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Student UpdateJul 2016 No. 30

This edition of Update brings us to the end of another academic year. It's beginning to feel as though they pass by more quickly these days! We all hope it's been a successful one for you. The news has been grim at times and life can be very worrying but we hope that you will be able to take the skills you've gained this year and use them to help others.

We wish you all a happy, healthy and peaceful summer break.

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Did you know that CPCAB has a specific team dedicated to monitoring diversity, accessibility and equal opportunities? Our team includes staff with responsibility for external assessment, recruitment and policy/legal implications and our aim is not just to comply with current legislation, but to operate within the spirit of equal opportunities law and to encourage our centres to do the same.

The Equal Opportunities Committee has an annual meeting every spring and can meet at any time through the year as well, as required. This year's meeting was long but fascinating and covered transgender issues, candidates with communication difficulties and the search for actors of BME backgrounds. We also examined the government's “Prevent” strategy and its implications for our centres and learners. We have been given valuable feedback from tutors and associates and as a result have been able to provide a guidance document which we hope you'll find interesting.

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Candidate feedback on CPCAB qualifications

For those candidates who have enrolled on a CPCAB course from September 2015, we hope you have enjoyed your training!

It would help us if you could spare just a few minutes to complete our survey. You can include your name and centre details if you like, or keep your feedback confidential. Your comments are appreciated and will help us to continue to introduce improvements to our qualifications.

Please note we will not be able to respond to you individually and complaints regarding the delivery of your training should be taken up directly with your centre (see CPCAB complaints policy).

This feedback is only for candidates who have enrolled on a regulated CPCAB course and not for candidates on a tailor-made qualification where your tutor will ask you to complete an evaluation form when the course finishes.

Many thanks for your time.


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Client: “It's my wife – she treats me like a dog.”
Therapist: “Would you like to talk about that?”
Client: “Not really.”
Therapist; “You don't want to talk about it?”
Client. “No, that's not why I'm here.”
Therapist: “Would you like to tell me why you're here?”
Client: “Well … it's just a bit of a treat for me. I'm not allowed on the couch at home...”