Sanctuary model

The Sanctuary Model is a workplace culture-change program that teaches people how to cope more effectively with adversity and stress, and aims to prevent trauma symptoms.

About the program

The Sanctuary Model is a workplace culture-change program that teaches people how to cope more effectively with adversity and stress, and aims to prevent trauma symptoms. The Sanctuary model introduces a number of workplace practices to create positive culture change.

Program Outcomes

  • It encourages us to rethink the way we manage conflict and crisis intervention.
  • It supports staff to form healthy communities and create a culture that prioritises safety and wellbeing at every level within an organisation.
  • It creates an understanding of how past adversity can continue to have an impact throughout life.
  • It creates organisation-wide understanding that trauma has an impact not only on the people who have experienced it, but also on the staff who work with them and on the organisation as a whole.

How does Sanctuary work?

The power of the Sanctuary model is in the process. This overview shows the step-by-step process that highlights how the model delivers results.

Measuring results

The impacts of adopting the Sanctuary model are observable and measurable. Results can include improved communication and morale among staff, fewer incidents of client to staff violence and reduced turnover. When fully embedded, an organisations' clients will benefit from fewer trauma symptoms, enhanced social skills, improved judgment and decision-making and healthier relationships.

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"In my 16 years in this organisation I've never seen staff at all levels nod and agree that one approach is the closest model of practice to where we wanted to be."

Sanctuary training participant, Department for Child Protection South Australia

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Sanctuary's four key domains

"An enjoyable, practical and informative workshop. Useful for the team to grow together in creating a healthy culture. It makes me want to do all the training. I also see a lot utility for clients, modelling safety plans and helping them become curious about creating their own."

Sanctuary training participant, Kinetic Medicine NSW

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Our faculty

Cameron Burgess

National Program Director, Sanctuary

Richard Bullock

Sanctuary Practice Lead

Tammy Wallace

Sanctuary Faculty Consultant

Kate Martin

Sanctuary Faculty Consultant

Kellie Goes

Sanctuary Faculty Consultant

Matthew Spicer

Sanctuary Faculty Consultant

Tenille Abell

Sanctuary Faculty Consultant

Annaley Clarke

Sanctuary Faculty Consultant

Molly Madigan

Sanctuary Practice Specialist & Faculty Consultant