July 2012 No. 39

In this Update


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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Information for tutors

If you are looking for details of 2012/13 fees, standardisation training or External Assessment dates, please see the CPCAB website.

LCS-L3 Level 3 Certificate in Life Coaching Studies

Our announcement in May’s edition of ‘Update’ prompted a lot of interest in this exciting new 90 hour qualification and the pilot presentation on 26th May was well attended.

We hope this will be the first of a suite of qualifications in life coaching based around the CPCAB model for life coaching.

The qualification is now in its pilot phase which will last until January 2013. Centre approval and candidate registration is free during the pilot phase. If you would like to take part in the pilot, please contact Traci Postings for more information at traci@cpcab.co.uk.

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 www.bailbrookhouse.co.uk.

Your next step

We will be announcing the full programme of workshops, seminars and speakers in September – so watch this space! – or email clare@cpcab.co.uk.

Understanding Substance Misuse - CPD workshop

The next substance misuse workshop will take place on July 14th and 15th at CPCAB head office in Baltonsborough, Somerset.

The workshop covers the underpinning knowledge of USM-L2 Level 2 Award in Substance Misuse. It will provide tutors with the necessary knowledge to deliver the qualification. It would also be useful for candidates on placement as well as qualified counsellors wishing to enhance their knowledge and understanding.

The workshop has limited places and is available at the reduced rate of £100 for the two days. This includes lunch and refreshments. For more information contact Clare at clare@cpcab.co.uk.

Enquiries and Appeals - important information for tutors

From September 2012, the time allowed for submitting an enquiry or an appeal has been changed to 30 working days. This change will be reflected in the September 2012 Enquiries and Appeals policy which will be included on your tutor CDs and the CPCAB website in the usual way. The policy now reads:

This not only brings CPCAB in line with other awarding organisations, but also ensures that any appeals are resolved before the next assessment window. Thank you.

Europass - information for TC-L4 graduates

This information has also been included in CPCAB’s ‘Student Update’ and 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 www.cpcab.co.uk/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:

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

For more detailed information visit the Europass website at www.europass.cedefop.europa.eu.

CPCAP 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.

To express your interest in joining the CPCAB Alumni Network please like or comment on our Facebook post, or send an email to clare@cpcab.co.uk.


For the latest update on the funding situation please visit the CPCAB website.