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CPCAB Coronavirus (COVID – 19) Update

We understand the need for support for our centres and learners as the current coronavirus situation develops.

Please use the links below to access our most current guidance and documentation, all of which will be updated as and when required:

If you are still unable to find an answer to your query, please contact us at contact@cpcab.co.uk

Learner Update
Learner Update
Learner Update - July 2021

Welcome to this summer’s edition of Update, which includes lots of important information and, of course, the final ‘humour’ spot that we know is appreciated!

One of the less well-advertised impacts of the whole pandemic situation is the difficulty your Update Editor is finding in writing an opening paragraph for your newsletter that is fresh and encouraging whilst acknowledging the strangeness that is still very much part of our lives. I turned to the July 2020 edition for inspiration and our opening section included this...

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Centre Update
Centre Update
Centre & Tutor Update - July 2021

Welcome to this summer’s edition of Update, which includes lots of important information and, of course, the final ‘humour’ spot that we know is appreciated!

One of the less well-advertised impacts of the whole pandemic situation is the difficulty your Update Editor is finding in writing an opening paragraph for your newsletter that is fresh and encouraging whilst acknowledging the strangeness that is still very much part of our lives. I turned to the July 2020 edition for inspiration and our opening section included this...

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New qualification alert!

Do you have learners who want to work with children and young people? Then this might be just what you are looking for.

Introducing the new CPCAB Level 5 – Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People (aged 11-18), the ONLY regulated qualification for this age range on the Ofqual register.

Why choose to deliver this qualification?

  • A recognised qualification specifically designed for qualified counsellors wishing to work with children and young people in the community e.g. schools, colleges and specialist agencies.
  • Enables candidates to meet professional association membership requirements/competences for working with this age range.
  • Offers an alternative Level 5 qualification to PC-L5 and CBT-L5

More information is available here

AVAILABLE NOW!

To register your interest and to find out more contact heather@cpcab.co.uk

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New Centre Alert

We are delighted to welcome Walk Tall to the CPCAB family.

This centre has been approved to deliver the following qualifications:

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New Centre Alert

We are delighted to welcome Neuro Harmony Limited to the CPCAB family.

This centre has been approved to deliver the following qualifications:

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New Centre Alert

We are delighted to welcome LKC Training and Support Services to the CPCAB family!

This centre has been approved to deliver our Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills (ICSK-L2).

Learner Update
Learner Update
Learner Update - April 2021

Welcome to the April edition of ‘Update’ newsletter.  We hope you’re enjoying the longer days and the promise of summer on its way. 

We’re all hearing from the media that it’s been a hard winter for many of us and this is coming through in some of the approaches we are receiving from both tutors and learners. 

If things do reach the point where you need to consider making a complaint, please read the article later in this newsletter, with guidance that we hope you’ll find useful.  But our main message is please, be kind to each other and remember, it won’t always be like this.  Sending you all our best wishes for a good … and healthy … summer and beyond.

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Centre Update
Centre Update
Centre & Tutor Update - April 2021

Welcome to the April edition of ‘Update’ newsletter.  We hope you’re enjoying the longer days and the promise of summer on its way.

Sending you all our best wishes for a good … and healthy … summer and beyond

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New Centre Alert

We are delighted to welcome Positive Routes to Wellbeing to the CPCAB family.

This centre has been approved to deliver our Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills (ICSK-L2).

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New Centre Alert

We are delighted to welcome STARS Dorset to the CPCAB family.

This centre has been approved to deliver the following Continuing Professional Development Workshops

• Working with Complex Trauma – Listener Induction Training

• Working with Complex Trauma – Counsellor Induction Training 

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National Counselling Society Article

The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) initiated a comprehensive strategic review of the Accredited Registers programme in 2020, and recently the National Counselling Society (NCS) made public their response.

This article represents the NCS’s evidence-informed response to the PSA review and includes some fascinating research and collation of information from their members, which CPCAB felt may be of interest to our network. 

We share this as part of our commitment to engaging our learners and centres with developments across the field of counselling and psychotherapy.

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New Centre Alert

We are delighted to welcome Birmingham Christian College to the CPCAB family!

This centre has been approved to deliver our Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CSK-L2) and Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CST-L3)

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New Centre Alert

We are delighted to welcome Foundation Counselling to the CPCAB family!

This centre has been approved to deliver our Level 2 Award in Understanding Substance Misuse (USM-L2).

Learner Update
Learner Update
Learner Update - January 2021

Best wishes to all of our learners at the start of a new year. After the ups and downs of 2020 we’re looking forward to what 2021 will bring with mixed feelings, particularly as we are facing restrictions in our daily lives again and the news is grim, but we hope that you feel refreshed anyway after the festive break and ready to take on new challenges.  As always, we are here to support you wherever we can and we send you all best wishes for the year ahead. Please stay safe.

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Centre Update
Centre Update
Centre Update - January 2021

Best wishes to all of our centres at the start of a new year. After the ups and downs of 2020 we’re looking forward to what 2021 will bring with mixed feelings, particularly as we are facing restrictions in our daily lives again and the news is grim, but we hope that you feel refreshed anyway after the festive break and ready to take on new challenges. As always, we are here to support you wherever we can and we send you all best wishes for the year ahead. Please stay safe. 

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E-Portfolio Survey

Teaching and learning has dramatically changed as a result of Covid-19. In response to this and feedback received, the team at CPCAB are researching what digital resources can further support our centres and learners to enhance the services and support provided by CPCAB. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated to understand the current level of demand for e-services and we would like to ask you to spare 5 minutes to complete this survey which specifically looks at e-portfolios.

An e-portfolio is a system that allows candidates to build and store a portfolio of work in the cloud. Candidates can store documents, pictures, audio or video clips and attach criteria to them for their tutor to see. Tutors can provide feedback to candidates on their work, sign it off and use the system to monitor progress of candidates. Furthermore, assessors, verifiers and moderators can be given remote access to portfolios.

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Latest Update from CPCAB 05/01/2021

We hope you were able to enjoy the festivities despite them being very different to previous years and we wish you a very happy new year.

After the recent government announcement CPCAB would like to reassure you all that our qualification delivery and assessments will continue to be supported throughout this year, despite the changing Covid-19 restrictions. The guidance document available here continues to be relevant and offers advice on course delivery, internal assessment, external assessment and placement work throughout the academic year.

All CPCAB External Assessments are due to go ahead as planned using the adapted formats outlined in the guidance document above.

CPCAB will shortly be releasing updated support information to centres on quality remote delivery and how to ensure candidates gain the most from their online studies.

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Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria

Our latest video explains the difference between learning outcomes and assessment criteria for CPCAB learners. 

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New Centre Alert

We are delighted to welcome ClearPath Counselling Training to the CPCAB family!

This centre has been approved to deliver our Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (PC-L5)

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Supporting Students to Gain Counselling Placements

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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Guide to Remote External Verification 2020/2021

Due to Covid-19 and for the safety of all our tutors and CPCAB staff, our External Verification process is currently being carried out remotely. We have put together a video in which John Coupe, one of CPCAB's External Verifiers (EV), explains how remote EV visits are conducted and what to expect from them. He also offers some tips on how to make the process easier for your team.

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New Vision for Mental Health – an Ecological Paradigm

Established by CPCAB, the New Vision project explores the question: What might a very different approach to mental healthcare look like, knowing what we know today?

This article describes the New Vision for Mental Health project and its underpinning ecological paradigm. It gives some examples of the many new and interesting approaches that have arisen across the field of mental health and well-being. It also looks at some of the challenging and stressful conditions faced by those working within the current system, and addresses two of its key ‘philosophical’ problems.

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New Centre Alerts

Going forward we will be bringing you updates on centres who have been newly approved to start running CPCAB courses. You can find our full list of established centres on our Centre Finder.

To kick things off, we are delighted to welcome Malachite School of Counselling to the CPCAB family. This centre has been approved to deliver our BACP Approved Practitioner Qualification – CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

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Blended Learning Video Series

Tutors and centre colleagues...

We have created a short video series examining the benefits and challenges of using popular blended learning models. The models include Individual Rotation, Inside-Out/Outside-In, Flipped Classroom and Project Based.

You can find the link to the introduction video below. Watch the whole series on the CPCAB YouTube channel.

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Centre Update
Centre Update
Centre Update - September 2020

Welcome back to all of our lovely tutors and centre staff after what has been a very peculiar summer!  We hope you have managed to have some sort of break and feel ready to face the new academic year.  This year will, of course, be even more challenging than usual as schools and colleges try to get to grips with balancing the safety of their learners with providing a rich and meaningful education. At CPCAB we have been surfing the wave of COVID updates and trying to keep you informed as far as we possibly can.  It hasn’t been easy and at times we have been searching for a reliable supplier of crystal balls, but we are here to work together with you to deliver our qualifications in the best way possible. Do keep checking the CPCAB websites for the latest news.

Stay safe, everyone!

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Learner Update
Learner Update
Learner Update - September 2020
Welcome back to all of our lovely learners, new ones and old friends, after what has been a very peculiar summer! We hope you have managed to have some sort of break and feel ready to face the new academic year.  This year will, of course, be even more challenging than usual as schools and colleges try to get to grips with balancing the safety of their learners with providing a rich and meaningful education. At CPCAB we have been surfing the wave of COVID updates and trying to keep you informed as far as we possibly can. It hasn’t been easy and at times we have been searching for a reliable supplier of crystal balls, but we are here to work together with you to ensure that our qualifications are delivered in the best way possible. Do keep checking the CPCAB websites for the latest news.

Stay safe, everyone! 
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An Introduction to Online and Telephone Counselling - A free course by Counselling Tutor

Our friends at Counselling Tutor have created a free CPD course for candidates studying the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4) and higher levels. The course could benefit CPCAB student counsellors who need to move their face-to-face placement online temporarily, due to social distancing. It provides some basic training to support their development in working safely and ethically while using online technology and/or the telephone during this challenging time.

Please use the link below to download further information.

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Centre Update
Centre Update
New BACP Approved Practitioner Qualification

Read the latest press release about our exciting new qualification partnership with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

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Mitigated Results

CPCAB wish to give our heartfelt thanks to you all for working through this challenging period with us.  We are pleased to let you know that all mitigated results for Level 2 and 3 qualifications have now been released.  These will be followed by the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Adapted External Assessment results on the 24th August and the results for the Level 5 and 6 qualifications on the 7th September.

We are fortunate in that we did not have to adjust any calculated results and were able to depend upon the professional judgement of our tutors in generating accurate outcomes for your candidates.

We have updated our CPCAB Coronavirus Statement and the associated Frequently Asked Questions.  We hope that these provide useful guidance to your centre on the next steps.  These will continue to be updated on a regular basis.

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Planning for New Courses in 2020/21

As the 2020/21 teaching year approaches we take a look at the options available to CPCAB centres for running qualifications whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines.

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Centre Update
Centre Update
Centre Update - July 2020

We send our thoughts and greetings to our CPCAB friends and colleagues at what continues to be a difficult time.  

In qualifications terms, we have been doing our utmost to send out clear guidance that fits in with our central government’s drive to enable as many of our UK learners as possible to achieve their qualifications at the expected time, whilst making sure that standards are being maintained. It hasn’t been easy and we are conscious that we have made more work for you at a time when you are already coping with very difficult challenges.  But as always, you have risen to the occasion and we thank you for it. As we’ve said before, please continue to check the CPCAB website for more updates as they come through.

We send you our very warmest of wishes for good health in both mind and body, and hope that you are able to take some pleasure from this very unusual summer. Stay safe. Stay well.

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Learner Update
Learner Update
Learner Update - July 2020

We send our thoughts and greetings to our CPCAB learners at what continues to be a difficult time.  

In qualifications terms, we have been doing our utmost to send out clear guidance that fits in with our central government’s drive to enable as many of our UK learners as possible to achieve their qualifications at the expected time, whilst making sure that standards are being maintained. Our aim is that nobody in the future will be able to claim that a 2020 graduate was allowed to qualify at a lower level.

We send you our very warmest of wishes for good health in both mind and body, and hope that you are able to take some pleasure from this very unusual summer. Stay safe. Stay well.

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Research Paper

CPCAB are proud to share a research paper that has recently been published by our Counselling Qualifications Professional, Cath Altson alongside her co-authors.

"A glimpse of love – the therapist’s experience of love in the therapeutic relationship" 

Thanks go to AHPb and the Self & Society journal for their kind permission to share the article and we hope you enjoy reading it!

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Podcast
#156 - The new BACP Approved Practitioner QualificationIn 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.
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#155 - Planning New Counselling Training Courses 2020/21

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.

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Centre Update
Centre Update
New BACP Approved Practitioner Qualification

CPCAB are pleased to offer a new BACP Approved Practitioner Qualification - CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling to CPCAB centres who wish to take part in this exciting pilot from September 2020.

This pilot is available to centres currently approved to run our TC-L4 qualification.

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Curated Conversations

We want to get people talking by sharing a series of ‘Curated Conversations’ on important topics. The first topic focuses on diversity and the Black Lives Matter movement. It includes a podcast by George the Poet, followed by a series of thought-provoking questions and resources.

Download the information below and join in the conversation on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

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Podcast
#154 - Deliberate Practice

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.

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Black Lives Matter

CPCAB recognises the richness and diversity within our society and places diversity as one of the essential core 7 processes to practice. We are increasingly mindful of the need to recognise and meet the existential lived experience of each individual and the challenges this can bring for both the counsellor and the client. 

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) have brought together a selection of resources for working with race and diversity to support members and their clients. They include a keynote speech by Dr Dwight Turner who opened CPCAB and BACP’s joint diversity symposium in May 2019.

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Podcast
#153 - COVID-19 - New Assessment Protocols
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.
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Key Dates for Centre Staff and Tutors

We've put together a quick reminder of the key dates highlighted in our 'Approach to Mitigation for Regulated Qualifications' guidance that was sent to all centre staff and tutors last week.

These dates include 19th June for mitigation forms although if we could receive these as soon as possible it would be appreciated. 29th June for adapted TC L4 External Assessment submissions.

If you are a candidate reading this post, please note we can ONLY accept forms and EA submissions from your centre who will be in touch.

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#152 – Adding CBT Skills to your Practice

In this podcast Ray van der Poel discusses how counsellors may wish to 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.

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#151 - Why top up to Level 5?

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.

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A Message from all at CPCAB

On behalf of everyone at CPCAB we send our best wishes at this unprecedented time.

Our Video Production Team have produced a short video to explain the work going on behind the scenes to offer continued support to our learners and centres.

To receive our latest COVID-19 updates to your inbox sign up to our student mailing list.

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Counselling Research Award
Counselling Research Award
Counselling Research Award 2020

The CPCAB Counselling Research award recognises research that has important implications for counselling training practise.

This year, the judges have chosen Kirstin Bicknell as the winner of this prestigious award. Kirstin’s research is titled 'Transforming Laughter: An exploration of therapists' responses to client laughter'.

A video about the research will be made later in the year.

Find out more and watch videos of previous winners
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#150 - Preparing for Exams

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.

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#149 - Support Networks

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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Learner Update
Learner Update
Learner Update – April 2020

Best wishes to all of our wonderful students at this very strange time.

Your newsletter Editor has been doing this job for more years than she would care to admit but is finding this particular introduction to be quite unlike anything she has written before. It goes without saying that we wish you all well and to keep safe during a time that is wholly exceptional. Our meeting notes from just one month ago recorded that we were aware that the virus was coming … we are certainly in the thick of it now! What we hope is that you will feel that we’re in it together.

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#148 - Assessment Methods

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.

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#147 - Issuing Results

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

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#146 - Dealing with Complaints

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.

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About CPCAB

To accompany the launch of our new website, CPCAB's video production team filmed this short video at our offices in Somerset. It will give you some insight into the team and ethos behind CPCAB qualifications.

(In case you are wondering, we finished filming just before Coronavirus-related restrictions on movement were introduced in the UK!)

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Accommodating Students and Centres during the Coronavirus Outbreak

* 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.

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#145 – External Verifier Visit

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.

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#144 - What Do Tutors Learn from their Students?

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.

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#143 - Minimum Assessment Levels

In this podcast Heather discusses CPCAB’s minimum assessment requirements and why they might be different to other awarding bodies.

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#142 - What else does CPCAB do?

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.

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#141 - Standardising Assessment Levels

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.

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#140 - Dual relationships with Tutors

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.

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#139 - Working with long term clients

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

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Learner Update
Learner Update
Learner Update - January 2020

A warm welcome back to all of our learners. We hope you have enjoyed the holiday period and possibly had a much-deserved rest! As we write, the news is full of stories of harrowing events around the globe and it’s natural to feel anxious and helpless at times. We hope you are taking comfort from friends and remaining positive in the face of uncertainty. One thing that is certain, though, is that the winter has turned the corner and we are moving back towards the light and the promise of longer days. We send best wishes for a happy and healthy 2020 to you all.

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#138 - Progression routes in counselling

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.

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#137 - Taking a year off between Diploma Years 1 and 2

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.

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#136 - Student support networks during the course

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’.

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Centre Update
Centre Update
Centre Update - January 2020

A warm welcome back to all of our wonderful centre staff. We hope you have enjoyed the holiday period and possibly had a much-deserved rest! As we write, the news is full of stories of harrowing events around the globe and it’s natural to feel anxious and helpless at times. We hope you are taking comfort from friends and remaining positive in the face of uncertainty. One thing that is certain, though, is that the winter has turned the corner and we are moving back towards the light and the promise of longer days. We send best wishes for a happy and healthy 2020 to you all.

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