Counselling Level 3 CPCAB Advice by Level 4 Student

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I have just finished my CPCAB level 3 counselling course, and will be moving on to level 4 in September. I thought it would be a good idea to repeat the thread I did covering level 2, this time for level 3.


Is level 3 similar in content to level 2?
You do more on theory and a lot less triads.

What theory do you learn?
Just the basic models nothing too advanced (Person Centred, CBT and Psychodynamic).

Do we have as much paperwork to do?
Yes and no. You wont do as many feed back sheets as there are a lot fewer triads, however you will do a client triad where you have the same person for about 5 weeks. At the end of this time you have to write up a report on that. You still have to do journals etc.

Do the criteria still need to be met?
Yes and there are more that need to be met. You still have to do a portfolio of your work.

What is supervision?
During that time of the mock client counselling sessions, you will take part in a supervision group and will need to keep notes on those as well. Supervision is where you discuss the nameless client with other students to see how they think you could improve the interaction.
What's the exam like?

What is the exam like?
It's exactly the same format as the level 2, but more based around a client/counsellor rather then two colleagues chatting.

Do we need to record a client/trainee counsellor session?
Yes we did, but it's not done in front of the class, so not too bad.

Do we need to do a presentation?
Yes, but your in small groups, so it's a group effort and presentation.

What will we learn?
It's really about learning about people, and why they do things, how the healing process of counselling occurs between the two individuals.

Do we still need to have the CPCAB Counselling Skills and Studies book?
Yes you will be doing the second part of the book, that you didn't cover in level 2. It's not as closely covered though, but it is very handy when you need to write assignments and revision for the exams.

Do you have any tips?
Do cheat sheets, mind maps as you go, to help with revision.

Keep a good spreadsheet keeping track of the criteria you have met and the ones you still have to achieve.

When doing the client triad make notes afterwards and especially during supervision of the comments and feed back. Not just for your case but also for everyone elses.

As usual get to know the criteria, there are some new ones included, print off a copy of the Candidate guide to help you out.

Good luck I hope that has helped.
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can you give example ... even if just headings, ... of 'cheat sheet'?
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Hi Purdy,
I am currently doing level 3 and was told by my tutor this evening, that it is incredibly difficult to do level 4 and work a full time job at the same time! I wondered if you, as a current student would agree with this?
I'm already panicking about the work load for next year but I'm now wondering whether working and studying is unrealistic.
I would really appreciate your feedback.
Many thanks in advance, Felicity
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Sorry I can't be much help as I've deferred until 2019. However, most of the students in my class worked. The problem is fitting everything in as you will need to:

1. Do 100 hours voluntary counselling with an agency - some courses spread this over the two years while others fit it in the last one.

2. You have to have a load of private counselling at your own cost, I think that is about 30 hours. You can chop and change counsellors, but need to have this all done before you qualify in the second year. This also needs to be with a registered and accredited BACP counsellor

3. As well as having supervision for the counselling you do, it's something like 1 hour for every 8 you volunteer.

4. Then I would have had 70 or so books to read in the two years, plus the assignments, presentations etc.


One thing I would say if you can, go with an accredited organisation, and do check the Ofsted report for the college you intend to study at. You need to make sure you are in the right place physically, emotionally and mentally to do the course and that you do jell with the teachers.

As the course is the first two years of a foundation degree (the last is with the Open University) expect it to be of a University level. Also remember that you will still need to do the extra 300 hours of volunteering to get your BACP accreditation etc. If you can try to swap over to one of their courses as you will automatically get a lot of things you don't get with the CPCAB.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

PS yes you can get an advanced student loan for the level 4 CPCAB qualification, but it wont cover the supervision, private counselling etc.
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Hello,

How long does the course last
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Does anyone have information on how to see some past papers and videos to practice for external exam on level 3?
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I'm not sure they are available. The CPCAB do have some practice videos on their website for other levels, but I'm not sure about level 3. Likewise I don't think the past papers are available either.

I'm sorry I could be of more help.

As for my experience, the video was pretty much the same as level 2 but set around an actual counselling session rather then a conversation. Also the layout of the paper was the same as level 2, but with more in depth questions.
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Hi Purdy7,

What would you advise in terms of workload and study time needed at Level 3? I did Level 2 last year and just started L3 but am hesitating whether to continue. I am doing a 60-credit module at the OU (intro to humanities) at the same time and working part time. I'm wondering whether it's a bit too much and I should focus on one thing.

Many thanks,
Paul
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Thanks for posting your advice and recommendations. How are you finding Level 4?
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Hello, I'm currently working on the level 3 qualification. Do you have and advice on hitting criteria? It feels like there isn't a lot of time to actually complete a portfolio, how did you manage it?
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hi purdy, just wondered if you still had any of you course work from level 2? I'm currently at the end of my course, but for some reason I'm struggling to get my head round the self review? it's so simple but my head is just not working for me, I wondered if you had an example piece that I could look at. cheers tay.
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Hi purdy,Thank you! I found this explaination of level 3 very helpful. Does anyone have a recommended reading list for level 3 counselling studies?My tutor for level 3 starting in September said there were 8 books. I'm not sure if it is a list from CPCAB or put together by her. I would appreciate any personally suggested books also. Thanks again, Emma
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(Original post by Tayzer29)
hi purdy, just wondered if you still had any of you course work from level 2? I'm currently at the end of my course, but for some reason I'm struggling to get my head round the self review? it's so simple but my head is just not working for me, I wondered if you had an example piece that I could look at. cheers tay.
Hi tay,

I just finished level 2 in June.

Do you remember doing a self review at the beginning and half way through the course.

Refer back to you answer for that outlining what you wanted to learn.

Each section refers to the 7 criteria sections for the course refer back to the criteria appendix things.

Sorry forgot what it's called.

Pick out 1 criteria for each section.
e.g

Confidentiality ( i believe one of the criteria cover it 2.1or 2.2 maybe.)

Then put in for example for section

2 : I wanted to become more confident in explaining confidentiality in helping work

I achieved this outcome by
Continuing to practice this in skills practice.

And by Asking for my peer to focus on this when giving me feedback after skills practice.

Also reflect on your feelings around this.
Do you feel proud? do you still find it challenging? Try to be self aware and honest.

Then you can also
Put a little bit about it in criteria 7
Because it relates to feedback.

I hope that helps a bit.
That was my understanding of it anyway.

I Welcome anyone else's interpretation.

Goodluck 😀

Emma
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thank you, that was really helpful.
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