Human Services Counseling Master’s in Trauma Gain the Skills to Help Clients Deal with Trauma


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Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Have you seen tragedy strike and felt called to help survivors? Trauma and crisis response counseling is a noble field that needs professionals who are both compassionate and well-educated. There are individuals across the world who are suffering the effects of a traumatic incident or abuse, and they need someone to come alongside them and work through their pain.

Liberty University’s Master of Arts (MA) in Human Services Counseling – Crisis Response and Trauma online degree can help you gain the training you need to help people suffering as a result of traumatic experiences. Whether you are looking for career advancement or just starting out in human services, this program can help.

Please note: The online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling is not designed to fulfill clinical counseling requirements. If you are interested in pursuing a licensure program, please see our Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

*Some exclusions apply. Please refer to our exclusions page for more information.

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What Sets Us Apart?

  • Private Nonprofit University
  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

You want to help survivors of tragedy, and we want to help you get there. Our program is designed to provide you with the tools to succeed in trauma and crisis response therapy. But we believe there is more to your education than just providing you with academic checkpoints.

Here are some of the reasons why Liberty stands out:

  • Complete your coursework on a schedule that fits your needs with Liberty University’s award-winning online learning environment.
  • Complete a study of human behavior with a balanced perspective on the theological principles that underlie psychology, giving you effective crisis response and trauma counseling techniques with a firm biblical worldview.
  • Be mentored by professors with real-world experience in human services and counseling while you explore the cutting-edge scholarship and methods for crisis trauma and response.
  • See best practices put to action by observing group meetings in your own community.

The core content of the online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling provides a balanced overview of important theories in psychology while applying this knowledge to specific, real-world counseling practices. Students will study the development of the human mind from childhood to adulthood and how multicultural issues impact counseling in individual and group settings.

In the master’s in human services counseling crisis response and trauma area of study, you can learn how to apply core crisis counseling and mental health support skills to disaster relief efforts and trauma therapy. You will have the opportunity to customize your crisis response and trauma electives in areas that will be most useful to your needs. Students in the crisis response and trauma area of study will have flexible crisis counseling tools that include assessment and treatment options to help suffering people in their communities.

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Graduate Full Time $565/Credit
Graduate Part Time $615/Credit
Military Graduate $275/Credit

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)*
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

*Not applicable to certificates.