New online micro-credentials starting in July give up-to-date professional development on trauma-informed pedagogy and practice

June 28, 2022
Applications open for Micro-credentials in Responding to Trauma

The impact of generational, family and individual trauma is becoming more of a challenge within schools as well as organisations that work in health and social care across Aotearoa New Zealand. The effects of family violence, addictions, parental separation, incarceration of whānau members, bereavement, illness, and loss are cumulative in their impact.

Bethlehem Tertiary Institute/Te Whare Taurima o Peterehema (BTI) is now launching three accessible 5-week postgraduate micro-credentials to support research-informed responses to trauma. Fully approved and recognised by NZQA, this unique modular approach to professional development is designed for social workers, counsellors, teachers and other busy professionals. The micro-credentials are designed to build on each other, so you can commit to just one or all three on offer in 2022.

BTI’s Head of Postgraduate Studies, Dr Nikki Kiyimba began this programme in response to the huge need for professional development in trauma-informed practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. “My experience as a Clinical Psychologist working in the UK and with trauma responders overseas has taught me a lot about working with people who have experienced all kinds of trauma in their lives. We live in challenging times, and as a Christian educator I hope I can share with others some of the things that I have learnt.”

In collaboration with Māori cultural advisers and colleagues at BTI, the programme, designed to commence following the Matariki celebrations, have been carefully developed to honour and include indigenous Māori knowledges. Based on the framework of Te Whare Tapa Whā, the micro-credentials take a holistic approach to learning.

Starting in July and wholly online, the first 5-week micro-credential will cover the theory and practice of how to operate from a trauma-responsive lens within your organisation. The second micro-credential, starting in September, will help you identify and respond to burnout and build pathways to human flourishing. The third micro-credential, starting in October, focusses on evidence-based practice for responding to crises.

These new micro-credentials are part of a larger Postgraduate Certificate in Responding to Trauma (with pathway to diploma and master’s), subject to approval by NZQA.

The first micro-credential starts in July, with fees of around $325 per course (NB fees may be subject to change). Apply now to begin one or all three of these new micro-credentials via our website.

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