Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of Counseling & Behavioral Health


The University recently brought together its Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) and Community and Trauma Counseling (CTC) programs within the department of counseling and behavioral health to build a broader ecosystem to grow a diverse workforce best equipped to address the major behavioral health and human service challenges facing the nation today. Though the CFT and CTC Programs are unique in their training curriculum, both boast exceptional, rigorous clinical training, a strong social justice orientation, a deep commitment to working with vulnerable populations, a focus on cultural humility, addressing social determinants of health, and developing and honing interprofessional skills and competencies to encourage cross-sector collaboration.

The MS in Community and Trauma Counseling Program prepares students for the Licensed Professional Counselor credential. Students can currently opt for two specializations (or plus options) that lead to an additional credential. The Specialization in Art Therapy dually prepares students for the LPC and the Registered Art Therapy (AT/R) credentials. The Specialization in Trauma, Addictions and Recovery, which will launch in summer 2019, prepares students for the LPC and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) credentials.

The MS in Couple and Family Therapy Program, developed and operates in a unique partnership with the Council for Relationships, prepares graduates for the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy credential, and features two plus options as well: a Sex Therapy or a Family Therapy track.

The department also offers an expedited five-year combined bachelor’s/master’s degree in psychology or health sciences (BS) and Community and Trauma Counseling (MS), and an array of certificate programs for advanced practice professionals seeking additional competencies in trauma, addictions, sex therapy, medical family therapy or art therapy.

In the months ahead, the department will build upon its current programming to offer additional opportunities.