Community & Trauma Counseling
Professional Counselors practice the prevention and treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders and associated stresses that interfere with mental health and normal growth and development. 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 community-based clinical setting. Students then progress into the advanced clinical experience, the internship, where they complete a minimum of 600 hours within a community-based clinical setting. Community-based clinical settings include schools, outpatient programs, and hospitals, as well as some less traditional venues like homeless and domestic violence shelters. . Program faculty and staff will assist student placements in practicum and internship.
Classes meet weekly EITHER Tuesdays and Wednesdays OR Tuesdays and Wednesdays, contingent on cohort, and asynchronous online learning will be continuous throughout the semester. The weekday program is comprised primarily of full-time students who enroll in 12 credits per semester; however, with Program Director approval, and/or as a contingency within a student remediation plan, students may drop to half-time in the weekday program.
The evening/weekend format allows students to maintain part-time employment while earning their degree in either 2 or 3 years. In the flexible program, students engage in class meetings one evening weekly and two Saturdays per month, and participate regularly in asynchronous online interactions with instructors and peers. Students in the evening/weekend model can enroll full-time (12 credits per semester) or half-time (6 credits per semester).
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.