Counseling & Psychology

Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Trauma Studies

Master of Arts (MA), full-time or part-time graduate program

Promote healing in survivors of trauma.

Trauma affects the mind, the body, and the spirit. Without intervention, these effects can last a lifetime. Develop the skills and knowledge needed to foster healing in people across the lifespan. Through Lesley's Trauma Studies master's degree program, you'll gain 1,300 hours of clinical experience while training alongside practitioners who are driving new thinking in the field.

Advances in neurobiology and increased public awareness have turned a spotlight on the profound biopsychosocial consequences of traumatic experiences on the lives of people. At the same time, growing numbers of those in need of such services, including military veterans, international refugees, and domestic violence survivors, are unable to access the services they need.

At Lesley, our faculty-practitioners work alongside you to address these urgent challenges so you can help people sustain hope and break out of unconstructive behaviors and patterns.

You’ll explore the emerging field of post-traumatic therapy, with a focus on counseling those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Discover culturally appropriate community and crisis interventions that foster resilience in the aftermath of violence. And investigate how art and play therapy can facilitate change in children and adolescents.

By completing clinical internships at two of Lesley’s 400+ approve sites throughout Greater Boston and across New England, you’ll have all the experience and expertise you need to apply to for your Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) credential.

Program Structure

On-Campus Full- or Part-Time Program

60 Credits
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Cambridge, MA

A nexus for higher education and mental health counseling practice and research, each year 250,000 students arrive to Cambridge from around the globe. The intellectual and cultural capital runs deep, and so do your opportunities addressing barriers to wellness. From Lesley’s location, access innovative community, hospital, and school-based mental health programs.

Where Students Intern
Our field training office will guide you in finding the best placement to grow your skills, match your career goals, and meet requirements for licensure. With over 450 sites in the Greater Boston area and beyond, and new sites added every year, you'll have the opportunity to explore the variety of roles that professional counselors serve, including:
“The strength of our program is the quality of our students. Many of them go on to become leaders and program directors in the Greater Boston area, helping our innovative approaches take hold throughout the region.”
Jared Kass, Professor, Counseling & Psychology
Licensure Information
Completion of this program provides the pre-licensing educational requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor (LMHC) in Massachusetts. It is your responsibility to understand and comply with all requirements and regulations if you are seeking licensure in another state.
The average salary for professionals with a degree in mental health counseling in New England (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
Massachusetts is the best state in the nation for mental health care according to Mental Health America, with excellent access to care for both youth and adults.
Careers in mental health counseling are expanding, with projections for an eleven percent increase in job openings in New England over the next ten years. (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
Jobs You Could Have
The field of mental health counseling is expanding rapidly, making this an exciting time to pursue graduate study. Common job titles for people with master's degrees in mental health counseling include:
Where Graduates Work
Massachusetts and the Greater Boston area have a large concentration of medical, healthcare, and mental health-related facilities and organizations. Graduates find careers in a wide range of places, including:


Total approximate cost for this master's degree program.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Trauma Studies
  • Tuition
    $1,160/credit x 60
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fees
    Registration Fees
    Materials Fees
    Activity Fees
    Practicum Fees
    Degree Completion Fee
  • Merit Scholarship
    Merit Scholarship
  • Total
Estimated Cost

The Division of Counseling & Psychology awards merit scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $12,000. Other forms of financial aid may also be available. Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover. Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2019–2020 academic year.
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