MS - Child Trauma & Play Therapy Concentration


College of Health Professions


Master of Science


East Falls


On Campus




2 Years

Program Leadership

Name: Jeanne Felter, PhD, LPC
Position: Chair, Department of Counseling & Behavioral Health
Name: Nicole G. Johnson, PhD, LPC, ACS, CAADC, CCDP-D, BC-TMH
  • Program Director
  • Assistant Professor

Concentration Coordinator

Name: Katharine Wenocur, DSW, LCSW, RPT, CAAPT
Position: Coordinator Child Trauma & Play Therapy Concentration
Organization: Jefferson- East Falls Campus

Jefferson- East Falls Campus
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

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Program Contact

Name: Sheryl Cooley
Position: Administrative Assistant

Program Overview

The 66-credit MS degree in Community and Trauma Counseling PLUS Concentration in Child Trauma and Play Therapy trains exceptionally skilled child and adolescent therapists who are uniquely equipped with trauma competencies and knowledge, coupled with play therapy techniques and applications to support the health and emotional wellbeing of children and families. The program prepares graduates for state licensure and national certification in professional counseling (LPC/NCC) and the Registered Play Therapist™ (RPT) credential.

Two formats are available to achieve your educational goals with your schedule: daytime and evening.  Students in the daytime format will be required to attend a small number of evening classes.

Accreditation Status

CTC houses the Center for Child Trauma and Play Therapy, which grants play therapy specific education hours for students seeking the Registered Play Therapist™ (RPT) credential.

The Community and Trauma Counseling MS program at Thomas Jefferson University is accredited for 8 years by a specialized accreditor, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. (MS only)


The child trauma and play therapy concentration is a 66-credit curriculum that can be completed in two years.