The Sanctuary Model is a framework for organisations to build safe communities that help people heal from trauma.
CCS is working hard to ensure that we have a safe and nurturing place for workers and for clients alike. We have been finding ways to share the responsibility for making our organisation a good place to work. Sanctuary has been selected as the preferred model for CCS as it is an internationally recognised organisational change model that incorporates healing for all aspects of the service including the organisation itself, our staff and clients, and the children we see. The primary goal of creating this culture change is to promote safety for all of the people who are part of our community.
As such – all staff have undertaken the three-day training program provided by MacKillop Family Services who are the only accredited Sanctuary Training provider in Australia, under licence to The Andrus Centre, New York.
The Sanctuary Model (Sanctuary) focuses on safety and creating an understanding of how past adversity and trauma can continue to affect someone’s behaviour. It recognises that trauma has an impact not only on the people who have experienced it, but also on the staff who work with them and on organisations as a whole.
Sanctuary enables an organisation to create a safe, non-violent environment that teaches people to cope effectively with stress and trauma, and heal their emotional and behavioural health. It also supports staff and carers to form communities that are supportive and caring, and to maintain a culture that reflects these qualities at every level within the organisation.
Sanctuary is an evidence-based approach that was developed by Dr Sandra Bloom. It is based on her experiences working in an acute care psychiatric unit, where most of her patients had survived traumatic childhood experiences.
The Four Pillars of Sanctuary
The Sanctuary Model rests on four "pillars" that enable organisations to practice congruently:
- Shared Knowledge – Trauma Theory: Scientifically-grounded knowledge about trauma, adversity, and attachment
- Shared Values - Sanctuary Commitments: A set of values that lead individuals and organisations away from trauma-reactive behaviours
- Shared Language – SELF Framework: A trauma- informed way of making decisions, problem-solving and planning
- Shared Practice – Sanctuary Toolkit: A set of practical and simple interventions that reinforce the language and philosophy of the Sanctuary Model