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.
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Candidates for this program may be eligible for
JIBC awards and bursaries.
We are in the process of a program refresh for the Graduate Certificate in Complex Trauma and Child Sexual Abuse Intervention. The total number of days and credits within the program will remain the same, however, to keep pace with the latest research and practice in complex trauma we have developed 3 new courses.
The following courses will no longer be offered in the program as of January 2020:
COUN-5205 Assessment and Treatment Planning in Complex Trauma, 5 days, 2.5 credits
COUN-5210 Intervention and Skill Building in Complex Trauma, 5 days, 2.5 credits
COUN-5215 Somatics in Complex Trauma, 2 days, 1 credit
The new courses will come into effect in January 2020:
COUN-5202 Complex Trauma: Assessment and Interventions, 4 days, 2 credits, Jan 27-30, 2020
COUN-5208 Somatic Work with Complex Trauma, 4 days, 2 credits, Mar 30-Apr 2, 2020
COUN-5212 Complex Trauma: Interventions and Skill Building, 4 days, 2 credits, June 1-4, 2020
If you are currently enrolled in the certificate program all previously completed courses will be applied towards the program certificate.
If you have questions please contact the Program Manager, Susan Forest, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
After completing the first course of the program, Theoretical Foundation in Complex Trauma (COUN-5200), online, you are eligible to register for Somatic Work with Complex Trauma (COUN-5208) and/or 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)
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.
- 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.
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.
Submit your online application form. We 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:
- 250 word letter of intent describing your interest in the program and previous related education, training and/or experience;
- Work letter of reference;
- Official university transcript; and
- $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 email@example.com or 604.528.5632.
Payment and supporting documents may also be submitted in-person or by mail:
Justice Institute of British Columbia
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 December 4, 2019