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Violence and Trauma Studies - Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science

Become familiar with different approaches to respond to violence and trauma, and assist with healing with the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science in Violence and Trauma Studies.

This postgraduate certificate caters to community agency workers, social workers, counsellors, group workers, psychotherapists, probation officers, refugee workers, the military, the police, marae and iwi services, prison workers, teachers, occupational therapists, Civil Defence, health workers, health promoters and first responder emergency services.

This violence and trauma studies programme suits professionals working with children, young people, adults, families and whānau experiencing interpersonal violence and trauma, drug and alcohol issues, mental health issues, and disability issues.


This is part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science.

Start date: 2023

You need a total of 60 points to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science. You can select courses that reflect your career needs and interests.

You'll explore Māori and Western approaches to healing from violence and trauma, and develop a robust structural analysis of violence and the wider operations of power in society.

Courses are taught in two block courses, usually run in March and August each year.

Complete the following courses

And two of the following courses:

Practice as a health professional in New Zealand is governed by legislation and a number of ‘Responsible Authorities’ (such as the NZ Psychologist Board, Physiotherapy Board and the Nursing Council who register practitioners). Overseas qualified health professionals who wish to practise in New Zealand should communicate directly with the relevant Responsible Authority. Qualifications recognised for professional registration at AUT are undergraduate; study at postgraduate level is not considered equivalent recognition for NZ Board certification.

Key features
  • Focuses on violence and trauma in homes and communities as well as in nations
  • Open to both experienced professionals and recently graduated undergraduate students
  • Close links to the National Institute for Public Health and Mental Health Research

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

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