The Sanctuary Model: Creating and Sustaining Trauma-Responsive Organizational Cultures

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Overview / Abstract:

What is the Sanctuary Model? The Sanctuary Model® represents a theory-based, trauma-informed, trauma-responsive, evidence-supported, whole culture approach that has a clear and structured methodology for creating or changing an organizational culture. The Sanctuary Model is the “toolbox” that holds together all of the evidence-based and practice-based approaches that help individuals, families, organizations, and communities to heal and recover. It acknowledges the current reality that most of our organizational settings and communities are chronically stressed, with all of the dysfunctional behaviors that are likely to unfold in a chronically stressed environment and that there are no quick fixes for the systemic deterioration that results.

It is a "model" because it is not a THING in and of itself - it is a set of interactive tools to change people's minds and the way we go about working together, thinking together, acting together, and living together. Whether or not Sanctuary "works" is entirely dependent on the ways in which groups of people implement and sustain trauma-informed knowledge, trauma-responsive policies, and within appropriate settings, are able to implement trauma-specific treatment.

Much of what constitutes the Sanctuary Model is not new, but has been developed and honed over the course of the last three decades and is grounded in several hundred years of accumulated wisdom. But just as the study of traumatic experience repeatedly becomes forgotten, so too does the knowledge about working in and with groups, despite the fact that collective, relational, integrated action is the only way human beings have been able to achieve anything over time.

The objective of organizational change is to more effectively provide a cohesive, innovative and creative context within which healing from psychological and social traumatic experience and adversity can be addressed - for all of us. 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, emotional, cognitive, social, and moral wounds suffered by the victims of traumatic experience and extended exposure to adversity.

Learning Objectives
•Describe what organizational culture is and why it matters to human service delivery systems.
•Identify signs of chronic organizational stress.
•Name and describe the four key pillars of the Sanctuary Model.


Dec 31, 2021


Counselor CE, Psychology CE, Social Work CE


Live / Seminar, Online, Seminar, Webinar / Webcast / Video


ISTSS Member - with CE $35, without CE $20 / Nonmember - with CE $55, without CE $40

Credits / Hours



CE Learning Systems, service provider of the Kellen Company, is approved to offer CE courses by many national organizations.

APA - ISTSS's Continuing Education Co-sponsor, CE Learning Systems, is approved by American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ASWB*- CE Learning Systems, (Provider #1020), is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of State Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education ACE program. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 02/23/2013 – 02/23/2016. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.5 continuing education clock hours.

NAADAC - ISTSS's Continuing Education Co-sponsor, CE Learning Systems, is approved by the National Association of Addiction and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC Provider # 410) to provide continuing education courses. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

AAHCPAD - ISTSS's Continuing Education Co-sponsor, CE Learning Systems dba, has been approved to offer Continuing Education credit for Certified Addiction Specialists (CAS) in accordance with the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders. Approval No. 13-1460.

NASP - CE Learning Systems is NOT an approved provider for the National Association of School Psychologists. However, NASP does accept up to 30 credit hours from "sequenced programs," that don't need NASP approval.

Sequenced Programs are self studies developed and published to provide training in specific knowledge or skill areas. A test is typically given at the end of the course and usually a certificate of completion is issued. This can include courses taken on the Internet.
One topic = 15 CPD credits (unless otherwise specified and documented in self-study publication)

30 CPD credits may be earned with, since our courses are considered sequenced programs. You should be able to answer "yes" to the following four questions about your selected course:

Did the activity enhance or upgrade my professional skills or add to my knowledge base?
Was the activity relevant to the professional practice of school psychology?
Did the activity fit into my personal plan for continuing professional development?
Did the activity go beyond the ordinary aspects of my employment?

Association of Social Work Boards * (ASWB), Provider # 1020, American Psychological Association (APA), National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), Provider # 5951, National Association for Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselors (NAADAC) Provider #410.

  • New Jersey Social Workers are responsible for submitting their own credits.

Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Sandra Bloom, MD

Keywords / Search Terms

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LIVE Activity Location Details

12-14-2016 - 01-14-2017


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