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Student UpdateFeb 2016 No. 28

Here at CPCAB Towers we’re hoping that you’ve all enjoyed your festive season and that the new year has started well for you. We’re finding it very encouraging that the days are getting noticeably longer now and the spring flowers are starting to poke their heads above ground, even though it is still rather cold!

Extension of Eligibility for Advanced Learning Loans

Good news: Advanced Learning Loans will soon be available for a wider range of learner-ages and qualification levels!

Advanced Learning Loans were previously only available for learners aged 24+ in relation to eligible Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications. But now the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has decided that these loans will be available to learners aged 19 or over (on August 1st 2016) in relation to eligible qualifications at Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6.

The courses concerned must start after August 1st 2016, but the loan applications can be made by learners (to Student Finance England) from May 1st 2016 onwards. As before, the training centre must be one that is loans-eligible.

So for the 2016-17 teaching year (as well as the current teaching year for those aged 24+) the following CPCAB qualifications are eligible for these loans for learners aged 19+:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 4 Diploma in Life Coaching

And for the 2016-17 teaching year we will soon be applying to the SFA to have the following CPCAB qualifications additionally eligible for these loans for learners aged 19+:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Life Coaching
  • Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills & Theory
  • Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision

CPCAB counselling videos

Did you know that you can rent and watch any of our collection of full length counselling videos online? You can watch a trailer for each title and rental costs £6.49 per week. Visit for details.

Understanding Substance Misuse

A 2-day CPD workshop will be held on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st February, at CPCAB’s HQ in Somerset.

The workshop will provide the subject knowledge and understanding needed to deliver CPCAB’s Understanding Substance Misuse qualification. It will also be useful for practitioners, students and anyone with an interest in the field of substance misuse. Download a booking form or for more information email Jackie Rice or call 01458 850350.

Here's some feedback from previous attendees:

“Wonderful experience – how often can you say that about training?”
“Very informative and Traci created a relaxed environment to deliver something as emotive as the subject can be.”
“Very inclusive, relaxing, fun, sensitive and caring. Also very knowledgeable about counselling and addiction.”

The nightmare of adolescent mental health care: one girl’s story

The Counselling Channel recently recorded a podcast titled "The nightmare of adolescent mental health care: one girl’s story". Voiced by an actor, the podcast features the account of a girl's journey through the UK's mental health care system. Listen to it below.

The Open University

Our partners at the Open University have produced a series of short animated films on 'Key Ideas in Therapy' (Naomi Moller, Meg Barker and Andreas Vossler) that are now released on youtube.

They are meant for practitioners, trainees but also the general public and the Open University hopes they will help to inform and encourage people to use counselling/therapy services.


First person: “I’m having counselling now, you know - trying to learn how to be less unkind to people.”

Second person: “Unkind to people? Is it working?”

First person: “Not really. At yesterday’s session I asked her “And how does it feel to know I’m not making any progress?”