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Student UpdateJan 2014 No. 20

CPCAB website

You may have noticed that our website now has a new look, with an updated layout, colour scheme and logo. We've already had feedback from some of you about the changes. If you'd like to share your views with us, please get in touch!

It's not just the appearance of the website that has received attention, either. We're doing our best to keep our information up to date for the benefit of current, prospective and future centres and learners. The Frequently Asked Questions section has had a thorough make-over recently and questions include registration of counsellors, the joint Open University Foundation Degree and many other areas. We'll continue to keep this updated and hope you find it helpful.

Registration of counsellors (from the CPCAB website)

What is voluntary registration? At the end of 2012 the new Accredited Voluntary Registration (AVR) scheme for health care professions was launched by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA). This scheme includes counselling and psychotherapy and replaces all former plans for statutory regulation by the Health Professions Council (HPC). Practitioners are not obliged to be registered in order to practise but registration is likely to be seen as increasingly important for employment in the public sector. Organisations that hold voluntary registers can apply to the PSA to have their register accredited. This involves meeting standards of governance, setting standards for registrants (including education and training) and managing the register. To find out more about voluntary registration visit the PSA website or read our FAQ on the subject.

Feedback from stakeholders

We are required by our regulator, Ofqual, to collect feedback from tutors and candidates to provide evidence of the relevance and appropriateness of CPCAB qualifications. The views of our learners are an important part of our programme of improvements. A recent survey of CPCAB learners revealed the following results, which you may find interesting:

To view a candidate feedback form, use this link:

We regret that it's not possible to reply to survey forms individually. Learners with particular concerns are encouraged to raise them directly with their centres.

TC-L4 placement hours - working with children

A reminder that, according to CPCAB guidelines, no more than 30% of client hours can be working with children. In every case where work with children is allowed, specialist training must be provided either by the centre or by the placement. For full details see TC-L4 tutor support document Guidance to workplace experience.

However, the ONE exception to this is where the counselling placement is with Place2be, in which case up to 50% of client hours can be working with children if this has been agreed by the centre. This is because CPCAB has entered into a unique agreement with Place2be in recognition of the high quality of specialist training and supervision offered to their volunteer counsellors. Furthermore, candidates on Place2be placements can choose to take the additional specialist QCF Level 4 Certificate in Working with Children which has been developed for Place2be. This requires an additional portfolio and case study, but the client hours and supervision can be used towards both qualifications. Please visit the Place2be website for further details.

Important note: CPCAB guidelines are intended to set out what is permissible. However, decisions relating to placements belong to centres which may have their own preferences and guidelines about working with children. Candidates are advised to check with their centre before taking up any placement to ensure that the hours can be counted towards their diploma.

Choosing the right CPCAB qualification for you

You can now watch a short video about the progression route that links together CPCAB's qualifications.

It includes a clearly defined pathway to becoming a qualified counsellor and direct connections to the service levels used when practising as a counsellor. It also features much shorter, optional qualifications for those who want to 'test the water' before committing further. We hope you find it helpful.

Counselling and the Medical Model

Our video – “Counselling and the Medical Model” – is now available for watching on The Counselling Channel.

It features three of our counselling professionals discussing the 'medical model', including how it's applied in treating mental and emotional distress, the problems this causes and the implications for counselling practice.


Two Doctors opened offices in a small town and put up a sign reading “Dr Smith and Dr Jones - Psychiatry and Proctology”.

The town council were not too happy with the sign and so the doctors changed it to “Hysterias and Posteriors”. This was not acceptable either, so in an effort to satisfy the council they changed the sign to “Schizoids and Haemorrhoids”. Thumbs down again.

Then the story appeared in the local paper and suggestions began rolling in:
“Manic-depressives and anal retentives”
“Minds and Behinds”
“Lost souls and Assholes”
“Analysis & Anal Cysts”
“Nuts & Butts”
“Freaks & Cheeks”
“Loons & Moons”.

None of these satisfied one or the other side, but they finally settled on ...
“Dr Smith & Dr Jones, Odds & Ends”.