THE SANCTUARY MODEL
The Sanctuary© Model was developed by Dr. Sandra Bloom. A well-defined model for organizations like The Children’s Home of Lubbock, Sanctuary© integrates trauma theory with therapeutic community principles and the practice of nonviolence.
The Children’s Home of Lubbock is currently in the process of becoming a certified Sanctuary© provider. The model is being integrated into all of our programs.
Sanctuary© is a full system approach that guides our agency’s staff and the
children we serve by allowing us to share the same values and language. It helps us to recognize and understand the connection of trauma and its effects on the behavior of the children we serve. Sanctuary© is based on the idea that healing from trauma, stress and adversity requires creating an environment that promotes healing.
Everyone at The Children’s Home of Lubbock , from the direct care staff and the clients to our administrators and support staff, have been training in using the Sanctuary© Model and are committed to using it to make our agency and the services we provide the best they can be.
Why do we use Sanctuary?
• Sanctuary organizes how we talk about treatment at The Children’s Home of Lubbock.
• It helps us communicate better since it uses a common language across all programs.
• It helps us keep focused on our goals of growth and change.
• It keeps us focused on the impact of trauma and recurrent stress.
• It helps create a safe environment for clients and staff.
• It is an approach which enforces consistent contact with team members, clients, and families.
• It is a perspective that asks “What happened to you?” rather that “What’s wrong with you?” when organizing goals and assessing strengths and challenges.
The Seven Commitments
1. Nonviolence – safety skills
2. Emotional Intelligence – coping skills
3. Social Learning – thinking skills
4. Shared Governance – self control, self discipline, and healthy authority skills
5. Open Communication – overcoming communication barriers
6. Social Responsibility – rebuilding social connections, establishing healthy relationships
7. Growth and Change – restoring hope, meaning and purpose
S.E.L.F. is the trauma-responsive shared language used in
Sanctuary©. The four components represented by S.E.L.F. are safety, emotion, loss and future. These four components organize the framework for treatment planning, community meetings and the collaborative decision-making process.
Safety – attaining safety in self, relationships, and your environment
Emotion – identifying levels of various emotions and learning to manage them
Loss – feeling grief, dealing with personal loss, recognizing that all change involves loss
Future – trying new ways of relating and behaving to ensure personal safety and to help others.
Safety Plans are a tool, in the trauma-responsive process, that provides us with an easy way to help manage our emotions. Safety Plans include our personal triggers and the ways each of us have developed to manage ourselves when we are feeling stress. We record our safety plans on small cards which we carry with us every day. Both clients and staff use safety plans.
Community Meetings allow our clients and staff to make emotional connections and to share everyday struggles. They are the first phase of trauma-recovery for creating safety in a group. They are a healthy ritual that promotes and serves as a “feelings check-in” to establish a connection.
The meetings also help participants identify needs, goals and others who will help them reach their goals.
Three questions are asked during Community Meetings:
1. How are you feeling today?
2. What is your goal for today?
3. Who can you ask for help?
The meetings may conclude with a thought or quote for the day.