M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling

M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling

The M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson Unviersity) 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 Jefferson, our faculty of fully-engaged, practicing professionals brings contemporary concepts and practices into the classroom. While in the program you can complete internships providing you with real-world, hands-on experience as you build a professional network. You will also complete the coursework required for professional licensing, and will have the opportunity to study community counseling in all the domains set forth by accrediting and state bodies. As a graduate, you will have th education needed for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in Pennsylvania and most other states, as well as other trauma counseling credentials provided by partnering organizations.

The program will will prepare you for careers as community health counselors in professional private practices, agency and institutional settings, and in environments impacted by trauma, with tools to become versatile professionals in a global community.

Delivery Options

  • Weekday Format

    This more traditional cohort-based model meets on campus twice per week. While this is a full-time progression, it also allows ample time to engage in clinical placements and continue part-time employment. Each year’s class enters as a cohort that maintains the same schedule and courses throughout the life of the program. Key benefits of this format include graduation in two years, as well as a model where students can learn from and support one another through the curriculum and clinical experiences.

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  • Evening/Weekend Format
    This more flexible model meets on campus one evening weekly and two Saturdays per month (8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.), allowing more time for full or part-time employment and family life. While this option also allows and encourages a full-time progression, there is an opportunity to enroll as a half-time student (two classes per semester) or to drop down to a half-time progression, should the need arise. A key benefit of this format is a more liberal course schedule allowing for the changing needs of a work/school/home balance.

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