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A noted sex therapist realised that people often lied about the frequency of their encounters, so he devised a test to tell for certain how often someone has had sex.

To prove his theory, he filled an auditorium with people, and went down the line, asking each person to smile. Using the size of the person's smile, the therapist was able to guess accurately until he came to the last man in line, an elderly gentleman, who was grinning from ear to ear.

"Twice a day," the therapist guessed. But the therapist was surprised when the man said no.

"Once a day, then?" Again the answer was no. "Twice a week?" "No." "Twice a month?" "No." The man finally said yes when the doctor got to "once a year."

The therapist couldn’t believe that his theory wasn't working and asked the gentleman, "So, explain please ... why are you smiling so much?"

The gentleman answered, "Tonight's the night!"

How many counsellors does it take to change a light bulb? Just one, plus nine more to write a leaflet about coping with darkness.

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CPCAB alumni network

We are thinking of forming a network of CPCAB diploma graduates and tutors: in effect an alumni association.

Membership will be free and we hope to offer our alumni a range of events, activities, reunions and other benefits, e.g. discounts on professional indemnity insurance and special offers on counselling DVDs, books and online resource materials. In time the network could develop into a professional register which is recognised by government, employers and the general public.

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Europass - information for TC-L4 graduates

This information is aimed at candidates who have successfully completed CPCAB’s Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4).

You can download a copy of the Europass certificate supplement from our website at under ‘information for learners’. The certificate supplement is one of five documents that will make your skills and qualifications clearly and easily understood in Europe.

Three documents are issued by education and training authorities and they are:

  • the Europass Mobility - this records the knowledge and skills acquired in another European country
  • the Certificate Supplement - this describes the knowledge and skills acquired by holders of vocational education and training certificates
  • the Diploma Supplement - this describes the knowledge and skills acquired by holders of higher education degrees.

Two documents are freely accessible and are completed by European citizens;

  • the Curriculum Vitae helps you present your skills and qualifications effectively and clearly. You can create your CV online using tutorials or download the template, examples and instructions,
  • the Language Passport is a self-assessment tool for language skills and qualifications. You can create your Language Passport online or download a template, examples and instructions. For more detailed information visit the Europass website at

CPCAB conference 2013

Don’t miss CPCAB’s 20th Anniversary Conference!

Celebrating Counselling – the way ahead
Bailbrook House, Bath
26th – 27th April 2013

In 2013 it will be 20 years since CPCAB was first founded (!) and what better way to mark the occasion than by celebrating two decades of providing research-informed counselling qualifications and exploring how counselling and counselling training are evolving to meet the challenges of the years ahead.

Confirmed keynote speakers

Camila Batmanghelidjh
Camila Batmanghelidjh is the founder and director of Kids Company, a charity which has pioneered a unique approach to caring for vulnerable children. She and her team care for 14,000 children and young people at three street level centres in Southwark, Lambeth and Camden, and also work in 37 inner-city schools. Camilla founded another charity, the place2be, when only in her early twenties! It is now helping to improve the emotional wellbeing of children and their families in 172 schools throughout the UK, often in areas of great deprivation. A psychotherapist for more than 20 years she is the author of Shattered Lives: Children Living with Courage. In 2009 the Women in Public Life Awards named her as Businesswoman of the Year.

Professor Mick Cooper
Professor Mick Cooper is the UK’s leading authority on the effectiveness of counselling in schools and a leading international authority in the fields of person-centred, humanistic and existential approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. He and the team at the University of Strathclyde are particularly interested in children’s and young people’s experiences of counselling: what they find helpful, what stops them attending counselling services, and how they think these services could be improved. An existential psychotherapist, Mick is the author of numerous books and research publications including Existential Therapies, Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy (with Dave Mearns), and Pluralistic Counselling and Psychology (with John McLeod).

The conference is being held at Bailbrook House Hotel an 18th century mansion set in 20 acres of gardens and parkland 1.6 miles from the centre of Bath and easily accessible by road and by rail. You can find out more at

Your next step
We will be announcing the full programme of workshops, seminars and speakers in September – so watch this space! – or email