The School Counseling Masters in psychology program’s primary goal is to train capable, self-reliant students to become caring, effective and highly-skilled school counselors. The program prepares students to address the three domains of school counseling: social/emotional, academic, and college/career. Through a systems lens, school counseling students gain the fundamental expertise in understanding how these domains are interrelated and impact the various stakeholders in a school setting.
About the Program
What is a school counselor? Our School Counseling program uniquely integrates in depth counseling skills with the educational and leadership tools valued in today’s schools. Our program’s primary goal is to train capable, self-reliant students to become caring, effective, and highly skilled school counselors. In addition to thought-provoking classroom instruction, our curriculum provides an unparalleled opportunity for students to gain active, hands-on experience and practice in the field of school counseling.
At Phillips Graduate Institute, we will teach you how to become a school counselor. It is our mission to train human relations experts who understand how to help others in a range of contexts and settings. School counselors, like other mental health professionals, need fundamental knowledge of how systems work and how human relationships can be improved. By integrating academic knowledge with practical application and personal growth, our program is uniquely suited to develop and train counselors who can meet the challenges of contemporary life.
Experiential learning plays a key role in our foundational first-year psychology courses. The first year includes role playing and skills training as well as courses directed at students’ personal development and self-understanding.
Our M.A. in Psychology with an emphasis in School Counseling/PPS is a 53 unit program taken over two years (5 semesters) and designed around a 40-hour work schedule.
- During the first year, students take one full day of class either on Saturday or a weekday from 8am-5pm.
- A three hour weekly Case Conference section.
- During the second year, students take courses on Monday and Wednesday evenings only.
Phillips is both experiential and applied in our educational philosophy. All faculty are licensed, practicing professionals with diverse specializations. This brings a wealth of experience to the classroom that enhances the students’ education and their school counselor with pupil personnel services credential reelated careers post graduation.
Why become a school counselor? Graduates of the Masters of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in School Counseling/PPS program are credentialed by the State of California. They can also find school counseling jobs at community colleges, private schools, and mental health facilities.
Phillips Graduate Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The Master of Arts in Psychology with Emphasis in School Counseling/Pupil Personnel Ser