This page is here to support you with helpful and interesting content as we all share the same aim; to develop compassionate, safe, and effective practitioners. We value our tutors who are shaping the future of counselling and hope you find this page useful. We will be updating the page throughout the academic year, so please remember to visit regularly.
How to Become a Counsellor :
CPCAB Free Counselling Training Taster
We're very excited to announce we'll be rolling out a new taster early 2024.
The taster will be a free marketing tool for all CPCAB centres. The taster is designed for prospective learners to give them insight into the counselling landscape, the route to becoming a counsellor and some understanding of the knowledge and skills required to become a counsellor.
Benefits for our centres:
- Assist in marketing CPCAB courses
- Give prospective learners a taste of what their counselling training may consist of
- Be used as a way of promoting your CPCAB L2 qualification and the progression route
- Establish the benefits of online and in-person studying as opposed to distance learning alternatives
- Inspire learners to pursue a career in counselling
Register your interest here...
Alternative Level 3 Qualification
Due to new stipulations from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) that all Level 3 qualifications need to provide 150 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) to retain funding, we are developing a fundable alternative Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies qualification to meet this new requirement.
This fundable alternative will be ready for centres to apply for in November 2023, and delivery would be approved to start in January 2024.
However, if you are happy delivering our current CST-L3 and your learners are not reliant on funding, rest assured that you can continue delivering the qualification as normal.
We'll be hosting some informative webinars to answer any questions you may have regarding this new L3 qualification. If you'd like to attend these webinars, please click here...
A New CPCAB Level 5 Award in Online and Phone Counselling Practice
Coming Early 2024
CPCAB is delighted to announce we’ll be launching a new online and phone counselling training package in partnership with The Open University. Designed to equip candidates with essential skills and knowledge in online and phone counselling.
In today's digital age, the pertinence of online and phone counselling within the profession has become increasingly evident.
Our unique project places CPCAB's vision at its core – to prepare every candidate to become a compassionate, safe, and effective practitioner.
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Support • Connect • Share
We’re very pleased to see our CPCAB Facebook Tutor Community Group continues to grow! The CPCAB Tutor Community group is a safe, supportive space for tutors to engage with one another and with CPCAB.
This is a collective group with a wealth of experience and knowledge, a great place to network and share ideas. Now that standardisation is underway, this is also an opportunity to keep in touch with the people you meet; providing ongoing support and sharing best practice.
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The new CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
As part of our commitment to developing competent counsellors in a changing and demanding professional landscape, CPCAB has acknowledged the development of competency frameworks for working with this age group, by BACP and NCPS.
Benefits for centres:
- Provides a qualification which meets the needs of counsellors working with young people in the community eg schools, colleges, specialist agencies
- Offers an alternative Level 5 qualification to PC-L5 and CBT-L5
- Follow the familiar assessment structure (internal and external) of the existing Level 5’s
- Uses the current straightforward application and approval process from CPCAB
- Enables candidates to meet professional association requirements for working with this age range
- Gain CPCAB staff and external verifier support
Benefits for candidates:
- Another robust Level 5 qualification, as an alternative to PC-L5 or CBT-L5
- A regulated qualification specifically designed for counsellors wishing to work with children and young people
- Acknowledgement and a formal qualification for those already working with children and young people but without specialist training
- An entry into a range of job and career opportunities – such as school or college counsellor, specialist agency counsellor, an ‘adult’ counsellor working independently wishing to include this age range in their practice
Find out more here...
Did you know ?
The CPCAB website offers a wide range of useful and informative documents for each of our qualifications; but did you know these documents can be downloaded, adapted, and even housed on your own Virtual Learning Environment?
Candidate Reflections Sheet:
In this section, we've shared a Candidate Reflections Sheet which tutors can share with learners on our Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications.
The Candidate reflections sheet gives learners the opportunity to congruently reflect on their own role in group discussion work.
- Download a blank sheet for learners to fill out themselves or the example sheet as a guide
- The sheets and how they can inform personal development as well as criteria and learning reviews can be discussed in class
- Tutors can personalise this sheet for their own courses
Level 3 internal case study
When distributing blank CPCAB templates, is there an assumption that the candidate understands what’s expected from them?
Here, I have taken a blank template for the Level 3 internal case study and created a supplementary document.
By providing a document with guidance (you can create guidance to suit your teaching), I can then take the documents as a teaching and discussion aid. The candidates will all have these ‘pointers’ as they work on the exercise and I can ensure consistency by using the same guidance points across multiple cohorts. See what you think.’
In this section we’ll look at how to take a couple of standard resources and develop our own exercise.
CSK-L2 Tutor or Peer Observation of Skills: Let’s look at how to personalise and adapt this document for use at your own centre. In this case, with a focused exercise of your choice or design. See the example below.
CSK-L2 Candidate Self-assessment of Skills: We can also look at how to customise this document to support the same exercise, so the helper can reflect, creating evidence for criteria or to inform a learning review. See the example below.
All tutor documents can be found in qualification documents on the website.
CPCAB Counselling Research Award
At CPCAB, we place great importance on promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) within the counselling community.
We are dedicated to bringing this crucial topic to the forefront of our work. As we approach the announcement of our 2023 research award winner, we would like to take a moment to reflect on the remarkable achievement of last year's recipient.
The winning research study titled "The experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic trainee counselling psychologists: An interpretative phenomenological analysis" captures the training experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) trainee counselling psychologists in the United Kingdom (UK).
By recognising and highlighting the contributions of this exceptional research, we aim to continue fostering an inclusive and supportive environment within the counselling community. We remain committed to championing EDI and look forward to honouring this year's deserving recipient.
Watch our interview with author Dr Dashnye Daloye.
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Would you like to earn while making a difference?
Are you an experienced CPCAB tutor interested in becoming a key member of the CPCAB sessional team? Then, we’d love to hear from you.
You will work alongside CPCAB to maintain the integrity of our qualifications in an ever-changing landscape. The role will deepen your understanding of the CPCAB processes and procedures, providing new knowledge, skills and experience in the workings of an Awarding Organisation (AO) in the counselling training sector. These opportunities are in addition to your role as a tutor where you will receive ongoing training and support from a highly experienced team. The role can increase your confidence as a tutor, and even as a practitioner.
Find out more about Assessor and External Verifier opportunities.
New CPCAB Endings Document for Tutors
As we all know, endings are a part of life. They are part of therapy, and of course they are a part of every qualification for the students and tutors. CPCAB have recently produced a new resource for tutors. This useful document includes tips and techniques which can be used with the students as the course draws to an end. Whether teaching online or face-to-face, there are ideas to manage the ending in a way that models our industry and acknowledges the importance of communication and being part of a wider community.
What are we listening to?
PODCAST: Counselling Tutor
We recently featured in the new Counselling Tutors podcast SCoPEd: Summary of Views and Perspectives!
The special edition of the podcast puts questions to CPCAB, the BACP, and NCS. Plus discusses SCoPEd with two practitioners about their perspectives on the new framework.
Some highlights of the podcast include;
- Conversation around Level 4 and Level 7 qualifications
- When we’ll start to see the framework coming into action
- Column alignment for memberships
- Impact on employment
We found the podcast very insightful and we hope it answers some of your questions, however, if you would like to speak to CPCAB directly, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org