September : Claudine Rozsa
I am currently studying Clinical Psychology at Azusa Pacific University. I wanted to be apart of CPLA’s team because they’re welcoming, supportive and an inspiring agency that helps communities. I love traveling, trying new food, being surrounded by good people and taking care of myself. I love working with CPLA because I feel the support and love this agency has for helping others. In 10 years, I hope to see myself still traveling the world, living in a beautiful city and being a professor at a university helping future clinicians, while still seeing clients. I love working in the mental health field. I feel so lucky that I get to love the work I do while being surrounded by other inspiring people. I thrive to keep growing and learning about the world, culture and people. I hope to change the world by being authentic and hopefully inspiring others to be their authentic self. I also hope to inspire my clients in letting them know that there is a safe space for them to be accepted and get help.
October: Wendy Palma
I am in my final year at Mount Saint Marys University, Los Angeles. I am pursuing a Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy with an !Enlaces! certification, which prepares me to provide adequate and culturally competent treatment to the Spanish-speaking community. I selected CPLA to complete my traineeship due to their passion for introducing counseling services to schools to support children through their development. I am a registered behavioral technician and have been working with children on the spectrum for over three years. I enjoy reading about varying subjects, spending time with friends, practicing yoga and meditation. I sincerely appreciate CPLA's openhearted and encouraging environment, which promotes growth and advancement for clinicians entering the field. In ten years, I see myself holding a Doctorate in Psychology and having a private practice. Additionally, I would love to help first-generation students by supporting them further in their education and other areas that allows them to reach their goals. I hope to profoundly impact children and families' lives in a meaningful way to help them believe and trust in the power within themselves.
The school year has begun at all of our partner schools which means that our 72 counselors are hard at work via Telehealth. CPLA is proud of all of our counselors who were able to switch over to Telehealth at the end of the last academic year, and are confident in the continuing success that our counselors will have again this year.
We have filled almost all of our counselor positions for January 2021, but will be looking for compassionate and committed clincians to start with us come August. If you are interested in joining the CPLA Team, please apply by checking out our page www.counselingpartnersofla.org/train-with-cpla.html. The interview process will start in February, so make sure you submit your applications before then! We need fantastic people to join our team, we hope you are one of them!
In the past couple weeks, the CPLA counselors have been hard at work attending faculty meetings and emerging themselves in their schools. Although they are not in-person, they are able to connect with the principals and staff via Zoom. All of us at CPLA are so excited that we are going into this school year with all of these amazing counselors and are looking forward to seeing their achievements throughout the year!
COVID-19 created havoc for our student clients and school communities. For many, there was uncertainty of not only meals and education, but continued mental health services. Following the direction of our school partners, CPLA transitioned to a telehealth model of providing services to all our school partners in just one week.
We are beyond grateful for the incredible work that our 72 counselors have been able to provide during this difficult time. We are happy to report that each of our counselors has been able to stay on board with us, provide essential love and care to our students, and continue working towards their goal of being Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.