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Counseling & Psychology

Trauma Studies in Counseling and Psychology

Graduate certificate, full-time or part-time post-master’s certificate program

Foster resilience in those impacted by trauma.

Develop the interventions needed to work with survivors of trauma. Guided by Lesley University’s expert faculty-clinicians, who are at the forefront of psychosocial trauma research and practice, bring new knowledge to your current profession. Designed for current practitioners who hold a master’s degree in counseling or a related field, this 12-credit, Cambridge-based program builds your expertise in trauma theory and practice in relation to specific client populations and topics.

With growing numbers of those in need of trauma-sensitive services, including military veterans, international refugees, and domestic violence survivors, make an impact on an overwhelmed healthcare system. Through a combination of science, theory, and empathy grounded in fieldwork, gain the specialized skill set needed to help people break out of unconstructive behaviors and patterns.

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Program Structure

Full-Time or Part-Time On-Campus Program

12 Credits

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.

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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.

“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 of Counseling & Psychology
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Counseling & Psychology
Susan Gere
Susan Gere, is core faculty and a clinician and consultant in the community. Her research and teaching interests are in integrative approaches to trauma treatment; understanding the impact of adverse life experience on adult learning; and mental health consultation in clinical, educational, organizational, and community settings.
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Trauma Studies in Counseling and Psychology
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    $1,190/credit x 12
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