Graduate Certificate in Complex Trauma & Child Sexual Abuse Intervention

This 30 day (15 credit) Graduate Certificate is learner-centered and informed by current research and practice.

The Graduate Certificate in Complex Trauma & Child Sexual Abuse Intervention values theoretical, experiential and applied learning that is learner-centered and informed by current research and practice. Taking 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.

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Who Should Take This Graduate Certificate Program

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 benefit.  

Learning Objectives

You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the key theoretical and clinical approaches underlying best practices in the complex trauma field. An applied, experiential learning model means you will develop clinical skills in assessment, treatment planning, and clinical interventions that will enable you to work effectively with a wide range of clients from diverse social locations.

Program Format

How to Complete the Certificate:

  • Option 1: Receive the Graduate Certificate in Complex Trauma and Child Sexual Abuse Intervention by completing all courses listed above. 

  • Option 2: Receive the Certificate in Complex Trauma by completing the following courses: COUN-5200, COUN-5202, COUN-5212, COUN-5208 and COUN-5220.

Successful completion of all assignments and full attendance is required. Complete certificate courses within 4 years.

Individual Courses:

After completing the first course of the program, Theoretical Foundation in Complex Trauma (COUN-5200), online, you are eligible to register for Child Sexual Abuse Intervention (COUN-5225). With this option, these courses are considered standalone individual courses and do not constitute a certificate.


Required Courses (10 Credits)

Course Name

Course Code


Theoretical Foundation in Complex Trauma (online)COUN-5200312 wks
Complex Trauma: Assessment and InterventionsCOUN-520224
Somatic Work with Complex TraumaCOUN-520824
Complex Trauma: Interventions and Skill BuildingCOUN-521224
Complex Trauma Integrated ProjectCOUN-52201self-directed
Child Sexual Abuse Intervention - Part 1 & 2 COUN-52253.57

Clinical Consultation in Complex Trauma and Sexual Abuse 




Books & Supplies

Course materials are supplied when you attend class, and if purchase of books or other materials are required you will be advised of the details when you register. 

Books & Supplies


  • Non-Refundable Certificate Application Fee:  $75 
  • The total cost to complete the Graduate Certificate in Complex Trauma and Child Sexual Abuse Intervention is $6381.
  • For individual course fees please see course descriptions. Courses after April 1st are subject to a  2% tuition increase. A learner services fee will be applied at $5.50 per credit.

Admission Requirements

A minimum of a Bachelors degree in counselling, clinical social work, psychology or a 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 counselling, working with child, youth and/or adult survivors of trauma will also be considered.

Application Process

Submit your online application formWe recommend you apply as soon as possible, to allow for adequate time to process your application.

You will also need to submit to the Admissions office:

  1. 250 word letter of intent describing your interest in the program and previous related education, training and/or experience;
  2. Resume;
  3. Work letter of reference;
  4. Official university transcript; and
  5.  $75 non-refundable application fee paid on EducationPlannerBC.  Applications will not be reviewed without fee payment.

You may include payment with your completed application form or call the Admissions Office at 604.528.5632 to pay your fee over the phone by credit card.

You can reach the admissions office at or 604.528.5632.

Payment and supporting documents may also be submitted in-person or by mail:

Justice Institute of British Columbia
Admissions Office
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster, BC  V3L 5T4 


Courses in this Graduate Certificate are restricted to students enrolled in the program. Once your application has been approved, please register for courses directly with Student Services at 604.528.5590 or Online registration is currently unavailable for courses in this admissions-based program.

Please note, acceptance into the program does not guarantee your seat in a class.  We suggest registering at least one month before classes begin as seating is limited.

Last updated February 10, 2020