Certificate Programs

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Unlock Your Potential with CREVAWC's Certificate Program in Gender-Based Violence Practice Skills 

For the first time at a Canadian University, CREVAWC is proud to offer an innovative Certificate Program in Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Practice Skills. Designed for professionals seeking to enhance their capability in addressing GBV, these courses provide a comprehensive and practical learning experience. 


About the Program 

Our capability-based courses are meticulously crafted to equip you with the skills necessary to effectively address gender-based violence. Delivered in small, live-facilitated groups, the focus is on hands-on, skills-based learning. Each course is rooted in the Flourishing Practice model, a framework developed in collaboration with GBV service providers across Canada. This model articulates the essential knowledge, mindset, and skills needed to: 

  • Support and collaborate with survivors. 
  • Recognize and respond to the experiences of infants, children, and youth affected by violence. 
  • Intervene to end abusive behaviors. 

Whether you choose to take a single course or pursue the full certificate, our program offers flexibility to meet your professional development needs. 


What Makes Our Courses Unique? 

  • Interactive Learning: Our courses are live and encourage active participation. Engage in practice exercises designed to refine and expand your skill set. 
  • Role Play Simulations: Gain practical experience through simulations with professional actors, helping you to apply your learning in realistic scenarios. 
  • Innovative Methods: Incorporate video gaming and case studies to enhance your understanding and application of course material. 


Program Outcomes 

By participating in our Certificate Program in Gender-Based Violence Practice Skills, you will: 

  1. Develop Expertise: Gain specialized knowledge and skills to support and collaborate effectively with survivors of GBV. 
  2. Improve Services: Learn how to recognize and respond to the unique needs of infants, children, and youth who have experienced violence. 
  3. Promote Safety: Enhance your ability to intervene and help end abusive behaviors, contributing to the safety and well-being of adult and child survivors. 
  4. Engage in Change: Join a community of professionals dedicated to improving services and working towards the end of gender-based violence. 




Join Us 

This is an exciting opportunity to advance your professional skills and make a meaningful impact. Enroll now and be part of a transformative program committed to ending gender-based violence and improving the safety and support for survivors. Start your journey with us today and become a leader in the fight against gender-based violence.  


General GBV Practice Skills Certificate


  1.  IPV Foundations 
  2.  Introduction to GBV Risk 

ELECTIVE COURSE LIST (need 3 plus two mandatory to receive certification): 

  • Engaging Men in Conversations about Family Violence and Risk 
  • Working with Fathers who cause Harm to their Families 
  • Understanding and Responding to Young People with Childhood Experiences of IPV 
  • Supporting and Advocating for Survivors who are navigating the Criminal Justice System 
  • Strengthening Community Coordination in Ontario to Prevent Homicide 
  • Navigating Laws and Ethics in GBV 
  • Maintain Empathy through Reflective Practice and Self Care 
  • Advanced Risk Assessment 

Courses Developed and Led by GBV Experts

Our program offers courses led by experts in the field of Gender-Based Violence (GBV), utilizing a specialized framework developed through extensive collaboration. This framework, called Recognizing Critical Expertise: A Knowledge and Skills Framework for Intimate Partner Violence Specialists [link], was created through hundreds of meetings with service providers, service users, and survivors across Canada. 

Our Report

The framework is structured around The Flourishing Practice Model, which uses a visual representation of a flower to illustrate key areas of knowledge, skills, and expertise in Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) work. 

Who is this Training for?

Our program is designed for those looking to improve their skills in recognizing and responding to Gender-Based Violence (GBV). This training is ideal for professionals such as: 

  • Shelter staff 
  • Child welfare workers 
  • Mental health practitioners 
  • Probation/parole officers 
  • PAR facilitators 
  • Private practice therapists 
  • Family lawyers 

We are also developing specialized certificate programs, starting with a series of courses for child protection workers and another for PAR group facilitators. 

Got an Idea for a New Course?

We're always looking to expand and improve our course offerings to meet the needs of professionals in the GBV field. If you have an idea for a course or specific skills you'd like to develop, we want to hear from you. Let us know how we can help you grow and enhance your expertise by filling out our survey: https://uwo.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6Yec2UHx4OBrwW2