Professional Counseling Organizations
Professional counseling is supported by two different types of organizations. Associations provide standards for practice, professional development opportunities, and a community to support licensed counselors. In addition to setting standards state boards and commissions issue licenses or credentials to qualified graduates and provide oversight of the counseling profession. During their first quarter in the program Counseling MS students are expected to join at least one of the associations listed below, and they are expected to maintain membership throughout the program.
American Counseling Association (ACA)
The American Counseling Association is the national organization for professional counseling. Its divisions include but are not limited to counseling specializations in clinical, career, rehabilitation, marriage and family, spiritual, drug and alcohol, and school counseling. The organization’s Code of Ethics sets the standard for practice and can be downloaded, saved, and printed from the ACA website. A copy is also posted on the Canvas CFS Counseling Community site.
American School Counseling Association (ASCA)
The American School Counseling Association is the national organization for professional school counseling. It publishes the national model and standards for school counseling programs, as well as Ethical Standards for School Counselors. Both can be downloaded, saved, and printed from the ASCA website. Copies are also posted on the Canvas CFS Counseling Community site.
California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (CALPCC)
The California Association of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors is the advocacy and support organization that lobbied for more than a decade to achieve licensure for professional counseling in California. LPCC students should join CALPCC and continue their membership throughout their career. It is a rich resource for obtaining up-to-date licensure information.
California Association of School Counseling (CASC)
The California Association of School Counseling focuses upon practice in this state. It provides students with numerous opportunities for professional development online and within driving distance from Loma Linda University. CASC standards can be downloaded, saved, and printed from the CASC website. A copy is also posted on the Canvas CFS Counseling Community. Students are encouraged to join and participate when possible.
California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)
The California Board of Behavioral Sciences is the licensing organization that regulates Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling (LPCC). Its website provides comprehensive information related to licensure requirements and instructions for completing intern and license applications.
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing is the organization that issues credentials to all qualified public school personnel. School counseling candidates will apply to CTC for clearance to begin field experience and later for the Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS) following graduation.