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Man: ‘I’m so depressed. I never have any luck with women. As soon as I talk to them they just get bored and drift away’

Counsellor: ‘it sounds as though you may have low self-esteem. If you don’t value yourself, why would anyone else? Let’s talk about it and see if we can build you up a bit.’

Man (3 weeks later): ‘I’m exhausted! I’ve been out with a different woman every night this week and they all want to see me again. I’ve never been so popular!’

Counsellor: ‘that’s great! So, do you want to cancel next week’s appointment?’

Man: ‘no ... I was wondering if I could talk to you about something else instead? I seem to be having a lot of arguments with my wife these days ...’

Client to therapist: ‘my son has become obsessed with his two school bags. Does this mean he’ll end up bisatchel?’

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Health Professions Council

As you may know, the HPC had hoped that their final decision on the proposed regulation of counselling would have been published before the end of 2009. The process proved more complex than anyone had anticipated, however, and final agreement is still to be reached on areas such as protected titles, differentiation (between counsellors and psychotherapists, for example), Standards of Proficiency (SOPs), entry levels etc.

The next meeting of the psychotherapists’ and counsellors’ Professional Liaison Group is scheduled for 12th May and, as before, Head of Qualifications Fiona Ballantine Dykes will be a member of the panel. We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available via the ‘Regulation’ section on the CPCAB website.

Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Skills and Theory

As you already know, under the new titling conventions of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) the title of a qualification is based on its credit value. Under the new convention, our former Level 5 Certificate in CBT has been re-titled as a Diploma.

Like all CPCAB qualifications, this has undergone some updating and revision, both to incorporate the latest research findings and to meet the design of the new framework. It remains substantially the same qualification though and tutors will find the criteria and learning outcomes familiar.

We have received enquiries from students who took/are taking the qualification in its earlier form as the Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Skills and Theory, who have requested a replacement certificate with the new title. We are unable to do this as the certificates already issued reflect the qualification as it was at the time of taking the assessment and we cannot issue certificates for a qualification which did not exist at the time. Furthermore, although the qualification is equivalent, it is not the same.

For the benefit of both former graduates and potential employers, though, we have produced a letter of equivalence which makes the position clear. If you receive enquiries on this subject please refer to this letter.