Student UpdateJan 2013 No. 16

CPCAB's Level 3 Certificate in Life Coaching Studies (LCS-L3)

Belated new year wishes to our centres and we hope you're coping with the startling range of weather conditions we seem to be experiencing! We hope, too, that you've had a healthy and restful festive season and are ready to face the challenges of 2013.

Here's a snow scene to cheer you up … the girls are the identical twin great-nieces of one of our CPCAB staff members. It was their first opportunity to build a snowman and they decided instead to build a model of their much-loved great-grandmother! Great-grandmother was highly honoured!

CPCAB celebrates 20 years at the forefront of counselling training (5.5 to 14 CPD hours)

As you may know, this spring CPCAB will be hosting a two day conference to celebrate our first 20 years of providing research-informed counselling qualifications. This exciting event will update you on new developments in the field as well as providing a focused and creative approach to teaching and practising counselling – and it will also help you to look after yourself!

The conference is, primarily, a celebration of counselling – a mature, rich, creative and pluralistic profession that, in recent years, has demonstrated just how effective it can be. It is also an opportunity for both presenters and delegates to consider what may lie ahead for the profession. Contributors are drawn from leading UK and international organisations such as Relate, Kids Company, Therapy Works, the Place2Be, the Open University and the Lateef Project.

Our two keynote speakers Camila Batmanghelididjh and Professor Mick Cooper exemplify how counselling has developed in recent years. For example, Camila Batmanghelidjh – a former Businesswoman of the Year – is the founder of Kids Company whose holistic, personalized, multi-disciplinary service provides a street level model of sustained loving care. In addition to her work with children and families she is an acknowledged expert on the use of arts-based counselling in therapy. Mick Cooper is the UK's leading authority on the effectiveness of counselling in schools and on research into the factors which determine the effectiveness of therapy. He is particularly interested in a pluralistic approach to counselling and psychotherapy.

All counselling professionals will gain from attending this event including counsellors, counselling trainers, supervisors of counselling trainees, managers involved in supporting counselling trainees in their agency work, counsellors conducting research as well as (a limited number) of CPCAB students.

Held at the Alveston Manor Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon on the 26th & 27th April 2013 - to coincide with Shakespeare's 450th birthday - this is a truly unmissable event for anyone interested in the future development of counselling.

Alternatively, please call Clare Bewley to book direct on 01458 852052 or email

We very much look forward to warmly welcoming you to CPCAB's 20th Anniversary Conference.

Kind regards

Yours sincerely

Dr Anthony Crouch

Chief Executive

As a taster for this year's conference, here's some footage from CPCAB's last conference, to whet your appetite for more!

Funding guidance for students (and centres)

We've revised and extended our Funding Guide for Students. This document includes detailed information (amongst other things) about the new student loans system at FE level that will soon be in place for students aged 24 and older.

Video: counselling skills qualification

For the benefit of prospective students we've produced a 12 minute video giving basic information about our Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills.

The video explains what's meant by ‘counselling skills’ and what they're used for, and provides an example demonstration of one of the skills involved (paraphrasing). It explains how the qualification is safe, based on a well-researched model and fit-for-purpose. And it describes those who would benefit acquiring the qualification.

The video also sets out what students might be doing during a typical course session, touches on the work required outside of the course and explains how students are assessed.

Candidate name changes - guidance on certification

It's sometimes the case that candidates change their name during their course of training, for marriage or other reasons. If this is the case for you please remember:

  • In order to be valid, certificates should be issued in the name of the candidate as it was at the end of the course.
  • Name changes between the end of the course and the issue of the certificate can't be taken into account.
  • Replacement certificates can't be issued in a new name at a later date - the certificate is only valid in the original name.

If your name changes before the end of your course, please ask your tutor to contact Trudy or Marina at CPCAB for advice, without delay. If a certificate has already been issued in the original name because we weren't aware of the change the normal replacement fee of £35 will be charged.

Thank you.

Book review - “Changeology”

Counselling and life coaching tutors, trainees and practitioners may be interested in the recently published (December 2012) self-help book “Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing Your Goals and Resolutions” by John Norcross. John is a leading international researcher and this self-help book is based on research into the stages of change.

Part one explores “the science of change” which describes a five-step model of change together with research-informed guidance on “change catalysts”, “matching your efforts to your step” (which is seen as key) and self efficacy to change. Part two examines each of five identified stages of change in turn. In essence these stages concern identifying goals, then making and maintaining changes. However, the book also provides detailed, research-informed guidance on, for example, raising awareness of “causes, consequences and cures”, “arousing emotions” to motivate change, rewarding oneself for actions, “resisting the urge” (to follow old behaviour patterns), developing a “slip plan” and “boosting your self efficacy” to change. In conclusion, unlike so many self-help books, this isnrt a collection of anecdotes from a self-help guru but rather a carefully thought out, research-informed book on the theory and practice of self-initiated change.

The book also includes excellent appendices on (i) recommended self-help resources and (ii) a guide to choosing a therapist. Additional self-help resources including self-assessments and exercises can also be found at

Anthony Crouch (January 2013)

Please note that CPCAB has no link with the author or the publishers.

Product details

Hardcover: 258 pages
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
ISBN-10: 1451657617
ISBN-13: 978-1451657616


We're going for some visual humour this time - with thanks to CPCAB's facebook friends!