The Sanctuary model 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. Sanctuary creates an understanding of how past adversity can continue to have an impact throughout life. It recognises 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 organisations as a whole.
The impacts of adopting The Sanctuary model are observable and measurable. Results include improved communication and morale among staff, fewer incidents of client to staff violence and reduced turnover. An organisations’ clients will benefit from fewer trauma symptoms, enhanced social skills, improved judgment and decision-making, healthier relationships, and an increased ability to maintain their safety, and that of others.
How does Sanctuary Work? illustrates a step-by-step process that highlights how the model delivers results - the power of The Sanctuary model is in the process.
Sanctuary 3-day training
Establishing a knowledge base that supports you to implement trauma-informed practice
Combatting vicarious trauma in the workplace
Work can be rewarding but it can also contain risk. Vicarious trauma is a common experience and normal when dealing with difficult material.
"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
Sanctuary is agile, adaptable and recognises that organisations have their own culture, values, processes and policies.
What sets us apart
The Sanctuary model is a unique approach that focuses on a systemic change.
It’s time to rethink residential aged care
In partnership, the University of Melbourne and The MacKillop Institute are calling for a whole of sector rethink about the delivery of residential aged care in Australia. We should conceptualise residential settings as ‘intentional communities’ that provide a home ‘sanctuary’ for residents.
Sanctuary’s seven commitments
A video series exploring Sanctuary’s commitments to nonviolence, emotional intelligence, democracy, social learning, growth and change, social responsibility and open communication.
Trauma theory and the Sanctuary toolkit
The Sanctuary model is built on trauma theory. When understood well, we are better able to identify what we can do about the impact of trauma in order to create healthier environments.
Origins of the Sanctuary model
The Sanctuary model emerged in the 1980s from the work of psychiatrist Dr. Sandra Bloom, social worker Joe Foderaro and nurse practitioner Ruth Ann Ryan.
The Australian experience
Bringing the Sanctuary model to Australia and adapting it for the Australian context is a journey that began in 2008.
MacKillop Family Services acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Elders in each of the communities where we work.