Community & Trauma Counseling

Professional Counselors practice the prevention and .treatment of mental, emotional, behavioral disorders and associated stresses that interfere with mental health. The Master of Science in Community and Trauma Counseling Program provides graduates with the knowledge and skills for trauma-informed practice as community mental health counselors across a breadth of settings including agency and institutional settings, professional private practice, and other environments influenced by traumatic events and extreme stress.

The MS in CTC program of studies provides a comprehensive 60-credit curriculum in two different delivery methods: a traditional weekday format and an evening and weekend model. Both delivery methods require an identical, lock-step 20-course curriculum that is designed to be completed by full-time students in two years (five semesters including the summer session). Either delivery method is designed for working students and can be taken on a half-time basis.  Courses are delivered through a hybrid-learning format that combines on campus classes and online instruction. Graduates from either progression will have met the coursework and practice requirements for state licensure (in Pennsylvania and many other states) and national certification in professional counseling (LPC/NCC).

In addition to the classroom and online learning components of this program, students are required to engage in two clinical fieldwork experiences. In the first year, students will complete a practicum, where they will spend a minimum of 100 hours developing skills and knowledge within a mental health or school setting.  Students then progress into the advanced clinical experience, the internship, where they complete a minimum of 600 hours within their community or school placement.  Program faculty will facilitate student placements in practicum and internship.

The CTC program has changed how I live my life. It made me even more curious about the connection between the brain and the body; how they make us feel, think, and move. It showed me so many things that I may not have ever thought of or imagined myself doing.

Jie Bin Chen Class of 2022

Schedule Offerings

The courses in the CTC program are offered in two different delivery methods: a traditional weekday format, and an evening and weekend model. Both delivery methods require an identical, lock-step 20-course curriculum that is designed to be completed by full-time students in two years (five consecutive semesters including the summer session of the first year in the program).

Weekday Format

Classes generally meet every week, on two different weekdays on the East Falls campus. The weekday program is comprised primarily of full-time students who enroll in 3- 4 courses per semester and need to take classes during the weekday and weekday afternoon time periods. Please review the course catalog for specific details on the schedule during any given semester.

Evening/Weekend Format

The evening/weekend format is available for students who chose to take courses primarily during the evenings and on weekends. These classes generally meet once a week during the evening and alternating weekends. Please review the course catalog for specific details on the schedule during any given semester.

Concentrations

Child Trauma & Play – Students may select the Child Trauma & Play Therapy concentration at point of application or anytime within their first year of the MS program. This concentration is an additional six credits of coursework.

Trauma, Addictions & Recovery – Students may select the Trauma, Addictions & Recovery concentration at point of application or anytime within their first year of the MS program. This concentration is an additional six credits of coursework.

Art Therapy – Students must select the Art Therapy concentration at point of application to the MS program. This concentration requires supplemental materials and prerequisites for admission beyond the standard CTC application, and requires a July start. This concentration is an additional nine credits of coursework.