Sanctuary Model

The Sanctuary Model of Trauma-informed Care is a treatment and organizational change model that integrates trauma theory with the creation of therapeutic communities which then provide safety for both those we serve and the staff who work with them. It recognizes that all human beings have experienced trauma in their lives and begins with getting everyone on the same page - sharing, arguing about and finally agreeing on the basic values, beliefs, guiding principles and philosophical principles that guide our decisions, decision-making processes, conflict resolution skills and behavior.  

The philosophical structure of the Sanctuary Model is reflected in seven commitments. These apply to the communities in which we live and work, our staff, and those we serve:

  1. Nonviolence: being safe outside (physically), inside (emotionally), with others (social) and to do the right thing (morally.)
  2. Emotional Intelligence: managing our feelings so that we don't hurt ourselves or others
  3. Social Learning: respecting and sharing the ideas of our teams
  4. Open Communication: saying what we mean and not being mean about what we say
  5. Social Responsibility: together we accomplish more; everyone makes a contribution to the organizational culture
  6. Democracy: shared decision making
  7. Growth and Change: creating hope for our clients and ourselves