Update
Update
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 on contact@cpcab.co.uk

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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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#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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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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#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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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!)

Watch the video here
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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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#134 - Giving and Receiving Feedback

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. 

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#132 - Real Play VS Role Play

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.

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#130 - Placement Hunting

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.

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#128 - Logging Client Hours

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

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#126 - Authenticity

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.

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#124 - Using the CORE assessment tool effectively

In this Podcast we discuss how to use assessment tools effectively treating them as a clinical skill NOT an administrative exercise.

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#123 - Dual relationships in the training group

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.

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#121 - The difference between a Learning Outcome and Assessment Criteria

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.

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Learner Update
Learner Update
Learner Update - September 2019

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.

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Learner Update
Learner Update
Learner Update - April 2019

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.

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Video
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.

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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.

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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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#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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#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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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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#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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#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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#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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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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#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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#135 - Placement Nerves - The First Client Hour

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.

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#133 - A Student's Guide to Therapeutic Counselling - the new CPCAB Book!

CPCAB has just published the exciting follow up book to its popular Counselling Skills & Studies book with SAGE Publishing.

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#131 - Personal therapy during training

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.

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#129 - Learning from observing

In this Podcast we discuss the value of observing experts to inform learning.

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#127 - Reasonable adjustments in counselling training

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.

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#125 - What can I do with a level 4 diploma?

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.

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Counselling Research Award
Counselling Research Award
2019 CPCAB Counselling Research Award

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.

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#122 - Why do we 'check-in' at the beginning of a training session?

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.

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#120 - Purpose of Counselling Awarding Bodies

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.

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Learner Update
Learner Update
Learner Update - July 2019

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!

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Learner Update
Learner Update
Learner Update - January 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).

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