M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling

Program Mission and Goals

The Community and Trauma Counseling Program Mission

Born out of growing empirical evidence that trauma is frequently at the root of psychological distress and dysfunction, the Master of Science degree program in Community and Trauma Counseling (CTC) aims to develop competent trauma-informed professionals who have the knowledge and skills to work as practitioners, researchers, and policy makers.  Consistent with the central mission of Philadelphia University, this program combines a comprehensive, innovative, multidisciplinary and flexible education with an emphasis on a broader societal context. By integrating a specialized knowledge of trauma with a broad base of counseling scholarship and practice, graduates will emerge as versatile professionals in the global community.  This program seeks to enhance the professionalism and practice of the field of trauma counseling by encouraging research and excellence in evidence-based practice.

Program Goals and Learning Objectives

  • Graduates of the Community and Trauma Counseling Program at Philadelphia University will be competent, trauma-informed professionals.  They will meet the academic and practice standards necessary to achieve credentialing and membership with appropriate professional organizations such as the American Counselors Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors, the International Association of Trauma Professionals, The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

  • Graduates of the Community and Trauma Counseling Program at Philadelphia University will be versatile professionals equipped to practice effectively with diverse clients within a variety of community, agency, and institutional settings, private practice, and government.

  • Graduates of the Community and Trauma Counseling Program at Philadelphia University will demonstrate cultural humility and engage as culturally competent professionals.

  • Graduates of the Community and Trauma Counseling Program will serve as advocates for their clients, for the counseling profession, and for themselves as professionals continuously engaged in life-long learning.

  • Graduates of the Community and Trauma Counseling Program will uphold the highest standards of ethical practice as established by the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics (2005).