Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling
Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) is the name of the credential required for employment as a School Counselor in California K-12 public schools.
Loma Linda’s MS Counseling degree offers PPS School Counseling as a specialization option within the degree program. Candidates have the choice of completing school counseling as a single specialization or combining it with the Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling (LPCC) specialization. Both can generally be completed within the standard two-year program calendar.
The PPS School Counseling curriculum is also open to the MS Martial and Family Therapy candidates as a certificate that can be added to their master’s degree program. This will generally add 6-12 months to their study in the department and can be completed before or after graduation with the master’s degree.
Definitions and Scope of Practice
The scope of school counseling practice is well defined by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and the California Association of School Counselors below
American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
The purpose of school counseling is to facilitate student development in the following three domains:
1) Academic Development, including attitudes, knowledge, and skills that contribute to effective learning in school and across the lifespan; completing school with a wide variety of post-secondary options; and understanding the relationship of school to work, home life, and community involvement.
2) Career Development, including skills to investigate the world of work; employ strategies for achievement of career success and satisfaction; and understand the relationship between personal qualities, education, and the world of work.
3) Personal/Social Development, including attitudes, knowledge, and interpersonal skills to understand and respect self and others; make decisions, set goals, and take action to achieve goals; and understand safety and survival skills.
California Association of School Counselors (CASC)
The School counseling profession provides a common language and a vision of the scope and complexity of the school counseling profession. With these standards, all counselors can define and develop their practice. The standards address the diversity of California’s student population and reflect a system of support services that connects all students to activities and opportunities for academic, career, personal and social development. In promoting the success of all students, school counselors
1) Engage, advocate for, and support all students in learning.
2) Plan, implement, and evaluate programs to promote academic, career, personal, and social development of all students.
3) Utilize multiple sources of information to monitor and improve student behavior and achievement.
4) Collaborate and coordinate with school and community resources.
5) Promote and maintain a safe learning environment for all students.
6) Develop as a professional school counselor.