Social-Emotional Well-Being: Resiliency and Flourishing through Trauma-Sensitive Practices

Method of delivery:
Applications open:
December 1, 2022
Applications close:
July 17, 2023
Next start date:
Fall 2023

This Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE) program has been developed in partnership with British Columbia School Districts.

Program Overview

Designed For

This Graduate Diploma in Education (GDE) is for educators interested in deepening their understanding of the contemplative, reflexive, and reflective basis to social-emotional well-being, resiliency, flourishing and trauma-sensitive pedagogy.

This Graduate Diploma in Education cohort provides educators within the Lower of Mainland of British Columbia a Blended Learning experience and for educators outside of Lower of Mainland of British Columbia a Hybrid Learning experience.

Program Format

  • Two-year, 30 unit program
    • Cohort model, typically 20-30 students with smaller mentor groups
  • Online learning, Tuesday 4:30-8:30
  • Includes a one-week in-person Summer Institute B.C. August (August 12-16, 2024 & August 11-15, 2025)
  • No classes in July, during the winter break or ministry-designated spring break

Program Design

Themes of Study

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


Program capacities provide a reflective focus for documenting and self-assessing learning. At frequent intervals throughout the program, participants and their mentors refer to the capacities to assess progress, to set new goals and to create direction for further learning in field studies. At the end of the program, each participant’s comprehensive portfolio includes a synthesis of learning and self-assessment of growth in these capacities, supported by evidence of learning. This program provides opportunities to develop these capacities:

  • Demonstrate dispositions of pedagogical sensitivity within practices of caring for the self and for others. 
  • Cultivate reflective capacities that support holistic social-emotional development and self-regulatory practices. 
  • Explore traditions of contemplative, reflexive, and reflective inquiry to foster mindful engagement with children and youth. 
  • Expand theoretical understandings of pedagogical relationality and attunement to children and youth. 
  • Create professional learning communities that are attentive to practices of self-and-other integration and care of the self. 
  • Develop orientations of inquiry and critical reflection to understand and develop effective teaching practices.

Schedule & Courses

Classes run in the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms of the academic year during the 2-year program.

Year 1

Fall 2023 (September-December)

  • Foundations of Teacher Inquiry
  • Frameworks for Teaching and Learning

Spring 2024 (January-April)

  • Trauma-Informed Healing Practice and Social-Emotional Wellness

Summer 2024 (April-June; August)

  • Somatics of Self-Integration and Social-Emotional Wellness

*You also attend a one-week in-person Summer Institute each year (August 12-16, 2024 & August 11-15, 2025). No classes are scheduled in July.

Year 2

Fall 2024 (September-December)

  • Holistic Approaches to Teaching and Learning

Spring 2025 (January-April)

  • Exploring Planning for Wholistic Learning and Assessment

Summer 2025 (April-June; August)

  • Reflections on Teaching and Learning
  • Relationships for Learning

*You also attend a one-week in-person Summer Institute each year (August 12-16, 2024 & August 11-15, 2025). No classes are scheduled in July.

Program Collaborators

Faculty Members

Future Pathways

Where can this program take you? The world is changing rapidly and so is the full range of career and academic opportunities that await. 

TQS Upgrades

Completion of the diploma allows educators to move from TQS category 4 to 5 or from category 5 to 5+.

Further Studies

Use the credits you've earned completing your GDE program towards earning a Master of Education in Educational Practice (MEd EP). Learn more about the one-year MEd EP program.

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