Trauma-Informed Care – Sanctuary

Trauma-informed care asks the individual, “What has happened to you?” NOT “What is wrong with you?”

The Sanctuary approach is a treatment and organizational model that integrates trauma informed care and the creation of a therapeutic community. The model provides a safe community for both residents and staff. Sanctuary fosters a shared language, keeps the focus on the impact of reoccurring stress, provides opportunities for growth and change, organizes how we talk about treatment, and is consistent in its approach with residents, family, and staff.

The Trauma-Informed Care Model follows 7 commitments:

We implement Sanctuary through three important beliefs:

  1. Trauma and individuals — our brains are wired to survive. People who have been traumatized behave in ways that may not make sense to others around them.
  2. Trauma, the environment and how it runs is called a parallel process. The organization is equally as vulnerable to trauma as the youth and families/ guardians/ mentors.
  3. Healing communities — A healthy environment and community helps people get better.

Sanctuary embraces the idea that all behavior has meaning. The S.E.L.F. model views all behavior through the lenses of safety, emotions, loss, and future. It is through this perspective that we learn and understand the factors that drive behavior and how to support the development of self-awareness as a precursor for change.

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