CPLA gave me the platform and confidence I needed as a clinician to know in my gut that this was what I was put on this earth to do. -Ashley Richter, CPLA counselor 2018-2019
CPLA asks MFT trainees and associates to commit to work 2 days per week at an assigned school for one school year (August-June). Our 35 schools are located throughout Los Angeles from the South Bay to the San Fernando Valley.
In one school year, counselors can expect to receive approximately 700-900 hours ( 250-400 face-to-face child hours). Individual and/or group supervision is provided. Scheduled training workshops cover various topics such as bullying, self-injury, play therapy, and grief and loss.
CPLA’s well-earned reputation for support and supervision makes us a highly sought provider of practicum placement opportunities by both students and universities. This enables us to place only the truly dedicated and reliable counselors who want to work with children and who will work as partners within the collaborative school environment. We hope that is YOU!
Being able to help children at the moment their struggles begin is truly transformative. I have been able to help children understand their feelings and how to cope with them. It is this that will last them a lifetime. -Vanessa Haygood, CPLA counselor 2019-present -
Attach (as a file) a letter stating your current professional goals and how some of the important experiences in your life have influenced you and make our organization a good fit for your goals (please be specific). These experiences may be people, events, and/or cultural influences that have brought you to this moment/graduate school. This will help us to get to know you and your dreams for your future.
Provide us the best phone number and email address to reaach you, and your complete current address.
Provide the days (Monday-Friday) between 9:00 and 3:00 you usually would be available to interview.
Where you plan to be living next August as sometimes the address on your application/resumes is a mailing address and/or you may plan to move.
All days each week you would be available to work for us from 7:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Feel free to also indicate which days would be better for you.
Please indicate if you speak additional languages besides English.
Provide 3 references, ideally professional, with phone and email contact information, how long they have known you, and in what capacity.
Please include a small photo (so we can remember you!) in your email.
Indicate when you can begin working with us: Immediately, or as available, or August.
Please provide information on hours required by your university (if applicable) for: Face to face hours, Total hours, Relational hours, and Group hours
Please provide specific supervision requirements for your degree or status as an MFT including weekly individual and group
We will contact you to set up an interview once all required items have been received.
“I came to work for CPLA because of Monica’s and Therese’s compassionate hearts for the children they work with. They have inspired several counselors including myself to work in schools and provide in-school counseling for kids that might not receive it elsewhere or who need the extra support during hardships they face day in and day out. They believe the success of every student every day is important as I do.”