Sanctuary Model

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Scientific Rating:
Promising Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Sanctuary Model has been rated by the CEBC in the areas of: Higher Levels of Placement and Trauma Treatment - System-Level Programs (Child & Adolescent).

Target Population: This program is not a client-specific intervention, but a full-system approach that targets the entire organization with the intention of improving client care and outcomes. The focus is to create a trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive environment in which specific trauma-focused interventions can be effectively implemented.

For children/adolescents ages: 12 – 20

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 12 – 20

Brief Description

The Sanctuary ModelĀ® is a blueprint for clinical and organizational change which, at its core, promotes safety and recovery from adversity through the active creation of a trauma-informed community. A recognition that trauma is pervasive in the experience of human beings forms the basis for the Sanctuary Model's focus not only on the people who seek services, but equally on the people and systems who provide those services. Sanctuary has been used in organizations that provide residential treatment for youth, juvenile justice programs, homeless and domestic violence shelters as well as a range of community-based, school-based and mental health programs.

Program Goals:

The goals of the Sanctuary ModelĀ® are:

  • Create a collaborative treatment environment
  • Work more effectively and therapeutically with traumatized clients
  • Improve treatment outcomes as determined by individual agency service goals
  • Reduce restraints and other coercive practices
  • Build high-functioning multidisciplinary teams
  • Improve staff morale
  • Increase measurable levels of hope, safety, trust, emotional intelligence and problem solving skills in both staff and clients
  • Increase employee retention
  • Support the mission and services of the organization by adding a trauma lens

Contact Information

Name: Cate Manley
Title: Director of Operations
Agency/Affiliation: Andrus Children's Center, Sanctuary Institute
Phone: (914) 965-3700 x1120
Fax: (914) 595-0461

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: December 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: October 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2006