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Sanctuary Model

The Sanctuary Model® represents a theory-based, trauma-informed, evidence-supported, whole culture approach that has a clear and structured methodology for creating or changing an organizational culture.

The objective of such a change is to more effectively provide a cohesive context within which healing from psychological and social traumatic experience can be addressed.

As an organizational culture intervention, it is designed to facilitate the development of structures, processes, and behaviors on the part of staff, clients and the community-as-a-whole that can counteract the biological, affective, cognitive, social, and existential wounds suffered by the victims of traumatic experience and extended exposure to adversity.

In order to provide a safe haven for youth healing from trauma, Adelphoi has adopted the Sanctuary Model of Trauma-Informed Care:

The Seven Sanctuary Commitments

The Seven Sanctuary Commitments represent the guiding principles for implementation of the Sanctuary Model – the basic structural elements of the Sanctuary “operating system” – and each support trauma-related goals for clients and for staff:

  • A Commitment to Nonviolence – helping to build safety skills and a commitment to higher purpose
  • A Commitment to Emotional Intelligence – helping to teach emotional management skills
  • A Commitment to Social Learning – helping to build cognitive skills
  • A Commitment to Open Communication – helping to overcoming barriers to healthy communication, learn conflict management, reduce acting-out, enhance self-protective and self-correcting skills, teach healthy boundaries
  • A Commitment to Democracy – helping to create civic skills of self-control, self-discipline, and administration of healthy authority
  • Commitment to Social Responsibility – helping to rebuild social connection skills, establish healthy attachment relationships, establish sense of fair play and justice
  • Commitment to Growth and Change – helping to work through loss and prepare for the future

Download Sanctuary Model Brochure