What is Sanctuary?

The Sanctuary Model is a blueprint for clinical and organizational change which promotes safety and recovery from adversity through the active creation of a trauma informed community.

The Sanctuary Model is a vehicle for trauma informed care. It uses a set of values to help communities become safe and more able to care for its members. The Sanctuary Model maximizes our strengths and minimizes our weaknesses. It also buffers us from chronic stress and trauma. It creates a community of healing that has some specific attributes:

  • a shared language
  • an organizing structure
  • a focus on impact of stress
  • focus on growth and change
  • consistent contact with client/families

Sanctuary Mission Statement

Sanctuary is a way of empowering ourselves to take care of others by ensuring the safety, support and well being of our employees, children, families and communities while we embrace loss and  inspire hope.

Seven Commitments:

  • Nonviolence – being safe outside (physical), inside (emotionally), with others (social), and to do the right thing (moral).
  • Emotional Intelligence – managing our feelings so that we don’t hurt ourselves or others.
  • Social Learning – respecting and sharing the ideas of our team.
  • Open Communication – saying what we mean and not being mean when we say it.
  • Social Responsibility – we accomplish more together; everyone makes a contribution to the organizational culture.
  • Democracy – shared decision making
  • Growth and Change – creating hope for our clients and ourselves.

The shared language of Sanctuary model is the SELF model. The SELF model recognizes that organizations need a model for structuring change that provides a non-linear nature of change. It provides a framework of focus and intervention with both clients, families and the organization itself. It also provides a simple and accessible language for everyone working for change.

Safety – physical, psychological, social and moral
Emotion Management – recognizing and handling feelings in non-harmful ways
Loss – acknowledging and grieving past losses or traumas and committing to work against getting stuck in the past while recognizing that all change involves loss.
Future – re-establishing the capacity for choice and engaging in new behaviors rather than repeating old patterns.

Sanctuary Toolkit

  • Community Meeting
  • Psychoeducational Group
  • Red Flag Meetings
  • Safety Plans
  • Self Care Plans
  • Team Meetings
  • Treatment Planning Conference
  • Proqol Scale

Community Meeting:

  1. How are you “feeling” today?
  2. What is your goal for today?
  3. If you encounter any problems or need assistance, who can help you?

Newsletter – PILLAR TALK!

Welcome to Pillar Talk! A Sanctuary publication of The Methodist Home. Each week, as we journey towards Sanctuary Certification, Pillar Talk! will bring us news, updates, and tidbits of information we all need to know for certification. Our goal is to increase knowledge of the Sanctuary Model and to keep our focus on creating a Trauma-Informed living and working community for our kids and families and the staff who serve them.

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