Aboriginal Liaison

The program offered in partnership with the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Sponsored seats available for eligible First Nation students.

This is a program that takes place over 12 months and incorporates 7 courses, with in-class sessions every two months for three days a week.


Complex trauma (JI Coun 3200):  1.5 credits

You will learn about the impacts and assessments of Complex Trauma within self, family, communities, and systems (residential schools, governments, agencies, etc.). You will explore the dynamics and interruption of traumatic bonding, Aboriginal treatment models and attitudes for Focusing-Oriented Therapy (FOT), including how to prepare a safe ground for unraveling trauma, vicarious trauma, and intergenerational trauma. A variety of Aboriginal /Indigenous treatment modalities are woven throughout the seven certificate courses via experiential exercises, storytelling, and ceremonial processes.

Focusing-oriented therapy and complex trauma I (JI Coun 3205):  1.5 credits

You will consider neurological research and its implications on trauma treatment from Aboriginal Indigenous perspectives. You will learn about the resilience of our brains and bodies to hold and release trauma and how to approach trauma experienced from a Post Traumatic Growth perspective. The Medicine Wheel /Circle is used to demonstrate ways of working with clients to recognize and unravel trauma and basic Focusing-Orientated Therapy (FOT) therapy techniques are introduced. The importance of building respectful relationships with local Indigenous elders and experience how the ceremony is used as a safety containment process will be demonstrated.

Focusing-oriented therapy and complex trauma II (JI Coun 3210):  1.5 credits

You will learn how to work more deeply with regression, dissociation and ego states; how to ground clients from psychotic breaks and/or out of control emotions; and self-injury from Aboriginal /Indigenous perspectives. The importance of nature and animals in treatment is also introduced. You will continue to practice and deepen your skills in Focusing-Orientated Therapy (FOT). You will deepen your own implicit skills using Aboriginal Indigenous teachings of respectful engagement and balance with all of the relationships in nature. How Indigenous Knowledge as a framework is central to consider when working within Aboriginal contexts will be demonstrated.

Focusing-oriented therapy and complex trauma III (JI Coun 3215):  1.5 credits

You will learn to identify and practice helping clients move through memory, intergenerational, and vicarious flashbacks and abreactions. You will explore how unresolved current and historical traumas play out in relationships and develop implicit body-centered observation skills. You will continue to practice and deepen your skills in Focusing-Oriented Therapy (FOT) and develop implicit body-centered observation skills. Aboriginal/Indigenous creation stories, language, songs, storytelling and the concepts of gifts will be addressed where appropriate.

Depression, grief, and complex trauma (JI Coun 3220):  1.5 credits

You will learn to assess various aspects and complexities of depression and ‘personality disorders’ to determine the best treatment approaches. Suffering, grieving and grief rituals are explored. You will continue to practice and deepen your skills in Focusing-Oriented Therapy (FOT) and start learning how to ‘flush’ complex memory and intergenerational trauma in FOT sessions. Indigenous Knowledge frameworks, ceremony, song, and connection to land, geography, seasons and elements will be explored as implicit resource development.

Clinical spirituality and complex trauma (JI Coun 3225):  1.5 credits

This course introduces you to spiritual healing techniques and boundaries for working with complex, intergenerational and vicarious trauma. Whole Body Focusing-Oriented Therapy (FOT) techniques are also introduced. Aboriginal Indigenous Knowledge cosmology such as ancestral knowledge and connection to ancestors will be explored where appropriate.

Dreams and complex trauma (JI Coun 3230):  1.5 credits

You will develop skills to connect with dreams and nightmares to help unravel complex trauma, inter-generational trauma, and vicarious trauma. This course will also synthesize Focusing-Oriented Therapy (FOT) theory and skills developed throughout the program. Continue to synthesize and demonstrate Aboriginal Indigenous holistic values of respectful, responsible, relationships that are reciprocal and reverent.

CAREERS:  Career possibilities include recovery/treatment homes, emergency shelters, community outreach workers, etc.

CREDENTIALS:  Aboriginal Liaison Worker Certificate from Seabird College, IFOT certificate from the Justice Institute of BC

INSTRUCTOR:  Instructors from the Justice Institute of BC

HOURS/DAYS:  3 full days every two months, from Thursday to Saturday


  • 19 years or older. Grade 12 or equivalent.

  • A 250-word letter of intent

  • Resume

  • Work letter of reference.

  • Criminal Record Check

DURATION:  Over the course of 12 months, with 3 classroom days every two months. The program consists of 7 academic courses.

PROGRAM DATES, START AND FINISH: Program starts at November 28, 2019.  Students must be able to attend each and every class.

LOCATION:  Seabird College, 2812 Chowat Rd – Seabird Island Band, Agassiz BC.

PARTNER:  The Justice Institute of BC.

PROGRAM COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS:  Students must pass every course and all clinical experiences in order to pass the program. The pass mark for courses is 55% average over assignments and exams.

The final program mark is a sum of each course mark, weighted according to the number of instructional weeks per course.



FUNDING:  Sponsored for First Nations students


  • This program may be eligible for employment and training programs. Please check with Work BC or Stó:lō Aboriginal Stó:lō Aboriginal Skills & Employment Training (www.saset.ca).

  • Please set up an appointment to review your funding options with a student advisor. There are many different layers of funding opportunities, geared to each individual.

  • Please check with your local employment office for other potential funding opportunities.

COSTS FOR FEE PAYERS:  If you are a fee payer, the total cost of this program is $6550.00 as follows:


Program Cost




Registration fee






CONTACT:  Registrar

E-mail: colreg@seabirdisland.ca

Telephone: 604-796-6839