Montage of CPCAB logo and photographs of counselling studentsMontage of CPCAB logo and photographs of counselling studentsCPCAB, the only awarding body run by counsellors for counsellorsStudent Update

Counsellor says to the chicken, "so … why do YOU think you cross the road?"

And finally, a rather nice thought for counsellors - ‘listen’ is an anagram of ‘silent’ …

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Funding update

CPCAB is introducing a new 'Funding Update' feature on our website to keep you informed and up-to-date with the latest funding news about the Skills Funding Agency, the LARA, FE student loans and more. We hope you will find it helpful.

CPCAB accredits Relate training

CPCAB is delighted to report our new link with the Relate Institute, the UK’s leading provider of relationship counselling and counselling training. CPCAB has been working closely with Relate over the last year and will now be the awarding organisation for their level 4 and level 5 qualifications. Relate has also adopted the over-arching structure of the CPCAB model. This is an important development for CPCAB and a clear endorsement of the CPCAB approach to training.

We look forward to a long and productive partnership with this highly-regarded organisation. See Level 4 Relate Institute Introduction to Relationship Counselling and Level 5 Relate Institute Diploma in Relationship Counselling for more details of the level 4 and level 5 qualifications.

New Bereavement and loss counselling DVD

This new DVD from the Counselling Channel - sponsored by CPCAB - is a research-informed counselling session followed by a review two years later. It goes to the very heart of the counselling experience and demonstrates how research-informed counselling can support a client to bear the pain of loss and achieve profound therapeutic change. It will, therefore, engage a wide range of practitioners and students, not only in the field of counselling and psychotherapy, but also in the broader health and social care sector.

Watch the DVD trailer below or order it from the CPCAB shop.

CPCAB's latest model

CPCAB's model of practitioner development and proficiency for counselling and helping work has been revised and updated. This version integrates the latest research findings on effective practice and includes the factors which contribute to therapeutic change. In addition, the CPCAB model also integrates a wide range of counselling modalities which enables centres to deliver training programmes based on their individual choice of modality.

View the latest CPCAB model.

Are you working towards the joint Open University/CPCAB foundation degree in counselling?

Important information for students intending to study the Foundation Degree in Counselling with the Open University - read this!

If you are intending to qualify for the Open University Foundation Degree in Counselling you should read this notice and take the necessary steps to ensure you avoid later disappointment and don’t miss out.

At the Open University (as with many other education organisations) recent government policy has resulted in changes in fees. However, The OU is committed to helping those students who started their studies under the old fee structure to complete their studies at a price and pace consistent with when they started (transitional fees).

If you are intending to take the FD in counselling you will be aware that the CPCAB level 4 diploma is a core component of this OU degree. Under new arrangements at the OU from 1 September 2012, the CPCAB Level 4 diploma counts as the first stage in completing the FD in counselling. So, all is in order if you have already registered on the FD in counselling and transferred the credits for CPCAB level 4 diploma into the FD, in which case you are eligible for transitional fees.

However, if you haven’t done so yet you still have until 31 August 2012 to avoid incurring higher fees for later OU modules as part of the FD. You may be able to secure transitional fee status for your OU studies if you start your OU studies in the academic year 2012/13 and

  • have been completing CPCAB level 4 diploma or level 5 diploma between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2012 (study outside of this time period will not count for transitional purposes) and
  • contact the OU and record an intention of studying the FD before the 1 September 2012.

To retain the eligibility for transitional fees, students must attain some credit (either OU modules or CPCAB courses) linked to the FD in counselling in each academic year of their studies (within the transitional period 1st September 2012 to 31st August 2017).

If you wait until after 1 September 2012, you can still take the FD in counselling. The fees for the OU modules you take up will be considerably higher but you will be able to apply for a student loan for the OU modules.

If you have further questions about this please contact the OU Student Recruitment & Financial Support via
Phone: +44(0) 845 300 60 90 or
Electronic form:

National careers service

The National Careers Service was launched by John Hayes MP on 5 April 2012 with the intention of ‘transforming careers advice’ by combining highly-trained advisers with an interactive website. The National Careers Service replaces Next Step, which has been providing careers advice for adults since August 2010 and its website is now live:

The launch information suggests that telephone and on-line advice sessions will be available, as well as the face to face advice sessions in local communities. The service will also provide detailed sector-by-sector labour market information and have web-based tools such as a CV builder and a Skills Health Check for individuals to identify their skills, strengths and gaps.

Through the website people will be able to open a Lifelong Learning Account, which will give them clear information and advice on skills, careers and financial support in a single, personalised online space. Further information about the launch of the service can be found here: