The Mission of CPLA The mission of Counseling Partners of Los Angeles is to serve at-risk and underserved students living in Los Angeles by providing a low-cost, school-based program that delivers essential counseling and support services students need in order to grow toward their full potential emotionally, intellectually, morally and socially.
CPLA was founded in 2012 to mitigate the critically unmet need for quality mental health care for vulnerable, disadvantaged young people of Los Angeles. Our 50 partner schools and communities work very hard to support, nurture, and help students succeed academically. Faculty and administrators often also bear the worry and burden of the mental health needs of their students. They have neither the time or expertise to do so. In addition, it is impossible to balance those at-times seemingly opposite goals. CPLA, acting as a true partner, provides full access to those desperately needed mental health services to every student attending partner schools. Students need access to critical mental health services more than ever to deal with the trauma stemming from the COVID-19 crisis. A benefit of telehealth counseling is the access with parents. Since the transition to telehealth, parents of students in counseling often requested a session for themselves and/or sought advice from the counselors on how to best help their children. We believe, that as we return to in-person counseling for the coming school year, this will continue to be the case and we will be even more proactive in seeking out parents to build strong connections with them and to help support them for the needs of their children and their families.
CPLA Core Values We believe that every child deserves the right to reach their full potential. We believe our work is defined by the characteristics, uniqueness, needs and promise of the students, families, and school communities we serve. We believe that our students, families and school communities are deserving of quality programs and services to increase their chances for a bright future. We believe in strong, collaborative partnerships that promote trust, respect, and human dignity. We believe that our volunteer counselors are our greatest assets and act as the driving force for positive change in our organization and in supporting our students, families, and school communities. We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards, honesty, integrity, and transparency in all that we do.
Benefits of school-based counseling services for schools, students and families include: Counselors provide on-site screening, counseling, teacher consultation and parent support Counselors are accessible to provide immediate crisis intervention and early intervention services for students and families Students and parents trust counselors as partners within the school community Parental consent is obtained prior to services, facilitated by the school Parents don’t have to miss work, transportation issues are eliminated and students don’t have to miss school No appointment is needed for emergencies, parental concerns and teacher/staff consultation Allows for closer collaboration with teachers Counselors are able to work with students experiencing greater difficulties more frequently Counselors are able to work with families more easily and more often Lessens stigma for students and families Prevention programs increase competencies for youth, families and schools
Our Partner Schools
CPLA is honored to partner with the following schools in the 2021-2022 school year. Schools are located throughout the LA area: Bishop Mora Salesian High School Cathedral High School Don Bosco Technical Institute Frances X. Cabrini Immaculate Conception Junipero Serra High School Mary Immaculate Nativity School Our Lady of Grace Our Lady of Guadalupe Our Lady of Lourdes Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Our Lady of the Rosary School, Paramount (Pre-8) Saint Joseph’s School (TK-8) San Gabriel Mission High School Santa Teresita Elementary School St. Agnes Catholic School St. Aloysius Gonzaga School St. Anthony Elementary School St. Anthony High School St. Athanasius Elementary School St. Columbkille School St. Eugene Catholic School St. Emydius St. Genevieve Elementary School St. Genevieve High School St. Gertrude the Great Catholic School (K-8) St. John Baptist De La Salle St. John Bosco High School St. Lucy's St. Lawrence Martyr St. Mary’s School St. Michael’s Catholic School St. Paul School St. Pius X - St. Matthias Academy St. Raphael St. Rose of Lima St. Thomas the Apostle School St. Turibius Elementary St. Paul St. Philomena St. Elizabeth of Hungary St. Dorothy St. Emydius St. Anthony of Padua St. Pancratius St. Maria Goretti St. Thomas More Transfiguration Paraclete High School Verbum Dei High School
Future Partner Schools
CPLA believes that every student can benefit from counseling and support services. We know that in many schools faculty and administration spend considerable time supporting students and their families when there are not counselors on staff. We would be honored to bring our affordable program to additional schools. If you would like to hear more about our work and how we can help you support your students, please contact us at (310) 459-2752.
“We are always confident that every counseling need, from day to day sessions to crisis emergencies will be handled promptly, efficiently, and professionally. Truthfully we would often be lost without the assistance of Counseling Partners of Los Angeles.”
- Terry Catlin, Director of Counseling at Cathedral High School
For more information on the services of CPLA, please see this informational talk we did with the Catholic Education Foundation in Spring 2021.