides to its tutors to ensure that all courses are delivered and assessed at the same standard.

The resource below is suggested as further information relating to this podcast.

Standardisation Training
CPCAB host free face-to-face standardisation meetings across the country. They always feature a welcome and an introduction section on what’s new in the ever expanding community of counselling qualifications and then workshops on the standards of the different level qualifications and focus groups.

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#140 - Dual relationships with Tutors
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In this podcast Heather discusses how dual relationships with tutors might cause a conflict of interest. This covers commonly asked questions including “Why can’t my tutor be my personal therapist?” and “I want my tutor to be my supervisor” which are two examples of dual relationships which may raise this issue.

The resources below are suggested as further information relating to this podcast.

BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professionals
Guidance for ethical good practice in counselling, supervision and counselling training. Please refer to sections 33, 37 & 79. www.bacp.co.uk

CPCAB Candidate Guide
Candidate Guide for Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4). Please refer to page 9.

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#139 - Working with long term clients
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In this Podcast Ray van der Poel discusses some of the nuances encountered in the counsellor - client relationship when working with clients long term.

The resources below are suggested as further information relating to this podcast.

Person-Centred Counselling in Action
Person-Centred Counselling in Action, Fourth Edition is an invaluable resource for those embarking on their first stages of training. SAGE publishing

Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy
This ground-breaking text goes to the very heart of the therapeutic meeting between therapist and client. Focusing on the concept of 'relational depth', the authors describe a form of encounter in which therapist and client experience profound feelings of contact and engagement with each other, and in which the client has an opportunity to explore whatever is experienced as most fundamental to her or his existence. SAGE publishing

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#138 - Progression routes in counselling
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Having started on a foundation counselling skills course you may now feel that you want to take the training to the next level. This podcast discusses ways to do this and the benefits of following a defined progression route.

The resources below are suggested as further information relating to this podcast.

First Steps in Counselling
This book is for students on basic introduction to counselling courses from around 20 to 100 hours duration. In his highly acclaimed approachable style, Sanders covers all relevant areas of training at this level - theory, personal development and building helping skills. Good Reads.

A Student’s Guide to Therapeutic Counselling
This highly practical book is a comprehensive training guide based around the 7 core processes of practitioner development and will appeal to learners on diploma courses at Level 4 and above.  It offers a firm foundation of knowledge and skills, looks at practice issues, helps with study, and answers the most common questions students have when training. SAGE Publishing

CPCAB’s Progression Route
This is a useful infographic showing CPCAB's modular system of qualifications.

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#137 - Taking a year off between Diploma Years 1 and 2
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When embarking on a two-year CPCAB Diploma course it would be expected that you make that commitment for the full two years. However sometimes life gets in the way, this discussion centres around what you can do if you need to take time out.

The resource below is suggested as further information relating to this podcast.

TC-L4 Tutor Guide (page 16)
Tutor Guide for Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4)

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#136 - Student support networks during the course
Podcast

While studying counselling your peer student network can be an incredible support. There are clear benefits from connecting with those going through the same challenging journey as you, however sometimes when difficult emotions are triggered your peers can bear the brunt of this emotional ‘fallout’. In this podcast we discuss the importance of kindness in counselling training, and in life.

The resource below is suggested as further information relating to this podcast.

Why being kind could help you live longer.
‘What can kindness do for you? Give you a warm glow perhaps, or a feeling of well-being? While that may be true, scientists and academics at a new research centre say it can do much more - it can extend your life’. BBC News, Washington.

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