The Sanctuary Model® is a blueprint for clinical and organizational change which promotes safety and recovery from adversity through the active creation of a trauma-informed community. It recognizes that adversity is pervasive in the experience of human beings. This premise is the basis for focusing not only on the people who seek services, but equally on the people and systems that provide those services.
Fostering Sanctuary in an organization is not a textbook protocol, but an organic process that happens over time to move an organization towards a trauma-informed culture. A trauma-informed organization is one that recognizes the inherent vulnerability of all human beings to the effects of trauma. It organizes system-wide interventions aimed at mitigating the negative effects of adversity and stress that are manifested in the clients served and the organization itself.
VisionQuest has incorporated the Sanctuary® Model into its practices to address trauma recovery and create and promote a healing environment. Across its programs, the tools are used to reinforce the integration of the model into its Fabric (the company culture) and practices at every point in the organization. For youth, VisionQuest uses psychoeducation to help them understand the things that have happened to them and the way those experiences are affecting their lives. Additionally, the methodology reinforces feeling identification and management, goal setting, and developing relationships.