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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 can choose to pursue one or two internships where you'll gain 700 to 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 one or 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.

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Program Structure

On-Campus Full- or Part-Time Program

60 Credits
Counseling and Psychology PhD Alum in a Classroom with Peers
700 hours of field experience

One-Internship Option

The one-internship option is the most flexible way to complete your 60-credit master’s degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Trauma Studies or Holistic Studies. If you choose to do one internship, over 2 semesters, you’ll engage in 700 hours of supervised internship/field experience in a clinical setting. You’ll earn 6 graduate credits through the supervision courses you take while completing your internship and you will meet the minimum requirements for licensure in Massachusetts. Because you’ll be doing one internship, you’ll have 9 credits to take in electives.

Graduate student in a counseling class
1,300 hours of field experience

Two-Internship Option

You might choose the two-internship option to gain experience in an organization that will only accept students who already have internship experience in a clinical setting. Or, if you want to gain experience in a variety of settings or working with various populations. Over 4 semesters, you’ll engage in 1,300 hours of supervised internships/field experiences in clinical or school settings. You’ll earn 12 graduate credits through the supervision courses you take while completing your internships and you'll exceed the minimum requirements for licensure in Massachusetts. Because you’ll be doing an additional internship, you'll take 3 credits in electives.

Remote Learning for Summer 2021 On-Campus Programs

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff come first. Due to COVID-related campus restrictions in Summer 2021, we are offering the on-campus version of this program remotely, in 15-week face-to-face courses that have been moved online for now. Instruction is both asynchronous and synchronous. Any program courses that were previously fully online will be taught in 8 week terms with asynchronous instruction.

Whatever the delivery mode, you'll get the same careful attention and support from our dedicated faculty and staff.

Please contact luadmissions@lesley.edu if you have any questions.

Expected Program Competencies and Outcomes

Learn more about the expected competencies and outcomes that our clinical mental health counseling programs meet:

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    Outcome 1: Professional counselor identity development integrating multicultural awareness, culturally competent counseling, and social justice advocacy interventions

    Outcome 2: Capacity for empathic engagement, therapeutic alliance, and critical self-reflection as a counselor including the recognition of personal worldview and biases to enhance working with diverse groups in school and community settings

    Outcome 3: Knowledge of cognitive, social, and emotional development across the lifespan including ecological, contextual, multicultural, and social justice foundations

    Outcome 4: Understanding of a variety of counseling theories, prevention, intervention, consultation, and social justice advocacy strategies

    Outcome 5: Knowledge of individual psychopathology, mental health assessment and diagnosis, as defined by classification systems such as Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) and the International Classification of Disease (ICD) and their relationship to treatment, prevention and knowledge of cultural biases associated with these systems

    Outcome 6: Ability to conduct an intake interview, use biopsychosocial case conceptualization for treatment planning, and conceptualize and deliver a case presentation in both written and oral form  

    Outcome 7: Knowledge regarding the use, limitations and interpretation of assessment tools with an awareness of the cultural bias in assessment protocols and use of assessment/evaluation instruments and techniques that foster social justice among diverse client populations

    Outcome 8: Skills for training, consulting, and collaborating with families, school personnel, and healthcare providers for education, systems change, and social justice advocacy

    Outcome 9: Understanding of ethical and legal professional standards of care grounded in federal and state laws, public policy processes, and ethical standards of ACA, AMHCA and ASCA

    Outcome 10: Knowledge of principles and practices of career counseling including the study of vocational/career development theories and decision making models; career assessment instruments and techniques, and the application of social justice theories to people’s vocational/career development

    Outcome 11: Understanding of how to critically evaluate and interpret traditional and social justice oriented research and apply relevant research in counseling practice with the knowledge of cultural biases associated with research practice

    Outcome 12: Knowledge of group theory, effective group interventions, principles of group dynamics, group processes, and group leadership, and the application of group work theory and practice to organizational dynamics and social justice advocacy in difficult settings

    Outcome 13: Neuroscience, physical and biological foundations of human development, behavior and wellness; including the use of neuro-scientific research findings for culturally competent counseling practices and social justice advocacy interventions

    Outcome 14: Completion of supervised field placement experiences that focus on the promotion of mental health, human development, wellness, cultural competency, and social justice advocacy, under the clinical supervision of appropriately credentialed professionals

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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

Depending on your professional goals, where you reside or plan to practice, and the licensure requirements within that state, there are different pathways toward licensure or credentialing that may be relevant. In accordance with Lesley University’s institutional participation in SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) and with federal regulations, we strongly encourage prospective applicants who intend to pursue licensure in a state other than Massachusetts to visit the Lesley University Licensure and Credentialing webpage and review the “Licensure Information for Students and Applicants” document for their specific program.

1,005
Counselors, therapists, and other mental health practitioners were trained at Lesley University in the last 5 years, making us the largest provider of training for licensed mental health counselors in New England.
#1
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.
22%
Careers in mental health counseling are expanding, with projections for a 22% increase in job openings from 2018 to 2028. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Careers
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:
Careers
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:

Faculty

Total approximate cost for this master's degree program.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Trauma Studies
  • Tuition
    $1190 x 60
    $71,400
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fees
    $1,090
    Registration Fees
    $280
    Materials Fees
    $240
    MAP Tevera Fee
    $195
    Graduate Student Activity Fees
    $180
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fees
    $70
  • Merit Scholarship
    Merit Scholarship
    $-5,000
  • Total
Estimated Cost

The Division of Counseling & Psychology awards merit scholarships from $5,000 to $12,000. Other forms of financial aid may also be available.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

Learn more about graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

  • Tuition
    $1,190/credit x 60
    $71,400
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fees
    $2,180
    Registration Fees
    $280
    Materials Fees
    $240
    MAP Tevera Fee
    $195
    Activity Fees
    $180
    Practicum Fees
    $140
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
  • Merit Scholarship
    Merit Scholarship
    $-5,000
  • Total
Estimated Cost

The Division of Counseling & Psychology awards merit scholarships from $5,000 to $12,000. Other forms of financial aid may also be available.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

Learn more about graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

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