Is this program right for you?
Be the one changing lives. If you're interested in a program that gives students the opportunity to develop their skills in assessment, treatment planning and clinical interventions and that enables practitioners to work effectively with a wide range of clients, this program is for you.
Learn to practice self-regulation and somatic awareness on an individual level, personally experiencing and performing the skills taught.
Increase your awareness and understanding of the importance of your own self-care.
Counselors, therapists, psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health professionals, and child and youth care workers.
Practitioners who are working with children, youth and/or adult survivors of complex trauma and child sexual abuse will also benefit."
The Graduate Certificate in Complex Trauma & Child Sexual Abuse Intervention values theoretical, experiential and applied learning that is learner-centred and informed by current research and practice.
Students gain a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental theoretical and clinical approaches underlying best practices in the complex trauma field.
An applied, experiential learning model means they develop clinical skills in assessment, treatment planning, and clinical interventions that will enable them to work effectively with a wide range of clients from diverse social locations.
The program takes an integrative approach to the assessment and treatment of complex trauma and child sexual abuse, drawing on the most current clinical and evidence-based material on effective complex trauma intervention, as well as the most recent research on attachment, neurobiology, memory and dissociation.
This program is situated within an understanding of culturally relevant practice and how multiple identities, social locations and historical contexts inform theory and practice.
What You Need to Graduate
There are two options for completing the certificates.
1. Receive the Graduate Certificate in Complex Trauma and Child Sexual Abuse Intervention by completing all required courses.
2. Receive the Graduate Certificate in Complex Trauma by completing the following courses: COUN-5200, COUN-5202, COUN-5208, COUN-5212, COUN-5220, COUN-5225 and COUN-5230.
Successful completion of all assignments and full attendance is required. Participants must complete the courses within four years.
After completing the first course of the program, Theoretical Foundation in Complex Trauma (COUN-5200), online, you are eligible to register for Somatics in Complex Trauma (COUN-5215) and/or Child Sexual Abuse Intervention (COUN-5225). With this option, these courses are considered standalone and do not constitute a certificate.
This program is learner-centred and informed by current research and practice.
Tuition for the program is approximately $6,379.
Non-Refundable Certificate Application Fee $75.
Learner Services Fee $5.50 per credit.
Courses after April 1st are subject to a 2% tuition increase.
Textbooks & Supplies
Course manuals are supplied when you attend class. If additional books or other materials are required, you will be advised when you register for the program.
STEP 1 - Assemble Supplemental Documents
You will need to submit four items to the Admissions office.
1. A 250-word "Letter of Intent" describing your interest in the program and previous related education, training and/or experience.
2. Your resume.
3. Letter of Reference from your employer.
4. Official university transcript.
STEP 2 - Apply to the Program
Complete the online application form. Submit it with your supplemental documentation and payment.
Mail or In-person
Justice Institute of British Columbia
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4
There is a $75 non-refundable application fee. You may include payment with your completed application form or call the Admissions Office to pay your fee over the phone by credit card.
We recommend applying as soon as possible, to allow for adequate time to process your application.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
This is an open enrolment program. Enrolment deadline August of each year.
A minimum of a Bachelors's degree in counselling, clinical social work, psychology, or related discipline together with relevant work experience in complex trauma and/or child abuse is required.
Applicants without a Bachelors degree with the equivalent combination of three to five years of education, training, and work experience in a related discipline such as psychology, social work, and/or counseling, working with a child, youth, and/or adult survivors of trauma will also be considered.
Financial aid & awards
Candidates for this program may be eligible for JIBC awards and bursaries.
For more information, contact Student Services.
International applicants are encouraged to contact JIBC's Office of International Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Who should take this certificate program?
A: This program is designed for counsellors, therapists, psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health professionals, and child and youth care workers. Practitioners who are working with children, adolescents and/or adult survivors of complex trauma and child sexual abuse will also benefit from this program.
Q: What are the admission requirements?
A: A minimum of a bachelor's degree in counselling, clinical social work, psychology or related discipline together with relevant work experience in complex trauma and/or child abuse is required.
Applicants without a bachelor's degree with the equivalent combination of three to five years of education, training and work experience in a related discipline such as psychology, social work and/or counselling can apply. Individuals with experience working with child, youth and/or adult survivors of trauma will also be considered.
Q: Are books and course manuals included in the tuition fees?
A: Course manuals are supplied when you attend class. If you need to purchase books or other materials, you will be advised of the details when you register.
Courses in this program