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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this week’s podcast Heather Price discusses the personal and professional support networks that are available once you have completed your course.
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.
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.
You have finished your course, completed your portfolio, and passed the external assessment – what happens next? Heather discusses how results and certificates are issued.
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.
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!)
* 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.
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.
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.
In this podcast Heather discusses CPCAB’s minimum assessment requirements and why they might be different to other awarding bodies.
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.
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.
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.
In this Podcast Ray van der Poel discusses some of the nuances encountered in the counsellor - client relationship when working with clients long term.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
The first ever counselling hour at a placement can be a nerve-wracking experience for any student. In this podcast we consider what thought processes might be hiding underneath those nerves, and how to prepare practically and emotionally for the first session.
In this podcast Heather discusses how giving and receiving feedback can often trigger fear and apprehension. Giving feedback is a skill to be learnt like other skills and when done properly can be very effective.
CPCAB has just published the exciting follow up book to its popular Counselling Skills & Studies book with SAGE Publishing.
Do you hate role play? Do you wonder why it tends to be a common ingredient of counselling training? This podcast discusses the pros and cons of using role play scenarios or working with own real-life issues.
Many practitioner level courses include a requirement for the learner to attend personal therapy. In this podcast we explore the purpose behind this requirement, and what might be challenging for a learner in this situation.
The requirement for a learner to achieve client hours in an agency placement setting is a frequent feature of diploma level training and above. Here we offer some hints and tips around what makes an effective placement hunt.
In this Podcast we discuss the value of observing experts to inform learning.
This discussion centres around how to manage the practical and emotional effects on a trainee when clients don’t turn up for their arranged appointment – often known as DNAs
For learners to truly flourish in their counselling training it is important to identify any barriers to learning, or difficulties when taking the assessment required for the qualification. Learners can work together with their centre to explore their learning needs and put into place any appropriate Reasonable Adjustments.
Being genuine or authentic comes up a lot in counsellor training. Dr. Gabor Maté’s YouTube clip on authenticity is the discussion topic for the ‘Check-in with CPCAB’ podcast.
Learners often ask what level qualification gives them the right to consider themselves a ‘qualified counsellor’. Here we consider what the average level 4 diploma enables you to do in terms of practice, and whether completing this level provides all the competencies you would need to enter private practice.
In this Podcast we discuss how to use assessment tools effectively treating them as a clinical skill NOT an administrative exercise.
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.
Why can’t I study in the same group as my partner/mother/son? This podcast looks at what is meant by a dual relationship and discusses the effects on confidentiality boundaries, personal development and group dynamics if two people in the same group are closely related.
In this Podcast we talk about the possible underpinning reasons why learners are asked to ‘check-in’ at the beginning of a teaching session on their course.
In this podcast we discuss the difference between a Learning Outcome (LO) and Assessment Criteria (AC). By looking at the LO and AC a learner will get an understanding of what they will learn and the sort of activities they will undertake.
In this podcast we talk about CPCAB as an Awarding Organisation and discuss the video interview which was filmed with Rory from Counselling Tutor, when he visited our head office this summer.
Welcome back to all staff and students 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 with have with our centres and their learners, 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).