The Sanctuary Model was created by Dr. Sandra Bloom to implement a healing process for those of us affected by trauma. We have adopted the model as our social contract; taking the initiative to increase social change while decreasing at-risk behavior.
Its terms and conditions are outlined by the following:
Open Communication: speaking openly and honestly by meaning what is said and saying what is meant.
Social Responsibility: being aware of a behavior’s direct and indirect effects.
Social Learning: allowing one’s behavior to teach each other our preferences and boundaries.
Non-Violence: being safe by not intentionally causing irreparable harm to oneself or another.
Growth and Change: putting forth the best effort to cope with loss and looking for the beauty in life’s changes.
Emotional Intelligence: allowing the heart to communicate its feelings and using that information to express emotions safely.
Shared Governance: acknowledging the importance of including those affected by the decision making process.
Physical- the ability to feel safe from all forms of violence and abuse: weapons, substance, physical, mental, and sexual.
Social- the ability to feel safe with others, and refraining from all types of abusive relationships.
Psychological- the ability to feel mentally safe, in a conscious effort to protect oneself, from destructive impulses triggered within and/or triggered by others.
Moral- the ability to stand firm in one’s beliefs while respecting and tolerating the beliefs of others; regardless of the situation or circumstance.
Emotional Management: Challenging oneself to stay grounded in emotions to help identify feelings. This makes it possible to respond from the heart and helps prevent unsafe reactions when modifying at-risk behavior.
Loss: Letting go and moving on effectively to safely cope with life’s changes.
Future: Choosing to honor the stated terms above builds resilience, instills responsibility, and reinforces unconditional Love. This the key to the future; as it opens the door to profound self-awareness, respect for others, and adds priceless value to our communities.
To learn more about the Sanctuary Model and its connection to trauma theory visit www.sanctuaryweb.com.