PROVIDING SAFETY, LOVE AND HOPE FOR ABUSED CHILDREN THROUGH A TRAUMA-INFORMED APPROACH
Every child in Hibiscus Children’s Center’s programs is provided with services designed to reach identified treatment goals and objectives through a trauma-informed approach utilizing the Sanctuary Model.
The Sanctuary Model is an innovative, evidence-based model that addresses the health and well-being of abused, neglected, and/or abandoned children in our community and caregivers (staff and volunteers) who provide intensive care to help children recover from the trauma they have endured. The Sanctuary Model is a system wide approach to creating a trauma-informed culture. Trauma informed care has been associated with improvement in children’s well-being and placement stability over time.
The objective of The Sanctuary Model is to create increased capacity to provide trauma-responsive services to staff and clients being served, instill a trauma-responsive culture that serves as a foundation for operations at every layer of the organization that will support organizational transformation for greater impact including strong assessment of trauma leading to more targeted client intervention, and trauma symptom reduction in clients, higher productivity of staff through motivation, engagement and satisfaction, and lower staff turnover.
The 7 Sanctuary Commitments
(Created by Sandra L. Bloom, M.D. and the Sanctuary Institute)
The Seven Sanctuary Commitments represent the guiding principles for implementation of the Sanctuary Model – the basic structural elements of the Sanctuary “operating system” – and each support trauma-related goals for children and staff:
- Commitment to Nonviolence – helping to build safety skills and a commitment to higher purpose.
- Commitment to Emotional Intelligence – helping to teach emotional management skills.
- Commitment to Social Learning – helping to build cognitive skills.
- Commitment to Open Communication – helping to overcoming barriers to healthy communication, learn conflict management, reduce acting-out, enhance self-protective and self-correcting skills, teach healthy boundaries.
- Commitment to Democracy – helping to create civic skills of self-control, self-discipline, and administration of healthy authority.
- Commitment to Social Responsibility – helping to rebuild social connection skills, establish healthy attachment relationships, establish sense of fair play and justice.
- Commitment to Growth and Change – helping to work through loss and prepare for the future.
If you would like to learn more about the Sanctuary Model and how Hibiscus Children’s Center utilizes it to provide the highest quality environment and services for our children and staff, please contact Caroline Vinyard, COO, at (772) 334-9311, ext. 441 or CVinyard@hcc4kids.org.
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