The Center's training goals include:

  • providing professional development in trauma and trauma-informed care for health care providers, social workers, community health workers, childcare providers, police officers, and other professionals;
  • engaging agency and institutional leaders in a trauma-informed leadership development process;
  • developing trauma-informed curricula for students in multidisciplinary fields;
  • developing Web-based trauma-informed training.

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Sanctuary Model ©

“Sanctuary” is a concept and a philosophy that frames the work of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice and is central to our training goals. The term is derived from the Sanctuary Model that was developed by Dr. Sandra Bloom and first implemented in clinical mental health settings (see As an extension of this model, we often refer to “Sanctuary” to describe the trauma-informed approach we wish to promote—one with the aim of creating safe environments that promote healing, inclusion, respect for differences, and positive social change.

Dr. Bloom’s model represents a trauma-informed method for creating or changing a culture to more effectively provide a context within which healing from psychological and social traumatic experience can be addressed.

Some of the Aims of the Sanctuary Model include:

  • Increase perceived sense of community/cohesiveness through the active creation of a nonviolent environment
  • Increasing democratic decision-making and shared responsibility in problem-solving and conflict resolution
  • Providing an opportunity for all clients and staff to experience a truly safe and connected community
  • Providing an opportunity for troubled clients to have corrective emotional, relational, and environmental experiences
  • Reducing episodes of interpersonal violence including verbal, physical and sexual forms of harassment, bullying, and violence on part of staff and clients
  • Promoting recovery, healing, growth

The Sanctuary Model is presently being applied to a number of settings including: adult inpatient and outpatient mental health settings; residential and acute care settings for children and adolescents; substance abuse programs for adults and for children; schools, shelters for those who are homeless and for victims of domestic violence; and community-based as well as school-based social service organizations.