M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling

M.S. In Community and Trauma Counseling

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Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) programs in Community and Trauma Counseling stand alone in their commitment to developing trauma competent mental health counselors. Trauma skills, knowledge and research are infused in the fabric of every course, preparing competent mental health professionals who understand mental health services consumers of today, who are increasingly likely to be trauma survivors. 

Community and Trauma Counseling at Jefferson is designed to meet the growing demand for professionals who are well-equipped to provide counseling to individuals and communities influenced by adverse experiences, catastrophic events or traumatic stress. By combining a comprehensive, innovative, multidisciplinary education, the program exposes students to the societal impact of trauma in the political, economic and social spheres.

Students can begin the Community and Trauma Counseling program in a related undergraduate program, as a part or full-time graduate student, or can specialize in art therapy. The program also offers an advanced studies certificate for graduate-level students; and a childhood trauma counseling certificate for specialized skills at the undergraduate or graduate level.

At Jefferson, our faculty of fully-engaged, practicing professionals brings contemporary concepts and practices into the classroom. Students complete internships while they study, which provides them with real-world, hands-on experience as they build their professional networks. Students also complete the coursework required for professional licensing, and they will have the opportunity to study community counseling in all the domains set forth by accrediting and state bodies. The program prepares graduates for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in Pennsylvania and most other states, as well as other trauma counseling credentials provided by partnering organizations.

Graduates of the program are prepared for careers as community health counselors in professional private practices, agency and institutional settings, and in environments impacted by trauma. They have the tools to become versatile professionals in a global community.


M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling

Weekday and Evening/Weekend Format

The M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling is offered in a weekday and evening/weekend format. The weekday program model offers students the option of completing their M.S. degree in 2 years with classes Monday through Friday.

The evening/weekend format allows students to maintain full- or part-time employment while earning their degree in either 2 or 3 years. In the flexible program, students engage in class meetings one evening weekly and two Saturdays per month, and participate regularly in asynchronous online interactions with instructors and peers.

The program prepares graduates for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in Pennsylvania and most other states, as well as the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential issued by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).

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M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling
Specializing in Art Therapy

Hybrid Program (on-campus classes and asynchronous online requirements)

The 69-credit specialization in art therapy gives a broad understanding of the most current theory and research related to clinical art therapy, mental health counseling, and trauma. The program prepares graduates for state licensure and national certification in professional counseling (LPC/NCC), and the art therapy credentials of registration and board certification (ATR-BC).

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B.S./M.S. Combined Program Options

Health Sciences or Psychology Options

The combined B.S./M.S. programs at Jefferson are designed for students who know early on that they want to become professional counselors, allowing a seamless transition from undergraduate to graduate programs in less time than would be required to complete both separately.

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Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma Counseling

For professionals who have already earned a graduate degree in counseling or a related mental health discipline,Jefferson invites you to gain advanced trauma competencies and knowledge with our 4-course Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma Counseling, resulting in 128 contact hours (provided through NBCC and PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors).

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Childhood Trauma Studies Certificate or Minor

Open to professionals and paraprofessionals who currently work with children and families across various settings and disciplines, as well as to Jefferson undergraduate and graduate students who seek to understand the complex impact of childhood trauma on development, this program offers advanced trauma knowledge, skills and competencies to promote healing and growth for children and families impacted by childhood adversity.

This program is offered in partnership with The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), and The Institute for Family Professionals (IFP), a division of Lakeside Educational Network.

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