Collier Youth Services is in the process of incorporating the Sanctuary Model® into our Group Home and Collier House programs. The Sanctuary Model is a comprehensive approach to developing a trauma-sensitive culture that can address and resolve psychological and social trauma. Implementation of this system requires extensive leadership, staff, and participant involvement at every level of the process.
As a trauma-informed model, the fundamental approach is a shift in thinking from "What is wrong with you?" to "What happened to you?"
Sanctuary works to counter the natural tendency of programs that serve traumatized participants becoming “crisis environments,” which carry a heavy risk of re-traumatizing the participants, by providing a comprehensive plan and process for creating a trauma-sensitive, democratic, nonviolent culture.