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

"I see you were last employed by a psychiatrist," said the employer to the applicant. "Why did you leave?"

"Well," she replied, "I just couldn't win. If I was late to work, I was hostile. If I was early, I had an anxiety complex. If I was on time, I was compulsive."

Q: How do two psychiatrists greet each other?

A: You are fine. How am I?

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CPCAB extends a warm welcome to all candidates about to start work towards one of our qualifications. If you have studied with CPCAB before, you will know that you have an exciting time ahead of you and we hope you enjoy your studies.

The regulation of counselling - the Health Professions Council

Those of you who are taking the first steps towards training to become a counsellor may not be aware that the Health Professions Council (HPC) is the government body charged with the responsibility of bringing formal regulation to the world of counselling.

This initiative has been controversial in many quarters but the process is now well under way. The aim of the HPC is to ensure the safety of vulnerable clients by ensuring that all counselling practitioners are registered under a ‘protected title’. Title(s) are still to be agreed. Inclusion on the register will act as a quality mark so that future clients can have faith that their therapist has been through a recognised training and has met approved criteria.

Many of you, of course, have been following the regulation debate carefully from the outset. The next meeting of the Professional Liaison Group (PLG) of the HPC is scheduled for 30th September and Fiona Ballantine Dykes, Head of Qualifications at CPCAB, will be attending and was a founder member of the group. This puts CPCAB in a unique place among awarding bodies for sharing the latest news with you at the first opportunity. Our ‘regulation’ feature on the first page of the CPCAB website will take you directly to the most recent update.

MIND - a service user survey

Tutors and candidates alike may be interested to read ‘The Protection We Deserve’, findings from a service user survey on the regulation of counsellors and psychotherapists. The contents are fascinating and the report is available on the website of MIND, the leading mental health charity for England and Wales.


As a student studying for a CPCAB qualification, your views are very important to us and may be used to help us direct further improvements. If you are studying for a level 4, 5 or 6 CPCAB qualification, we would be very grateful if you could take a few moments to complete the questionnaire and return it to us, either directly at CPCAB or via your college tutor. Your feedback will be confidential. Many thanks.

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Photos from our latest EA video shoot

Photos from a recent role-played external assessment video shoot

We recently completed filming of a role-played video titled "Brave Girl" that will be used as part of a forthcoming external assessment for our Level 3 Certificate In Counselling Studies. The picture above shows two actors playing the part of a counsellor and client in a counselling room. Click on the thumbnails below to see further images from the video shoot.

Photos from a recent role-played external assessment video shoot Photos from a recent role-played external assessment video shoot

Candidate Guides: on CD or on-line?

For the 2011-2012 teaching year onwards CPCAB is considering whether or not to stop issuing our Candidate Guides (CGs) on CDs and instead to make these guides available on-line only. This would be done via the issuing of an individual username/password website log-in, from where students could view, download and/or print a copy of the CG concerned.

To help us decide whether or not to proceed with this change, we would very much appreciate feedback from students.

CPCAB trainee blog: writers wanted

We’re looking for a CPCAB level 2 (counselling skills) student who is able to commit to regularly writing a training diary (blog) entry for the CPCAB website. We’re also seeking the same regarding a CPCAB Level 4 (Diploma) student. Such blog entries might include, for example, reflections on the unfolding “journey” through the training course. If you or someone you know might be interested then email