M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling

Childhood Trauma Studies - Certificate and Minor

The Childhood Trauma Studies Program consists of a four-course curriculum that leads to a Certificate in Childhood Trauma Studies, or for students currently enrolled in a Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) undergraduate program, a Minor in Childhood Trauma Studies.

This program is open to professionals and paraprofessionals who currently work with children and families across various settings and disciplines, as well as to PhilaU 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.

Courses will meet off campus at One Penn Center (1617 JFK Boulevard) on Tuesday evenings from 5:15 to 8:15 P.M. Evening meals and course materials will be provided.

The class location is easily accessible by public transportation. Students will receive financial support for transportation expenses.

The 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.

This programs does not qualify for NBCC continuing education credit.

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CURRICULUM

Students in the minor or certificate program must take the four courses below in sequential order, starting in spring 2016.

Relating Trauma to Typical Childhood Development (3 credits; SPRING)
This course integrates an understanding of typical processes and stages of childhood growth and development with an appreciation for the impact interactions by caregivers can have on the development of healthy/positive physical, intellectual, emotional, social and relational outcomes for infants, toddlers and children. 

The Impact of Trauma in Childhood:  Enhancing Trauma Awareness (3 credits; FALL)
This course provides vital information on the nature of trauma and its aftermath, typical behaviors of children that may be trauma-related and suggestions for trauma-sensitive behaviors on the part of educators and other caregivers of children.

Applying Trauma Principles in Practice (3 credits; SPRING)
This course provides opportunities for students to continue the journey of becoming more trauma-aware, trauma-sensitive and trauma-competent.    

Enhancing Application of Trauma Principles (3 credits; FALL)
In this course students continue exploring the nature and impact of trauma on the lives of children, families and communities, building on the information provided in the previous courses. 



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.