Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Community & Trauma Counseling

The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) programs in Community and Trauma Counseling stand alone in their commitment to developing trauma competent mental health counselors. Trauma skills, knowledge and research are infused in the fabric of every course, preparing competent mental health professionals who understand mental health services consumers of today, who are increasingly likely to be trauma survivors.

Community and Trauma Counseling (CTC) at Jefferson is designed to meet the growing demand for professionals who are well-equipped to provide counseling to individuals and communities influenced by adverse experiences, catastrophic events or traumatic stress. By combining a comprehensive, innovative, multidisciplinary education, the program exposes students to the societal impact of trauma in the political, economic and social spheres.

Students can begin the Community and Trauma Counseling program in a related undergraduate program, as a part or full-time graduate student, or can specialize in art therapy. The program also offers an advanced studies certificate for graduate-level students; and a childhood trauma counseling certificate for specialized skills at the undergraduate or graduate level.

At Jefferson, our faculty of fully-engaged, practicing professionals brings contemporary concepts and practices into the classroom. Students complete internships while they study, which provides them with real-world, hands-on experience as they build their professional networks. Students also complete the coursework required for professional licensing, and they will have the opportunity to study community counseling in all the domains set forth by accrediting and state bodies. The program prepares graduates for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in Pennsylvania and most other states, as well as other trauma counseling credentials provided by partnering organizations.

Graduates of the program are prepared for careers as community health counselors in professional private practices, agency and institutional settings, and in environments impacted by trauma. They have the tools to become versatile professionals in a global community.

Degree & Certificate Options


Get ready for a career as a community health counselor in a professional private practice, agency and institutional settings, or in environments impacted by trauma. 


Prepare for state licensure and national certification in professional counseling (LPC/NCC), and the art therapy credentials of registration and board certification (ATR-BC).


Seamlessly complete undergraduate and graduate degrees in less time than would be required to complete both separately.


This certificate is designed for professionals who have already earned a graduate degree in counseling or a related mental health discipline.


This program is geared toward professionals who currently work with children and families across various settings and disciplines, and Jefferson undergraduate and graduate students.


Learn about the ethics, history and theories of art therapy. Study art therapy assessment, advanced creative group process, and learn about studio art techniques in art therapy.

Contact Us

Community and Trauma Counseling
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144-5497

Phone: (215) 951-2943
Fax: (215) 951-2907