Social Emotional Well-being and Wholistic Trauma-sensitive Practices (Burnaby) - Spring 2021


This Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE) program has been developed in partnership with School District #41, Burnaby, for educators interested in deepening their understanding of the contemplative and embodied basis to effective social-emotional and trauma-sensitive pedagogical practices in the classroom.


  • Teacher inquiry and reflective practice
  • Approaches to support the wholistic development of children, including Indigenous approaches to teaching and learning (First Peoples Principles of Learning)
  • Contemplative practices and embodied inquiry
  • Theories and practice of care of the self, care of the other, self-regulation and social-emotional well-being
  • Collaborative and caring learning communities
  • Personal and social responsibility
  • Trauma-sensitive and wholistic practices

This two-year, 30-unit program of study is for educators whose primary focus is school-based educational practice. It provides the opportunity to engage in focused, sustained reflective inquiry. Completion of the diploma allows educators to move from TQS category 4 to 5 or from category 5 to 5+.

  • Location: SD #41, Burnaby 
  • Suited for: K-12 Educators
  • Start Term: Spring 2021 (Jan)
  • End Term: Fall 2022 (Dec)
  • 2020/21 Tuition**: $320.28/unit
    (Students register for 5 units per term)
    **Subject to estimated 2% fee increase each September.
  • Due to current Health and Safety protocols, the Spring 2021 term will be conducted online, through both synchronous and asynchronous methods. Courses will embody the program's core foundations of relationship building, inquiry and collaborative learning.



Additional information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page as well as in the Student Calendar.