Trauma-Informed Practice (TIP)
Foundations Curriculum for Justice, Public Safety and
Anti-Violence Community Sectors in British Columbia
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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 programs) in British Columbia.
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 programs) 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 (facilitated TIP Foundations Course) - one-day, facilitated course available in both an in-person and virtual format
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 facilitated 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).
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.
You may register for the cross-sector one-day facilitated 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 facilitated TIP Foundations course is one-day (8:30 am to 4:00 pm) in duration and is available in both an in-person and new virtual format. 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
In-Person sessions will be held at multiple locations across the province. Completion of the online TIP Foundations course is required prior to participation in the facilitated 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.
Virtual sessions are offered through use of Blackboard Collaborate, a simple, web conferencing tool designed for use in online teaching, instructors will be able to create a virtual classroom to share presentation material and communicate with learners via synchronous audio, video and chat tools. The technology allows for interaction among participants and with instructors in real-time. This means that cross-sector collaboration can continue to be facilitated with members of justice, public safety and anti-violence sectors across the Province regardless of location.
Technical Requirements for Participating in the Virtual Course:
Prior to registering for a Virtual course, please ensure you meet the following technical requirements:
The online and facilitated TIP Foundations courses are free of charge for members of the JPSAV sectors ( police, corrections, Crown, lawyers, and victim services and anti-violence programs).
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 (facilitated) 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.
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 facilitated TIP Foundations course.
In order to support cross-sector representation, each in-person and virtual class will have 20 seats with four 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.
Go to the "SCHEDULE OF IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL TIP FOUNDATIONS COURSES" tab below.
From the list of scheduled offerings, select a date of training with your preferred format (in-person or virtual) and location.
How to identify location and Sector-Specific codes:
NW - New Westminster Campus
C - Corrections
Enhance your learning experience by registering for the in-person course as soon as possible.
For the facilitated course, please:
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Important Update to In-Person Training Sessions:
While JIBC’s COVID-19 Safety protocols meet the current guidelines and recommendations, given the recent PHO updates and the rising numbers in COVID-19 cases across our province, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person classes. As always, the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty is our first priority, and we believe cancelling in-person training sessions is the responsible action for us to take at this time.
2021 Course Schedule Coming Soon.
Prior to registering for a virtual course, ensure you meet the technical requirements listed under "HOW THE CURRICULUM IS OFFERED" tab above.
JIBC has developed a comprehensive COVID-19 Safety Plan and are pleased to be able to provide limited, small-enrolment programming with protocols designed to reduce the likelihood of infection transmission. Starting Fall 2020, in addition to the small-enrolment face-to-face classes, the one-day TIP Foundations in person course is also now available in virtual format!
It is important for everyone to understand that choosing to participate in any face-to-face activity (at school, work, or socially) requires you to consider the risk to your own social circle and to also accept a responsibility to others on our campuses. While attending in person training sessions, we ask that all participants assume responsibility for supporting the health and safety of themselves and others.
JIBC continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 situation to ensure the safety of students, staff and faculty, and follow the recommendations and guidelines set out by our Provincial Health Officer. As such, in-person facilitated TIP Foundations courses may be subject to cancellation at short notice.
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Through the TIP webinar series you will learn more about the various applications of TIP. Hear from subject matter experts in your sector as they share their experiences on how they successfully implemented TIP, and how you can apply it in your work.
All webinars will be recorded and made available to those who have enrolled in, or completed the online TIP Foundations course.
TIP webinars are free of charge to all members of the JPSAV sectors. See below for upcoming and recorded webinars.
The following webinars are now available to all learners who have registered for the online course. To access the recordings, simply log in to CPKN as you would access the online course. Links to the recordings are located on your main “Personal Desktop” page.
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 (Course Code COUN-1040):
JIBC Registration Office
Phone: 604.528.5590 or 1.877.528.5591 (toll-free)
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 funding from the Department of Justice Canada, the Province 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, Victim Services and Violence Against Women Programs, and, in an ex-officio capacity, the Provincial Court provides direction and oversight for the project, and a cross-sector TIP Project Working Group provides additional support.
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 the implementation of TIP in other jurisdictions; and ideas shared by individuals working in the justice, public safety, and anti-violence community sectors.