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UpdateSeptember 2017 No. 60

It’s hard to believe that we’re starting another academic year – it feels far too soon! Here at CPCAB we are settling down for our first autumn in the new office buildings and with trees all around us it’s promising to be a colourful one. We send warm good wishes to all of our centres, our tutors and students, whether old or new, and hope you’re all feeling ready to face whatever the next 12 months brings to us.

Be part of the solution...

Have you ever wondered what mental healthcare would look like if, knowing what we know today, it could be redesigned from scratch?

A New Vision for Mental Health is an innovative website that seeks to answer this question by taking a critical, informed and constructive look at the current mental health system.

It explores ideas, insights and suggestions – from a wide range of individuals and organisations – that might, in time, lay the foundations for a new and quite different approach to mental healthcare.

Just some of the subjects covered in A New Vision for Mental Health:

To find out more – and to get involved – please visit

Access is completely free and open to everyone.

A New Vision for Mental Health is curated by The Counselling Channel in association with CPCAB.


A reminder that all tutors delivering CPCAB qualifications must attend a CPCAB standardisation training session to ensure that they are assessing to a common standard.

Tutors must attend standardisation training every two years and receive ‘cascade’ training from another team member in the intervening year. These training days are offered free in regional locations. If you are the only tutor at a centre and teach CSK-L2 and above you will need to attend every year. Centres must ensure that at least one experienced tutor and all new tutors attend a standardisation training session during the 2017/18 academic year.

Please note that both standardisation training days in London (Friday 29th and Saturday 30th September) are now fully booked. If you still need to book your place, please select one of our alternative days and reserve your place via the following link to the online booking form.

Agendas for the training:

Counselling Skills & Studies 2nd edition: a new edition from CPCAB published by Sage (repeated from Update, April 2017)

Exclusive 25% discount for CPCAB students and tutors – UKCOUN25 at checkout on SAGE's website.

Packed full of inspirational activities and written in a supportive conversational style, Counselling Skills & Studies is a book for anyone wanting to learn counselling skills or embarking on their first stage of training to become a counsellor. The new edition now includes a more detailed discussion of key theories, has a new chapter on self-care, and is fully up to date with the occupational and professional standards and ethical frameworks.

Split into 3 parts, it covers:

Part 1: Counselling Skills will introduce readers to the underpinning knowledge and practical tools needed to develop a range of helping skills for use in a variety of helping roles, showing what it means to work safely and ethically.

Part 2: Counselling Studies will help them take their understanding further by considering in detail important theories and professional issues, preparing them to work as a professional counsellor.

Part 3: Counselling Study Skills will offer practical advice and hints and tips to help them make the best start on their counselling portfolio, including journal and essay writing skills, research skills and how to get inspired and overcome blocks to learning.

Written by CPCAB authors Fiona Ballantine Dykes, Barry Kopp and Traci Postings, with an introduction by Anthony Crouch, it provides you with an ideal "way in", showing you what counselling is all about.

Praise for the second edition:

‘I found "Counselling Skills and Studies" a superb introduction into the world of Counselling. Approaching the subject with a view to a second career the book felt pitched perfectly. A clear and concise style pervaded throughout and the format of the book lends itself to good structured learning. Never "teacherly", the writing spoke to me and the use of conversational examples was effective. The simplification and analysis of the 3 modalities (Psychodynamic / Person Centred / CBT) was invaluable for me as I grasp these new terms and the final section looking at Study Skills will be an essential reference for me as I progress through my studies' – Student reviewer

You may also be interested to know that the discount code (above) can also be used when purchasing any SAGE counselling and psychotherapy books.

Understanding Substance Misuse - November Workshop

After receiving a lot of enquiries, CPCAB would like to offer you the opportunity to take part in a USM-L2 workshop later this year. The 2 day workshop on ‘How to teach Understanding Substance Misuse’ will be held at Head Office on the 24th and 25th November 2017.

You don’t have to be a counsellor to deliver the qualification but by attending this workshop you will gain the underpinning knowledge you require. Diploma students may also find the training helpful to their practice.

The 2 day workshop will cost just £100 per person instead of the normal price of £140. Lunch and refreshments will be provided but please note that accommodation and travel expenses, if required, are not included in this price. Places are limited so please complete the online booking form if you would like to attend.

If you would like any further information please email Jackie Rice or phone her on 01458 852055.

External assessment dates

A reminder that external assessment dates are available on the CPCAB website.

CPCAB’s fees

As always, CPCAB aims to be transparent in its fee structure and full details are available from the website.

Social media – it’s going very well!

This is just to let you know that we now have just over 13,000 ‘YouTweetFacers’ (having added 1,000 in the last 4.5 months). This is a combination of: