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:
- Covid-19 Mitigation for Regulated Qualifications - Guidance for Centres for 2021 Last update 11/03/2021
- CPCAB latest statement Last update 11/03/2021
- Frequently asked questions for centres and learners Last update 11/03/2021
- Guidance on Remote Course Delivery for Centres Last update 13/10/2020
- Online Guided Learning Hours Guidance Letter Last update 12/01/21
- Remote EV Visit Guidance for Centres
- Addendum to Placement Contract for Online Phone Work Last update 22/10/2020
- CPCAB’s Approach to Mitigation for Regulated Qualifications During the COVID-19 Situation - Guidance for Centres May 2020. - This document is now archived.
- TC-L4 Adapted External Assessment Guidance
- TC-L4 Candidate Placement Letter
If you are still unable to find an answer to your query, please contact us on email@example.com
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.
CPCAB are in the process of gathering feedback to inform the future of our external assessments. As a result of COVID-19, CPCAB were required to adapt their external assessments to ensure that candidates could continue to achieve their respective qualification(s). Adapted external assessments have been created for some of our qualifications.
We are interested in hearing the views of centres and tutors who have been involved in the adapted external assessment process, along with the experiences of candidates who have completed the adapted external assessment. This is in relation to the following qualifications:
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CSK-L2)
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CST-L3)
- Level 3 Certificate in Life Coaching Studies (LCS-L3)
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4)
To help us do this, we ask if you could complete one of the short surveys below:
Your feedback is greatly appreciated and will help shape the future of CPCAB external assessment.
The surveys close on Friday 16th April 2021.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
Our latest video explains the difference between learning outcomes and assessment criteria for CPCAB learners.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Read the latest press release about our exciting new qualification partnership with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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!)
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.
The 2019 CPCAB Counselling Research Award was won by Dr Peter Blundell for his research titled “Responding to boundary Issues: A Qualitative Study”.
Dr Blundell is a lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University. He teaches on the MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice, which includes supervising students through their own research projects. Peter also has a private practice in Liverpool.
Welcome back to all our lovely centre staff at the start of a new academic year. We hope you all have new pencil cases and shiny shoes!
Well, the world still seems to be in a state of turmoil, the political situation a roller coaster ride and anxiety levels in various parts of our community are reported as becoming a real problem. Nonetheless, this is a beautiful time of year and, being based in a rural location as we are, we tend to live in tune with the natural progression of the seasons. Autumn brings the harvest and its associated riches; those of you with gardens will be enjoying gathering in your own produce ready for the shorter days and longer nights around the fire. We hope it’s going to be a good year for you all.
Once again, we find ourselves at the end of a busy academic year, and we hope it's been a good one for you. It can feel as if we are still living through troubled and uncertain times, though, with uncertainty on the home front and on the global stage. At such times we value more than ever the special relationship we have with our centres, from our old friends who have been with us for so many years to the new recruits to the CPCAB family, who are still finding their way with us. Our very best wishes go to you all and we hope you enjoy your summer break. Don't forget the sun screen!
We hope you are enjoying the extra hours of daylight and the new growth in nature that is everywhere to be seen. It is clear that we are working our way through difficult and uncertain times and our friends and colleagues may be anxious or angry. We hope that harmony will be restored soon and send you all our very best wishes for the remainder of 2019.
We wish all of you a warm welcome back after what we hope has been a happy and healthy festive break.
It's good to be able to start 2019 with some good news and our congratulations go to CPCAB's Richard Oldfield, whose dedication and hard work to the New Vision for Mental Health (NVMH) project has been recognised as making an invaluable contribution in the field of person centred healthcare. The NVMH project and website has been awarded the 2018 Presidential Medal for Excellence in Person Centered Healthcare, by the European Society for Person Centered Healthcare (ESPCH).