Prevalence rates support that most consumers of mental health services are trauma survivors. Thus, it is a necessity for competent mental health professionals to be trauma-informed and skilled in trauma treatment. Philadelphia University's M.S. degree program in Community and Trauma Counseling stands alone in its commitment to developing trauma competent mental health counselors as trauma skills, knowledge and research are infused in the fabric of every course in the 60 credit progression. The program also prepares individuals for the credential of Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
The M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling program 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.
At PhilaU, 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. Students will graduate from Philadelphia University's M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling Program eligible for the 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.