Trauma-Informed Practice (TIP) Foundations Curriculum for Justice, Public Safety and Anti-Violence Community Sectors in British Columbia
NEW Trauma-Informed Practice (TIP) Foundations Curriculum delivered in a cross-sector format specifically for members of the justice, public safety and anti-violence community sectors (i.e., police, corrections, Crown, lawyers, and victim services and anti-violence community) in British Columbia.
Courses are FREE for personnel in the following sectors in British Columbia: police, corrections, Crown, lawyers, and victim services and anti-violence community.
As a member of the justice, public safety, and anti-violence community (JPSAV) sectors, you interact with victims/survivors and other individuals in what may be among the most difficult and vulnerable moments of their lives. To support you in that work, a foundational, cross-sector online and in-person trauma-informed practice curriculum for JPSAV sectors has been developed.
Trauma-informed practice (TIP) focuses on integrating knowledge about how people are affected by trauma into your procedures, practices and services. It does not require you to be experts in trauma or trauma treatment, but rather, it is a way of working that emphasizes safety, trustworthiness, choice, connection, collaboration, strengths, skill building, and self-care.
The curriculum is intended to provide an introduction to TIP and help you to better support victims/survivors as they move through the justice system as well as increase awareness of the ongoing impacts of this work on your own well-being.
The cross-sector nature of this course will help ensure that a consistent set of information is communicated to a broad range of JPSAV personnel and create a shared knowledge base that will allow for increased coordination and collaboration across the sectors. This shared knowledge base will provide a foundation for working with victims/survivors based on the idea of “do no harm” which ensures that victims/survivors are able to successfully engage with, stay involved with, and benefit from their interactions with the justice system.
The Trauma-Informed Practice (TIP) Foundations Curriculum is intended for those currently working in the justice, public safety, and anti-violence community sectors (police, corrections, Crown, lawyers, and victim services and anti-violence community) who wish to increase their knowledge, confidence, and skills to support victims/survivors of trauma through the justice system.
Courses are FREE for JPSAV sectors identified above.
The cross-sector TIP Foundations Curriculum is comprised of two components:
Trauma-Informed Practice (TIP) Foundations Online Course for Justice, Public Safety and Anti-Violence Community Sectors in British Columbia (online TIP Foundations course) - self-directed, continuous intake course
Trauma-Informed Practice (TIP) Foundations In-Person Course for Justice, Public Safety and Anti-Violence Community Sectors in British Columbia (in-person TIP Foundations Course) - one-day facilitated course
By the end of these courses, you will be able to:
Recognize and understand trauma and its effects on victims/survivors and witnesses and have a clear understanding of how violence and abuse may shape victim/survivor responses;
Assess your own practices and processes with a trauma-informed lens; and
Incorporate trauma-informed learnings to reduce potential re-traumatization experienced by victims/survivors and witnesses participating in the justice system.
The online TIP Foundations course consists of six cross-sector modules and one sector-specific module. The six cross-sector modules will cover the “Four Core Principles of TIP” which forms the basis of a “trauma lens” to help guide trauma-informed practices and procedures, and introduce the “Intersectionality Wheel” as a tool for discussing the root causes of trauma, the diverse responses victims/survivors have to trauma, and what helps them move towards recovery and healing. During the course, participants will also hear from five victims/survivors about their personal experience with trauma and their interactions with the justice system. These real-life examples will help to illustrate and explain TIP principles and demonstrate to JPSAV personnel how to integrate knowledge about trauma into their own work.
Following these six cross-sector modules, learners will complete one sector-specific module that applies the earlier cross-sector learning to the specific context in which the learner works. Learners will also have the option to access the sector-specific modules from sectors other than their own if they so choose.
The in-person TIP Foundations course provides an opportunity to dig deeper into the foundational material from the online learning modules and further develop knowledge, confidence, and skills in working in a “trauma-informed way.” The focus is on integrating and applying knowledge about TIP in practical ways (rather than introducing new knowledge).
TIP Foundations Online:
The course is comprised of 6 cross-sector modules and one sector-specific module:
Module 1: What is Trauma-Informed Practice?
Module 2: Getting Started with Trauma-Informed Practice
Module 3: Trauma and Diversity
Module 4: Trauma and the Brain
Module 5: Preventing and Reducing Re-traumatization
Module 6: Vicarious Trauma
Module 7: Sector-specific
The online TIP Foundations course is designed to be completed at your own pace. Each of the seven modules is comprised of information to read, learning activities such as “Knowledge Check” questions or “Reflection” questions, videos, resources and multimedia interactions. Some suggested closing activities are provided at the end of each module to help consolidate your learning.
It is anticipated that it will take approximately 1-2 hours to complete all of the content and learning activities for each of the seven modules. It is recommended that you complete the course within eight to ten weeks of beginning it (i.e., complete at least one hour per week).
Your progress through the course will be saved so you can leave and return to the course as many times as you need. The course has been optimized to be completed on desktop computers and laptops as well as on mobile devices and tablets. Please note that the following internet browsers are recommended: Firefox, Chrome or Safari.
In-Person TIP Foundations Course:
You may register for the facilitated, cross-sector one-day in-person TIP Foundations course at any time, however completion of the online TIP Foundations course is required prior to attending. Please ensure you provide yourself enough time to complete the online course prior to your selected in-person course.
The in-person TIP Foundations course is one-day (8:30am to 4:30pm) in duration and will be held at multiple locations across the province. Completion of the online TIP Foundations course is required prior to participation in the in-person TIP Foundations course. The course is facilitated by JIBC faculty who are experts in trauma-informed practice and it is delivered in a cross-sector format to allow for increased coordination and collaboration across justice, public safety and anti-violence community sectors.
The focus of the course is to support practice change. TIP does not require you to be experts in trauma, but rather to consider changes to your way of working.
The day is divided into two main sections:
Reinforcement of key TIP concepts
Integration and application of concepts within JPSAV scenarios
The online and in-person TIP Foundations courses are free of charge for members of the JPSAV sectors ( police, corrections, Crown, lawyers, and victim services and anti-violence community).
Note: Learners from the Crown and Lawyers sectors are eligible to claim CPD credits for both the online and in-person TIP Foundations courses. To do so, please search the following course titles in the "Member Portal" of the Law Society website: Trauma-Informed Practice (TIP) Foundations ONLINE e-course for Justice, Public Safety, and Anti-Violence Community Sectors in BC and Trauma-Informed Practice (TIP) Foundations IN PERSON Course for Justice, Public Safety and Anti-Violence Community Sectors in BC. When claiming for the IN PERSON course, be sure to select the entry marked January 1 - December 31, 2020. Where applicable, please ensure supervisory approval is obtained before registering for these courses.
To register for the online TIP Foundations course:
You may register into the online TIP Foundations course at any time. The registration will be facilitated through the Canadian Police Knowledge Network (CPKN). To register click on the following link to complete and submit CPKN's online application form: www.cpkn.ca/en/tip-jpsav.
Note: Completion of the online TIP Foundations course is required prior to attending the in-person TIP Foundations course.
To register for the in-person TIP Foundations course:
In order to facilitate cross-sector representation, each in-person class will have 25 seats with five seats designated for each sector. If your selected date is full for your sector, please check alternative dates. Note: where there are available seats designated to a specific sector three weeks prior to the start date of the course, those seats will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis to any JPSAV member.
To register for the in-person TIP Foundations course:
Select the tab Register Online - Continuing Studies
Click on the link Browse for courses now and enter COUN-1040
Click on the course name (Trauma-Informed Practice-Justice Public Safety Anti-Violence) and search for a preferred date/location with your sector specific code (see below).
Click on the Register button to complete your online registration form.
How to find your Sector Specific codes:
NW - New Westminster Campus
Specific Sector Codes:
C - Corrections
Enhance your learning experience by registering for the in-person course as soon as possible.
For the in-person course, please:
- ensure you have completed the pre-requisite online TIP Foundations course before the date of your scheduled class,
- register early as classes with low enrolment will be cancelled 1-2 weeks before the scheduled date; and
- obtain supervisory approval before registering, if applicable.
Please note: dates and locations will be added as they become available for registration. Where there are available seats designated to a specific sector three weeks prior to the start date of the course, those seats will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis to any JPSAV member.
|Feb 4, 2020|
|Mar 5, 2020|
Kelowna *just added*
|Mar 9, 2020|
Victoria *just added*
|Mar 17, 2020|
|Mar 19, 2020|
JIBC New Westminster Campus
|Mar 24, 2020|
|Mar 25, 2020|
|Mar 27, 2020|
Kamloops *just added*
|Mar 31, 2020|
Abbotsford *just added*
|May 7, 2020|
Terrace *just added*
|May 12, 2020|
Williams Lake *just added*
|Jun 4, 2020|
Cranbrook *just added*
|Jun 9, 2020|
Fort St. John *just added*
* All classes run from 8:30am to 4:30pm, unless otherwise noted.
The impetus for this course came from British Columbia’s fifth Justice Summit, held in November 2015, which focused on a trauma-informed justice system response to victims/survivors of violent crime. The first recommendation of the Summit called for sector participants to design and deliver a common educational curriculum to create a trauma-informed justice and public safety sector. In response, with the support of the Department of Justice Canada, the Government of British Columbia undertook a five-year project to develop and implement a cross-sector trauma-informed practice curriculum for the JPSAV sectors. A cross-sector TIP Project Steering Committee with representation from Crown, Police, Corrections, Private Bar, and Victim Services and Violence Against Women Programs provided direction and oversight for the project.
As part of the TIP project, individuals from the JPSAV sectors in BC participated in the 2017 TIP Symposium for Justice, Public Safety and Anti-Violence Community Sectors as well as research to support TIP curriculum development. The research included an environmental scan, key informant interviews, a systematic literature review, a compilation of key resources on trauma-informed practice in the justice system, and an overview of current trauma-informed initiatives and training in each sector.
The Justice Institute of British Columbia was contracted by the project to work together with the TIP Project Steering Committee and TIP Project Working Group to develop awareness education based on findings from current research literature; lessons learned from implementation of TIP in other jurisdictions; and ideas shared by individuals working in the justice, public safety, and anti-violence community sectors.
For general course information:
Centre for Counselling & Community Safety
For online TIP Foundations course registration information & support:
Canadian Police Knowledge Network (CPKN)
For in-person TIP Foundations course registration information & support:
JIBC Registration Office
Phone: 604.528.5590 or 1.877.528.5591 (toll-free)
Last updated February 10, 2020