Wishing our North Wales based learner Rachel Parker the best of luck with her Inspire! Learning Award 2023 nomination! | Adult Learning Wales

Wishing our North Wales based learner Rachel Parker the best of luck with her Inspire! Learning Award 2023 nomination!


Our Curriculum Development Co-ordinator, Nicola Holmes has nominated our learner Rachel Parker for the Inspire! Learning Award 2023 for her determination, dedication and personal growth!

Nicola says, “Rachel’s learning journey with Adult Learning Wales began in 2017 when she signed up for a 5 week Introduction to Counselling course which was held at the local CAIS office in Wrexham -  Rachel had been clean and sober for 3 years at this point and was ready to peruse her dream career.  After successfully completing the Introduction course, Rachel quickly progressed on to the Intermediate Counselling course and again completed successfully.  Rachel’s confidence grew and she was determined to continue with her studies with the end goal of becoming a Therapeutic Counsellor. To achieve this goal, Rachel first had to complete the CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling – the course is very different from the first 2 courses that Rachel completed and requires learners to do a lot more independent learning, Rachel had to dig deep into her self-motivation despite external challenges but overcame these and continued to progress. Rachel completed the Level 3 in July 2019.

Rachel now wanted to embark on the CPCAB Level 4 Diploma, this would be the final piece of the jigsaw that would allow Rachel to become a qualified Counsellor.  The cost of training to becoming a Counsellor can be costly but Rachel did not let this deter her and applied for funding from CAIS and the Adult Learning Wales financial Contingency fund in order to pay for course fees, reading materials, transport costs, insurance and membership of the BACP…  – there was no stopping Rachel!

The Level 4 requires a lot of self-exploration and development, both personally and professionally, and as Rachel’s tutor describes ‘it can be a roller coaster of emotions at times’.  Rachel had to revisit some of the darkest times in her past but did not shy away and did this with openness, courage and determination.

Rachel successfully completed all elements of the course in July 2022, this included meeting all the assessment criteria of the course, completing a 100 hour student placement where she worked with clients on a one to one basis, undertaking her own personal therapy and also with the added pressures of the pandemic – again Rachel had to adapt and acquire new skills so she could continue with the course as it moved online and also switch to telephone counselling.

Rachel will tell you herself that she had many setbacks during her journey and at times she did have days when she doubted herself, but I have never met someone so determined to make a change, not only for her own future but for those who need support just like she did all those years ago.  It has been my pleasure to work with Rachel over the last 4 years and watch her grow.”

Rachel’s tutor, Louise Tyson, said “To be with Rachel on her journey to professional status has been rewarding to me as a tutor.  Her determination and commitment is to be applauded.  I wish her well for her future in the Counselling world”.

We wish Rachel the very best of luck with her nomination!

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