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ERIC Number: EJ869928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
The Sanctuary Model of Trauma-Informed Organizational Change
Bloom, Sandra L.; Sreedhar, Sarah Yanosy
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v17 n3 p48-53 Fall 2008
This article features the Sanctuary Model[R], a trauma-informed method for creating or changing an organizational culture. Although the model is based on trauma theory, its tenets have application in working with children and adults across a wide diagnostic spectrum. Originally developed in a short-term, acute inpatient psychiatric setting for adults who were traumatized as children, the Sanctuary Model is an evidence-supported template for system change based on the active creation and maintenance of a nonviolent, democratic therapeutic community in which staff and clients are empowered as key decision-makers to build a socially responsive, emotionally intelligent community that fosters growth and change. The therapeutic community addresses the needs of traumatized youth through a psychoeducational model called S.E.L.F. which deals with the challenges of Safety, Emotional management, Loss, and Future. The Sanctuary Model has been effective with children and adults across a range of human service organizations, including residential treatment centers, public and private schools, domestic violence shelters, and drug and alcohol treatment centers. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A