Postgraduate Certificate in Responding to Trauma

Bethlehem Tertiary Institute

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Entry requirements

Postgraduate Certificates typically require as an entry pre-requisite, either a Bachelors' Degree or Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a cognate subject, or relevant skills and knowledge acquired through appropriate work or professional experience.

Admission to the programme will be based on the evaluation of documentary evidence (including the academic record) of the individual applicant's ability to undertake postgraduate study in a specialist field of enquiry or professional practice. Existing programme selection criteria will be applied as well as assessment of applicants' technical facility in the use of email, word processing and the internet.

Entry Requirements:
* As an alternative to holding a level 7 (or international equivalent) degree qualification, applicants must have been employed in a specific professional context for at least two years, confirmed by their CV and a letter of support from a manager at their place of
* Applicants must submit two references supporting their suitability for the programmes.
* A short essay application form will evaluate applicants' academic writing level.

* All new students will have the option to attend the BTI postgraduate 'Get Set' three-day intensive programme for new and back-to -study students designed and run by experienced colleagues in the Academic Support team. For those applicants whose
written application is assessed as not meeting our academic writing standards, this course will be mandatory and must be successfully completed before they will be offered a place on the PGCert.

* International students will be required to submit evidence of an appropriate level of English competency as per Rule 18 on the NZQA website - English language requirements for international students.
For IELTS: Academic score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The aim of this qualification is to respond to the expressed need in our communities for more understanding and training in how to support people who have experienced trauma in its many forms. Practitioners in Aotearoa and around the world within the helping professions, and human resources services are facing a massive need to support their staff and clients who are increasingly demonstrating psychological, physical, relational, and behavioral consequences from exposure to repeated and extended adverse and traumatic life circumstances. The target groups for this qualification are professionals whose practice is focused on human well-being or flourishing and who are faced with the ubiquitous problem of human suffering resulting from experiencing trauma of many kinds (e.g., social workers, counsellors, teachers and educators, supervisors and mentors, human resources managers, chaplains, youth workers, pastors, occupational therapists, health care and social services professionals, police officers etc.).

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Behavioural Science at this level can earn:


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Contact details

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Fax: (07) 579 1882

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