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Student UpdateJan 2017 No. 32

Best wishes to you all from CPCAB at the start of the new year. As this newsletter makes it way to you the weather forecast is rather bleak but the days are beginning to get a bit longer and that is always encouraging! We hope you have had a happy, healthy and relaxing break and feel ready for whatever challenges 2017 will present to us.

Wellbeing in Schools Awards 2016

Our own Fiona Ballantine Dykes was one of the judges at these prestigious awards in November last year. They celebrate and recognise ambassadors of positive mental health and highlight the unique contribution that school communities make to the wellbeing of local communities. Place2Be is the charity that sponsors these awards and provides emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools, building children's resilience through talking, creative work and play.

As part of the publicity for the Awards event, Fiona wrote a short opinion-piece – “Changing My Mind On Counselling For Children” – for the Huffington Post.

This article and many other items that may be of interest to counsellors, tutors and trainees, is available on CPCAB's Facebook page.

CPCAB Counselling Research Award videos

The first recipients of the CPCAB Counselling Research Award – made in association with BACP – present their research findings in the following videos made by the Counselling Channel. This prestigious new award is designed to disseminate research which is important for counselling or counselling training. We hope you find them enjoyable and valuable.

The 2015 Award was won by Beverley Spalding, a graduate from Newman University, Birmingham. Her research, titled "An exploration of Black and Asian counsellors' experiences of working with White clients", was supervised by Jan Grove and Alison Rolfe.

A team from Lewisham Counselling & Counsellor Training Associates (LC&CTA) received a commendation award. Their research, titled "Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Trainee Counsellors' Reflections on their Training and Implications for Practice", was conducted by Debra Powell, Mehboob Dada and Reyhan Yaprak.

The video of the winning research for 2016 will be available to watch soon so check for updates.

Counselling Skills and Studies (SAGE Books)

SAGE Publishing are looking for comments from students about Counselling Skills and Studies by Fiona Ballantine Dykes, Traci Postings, Barry Kopp and Anthony Crouch. These comments would be used in the promotion of the second edition. So if you like the book, please send your comments (a line or two at most) with your name and the name of your college to

SAGE has also advised us that they have had to re-jig their discount codes and the original CPCAB code no longer works. The new code is UKCOUN25, which should be entered at the checkout stage on the SAGE online shop. Our contact, Camille, has also suggested that you contact her direct if you are interested in purchasing bulk orders for a course.


The humour spot in this Update is available as a greeting card from Gathered Images and we thank them for their permission to share it. More hilarious (sometimes naughty) cards and other products are available on their website.