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Trainings & Workshops

Several times each year, The Sanctuary Institute holds a Five Day Training  here at ANDRUS or onsite at our client organizations. For more information on the upcoming Five Day, contact 914.965.3700 x 1293 or visit


Agencies committed to working with troubled individuals all face enormous stresses.  Working with individuals who have faced adversity presents many challenges, from the exposure to the troubling behavior and experiences of clients to the external pressures of working in human services systems.  ANDRUS has experienced firsthand the complicated financial, regulatory, social and political environments that can adversely impact organizational functioning and make even the most dedicated individuals lose sight of the mission, goals and values that should guide their work.   Over time, stressed organizational systems can become reactive, change resistant, hierarchical, and coercive, and the organization itself may even begin to exhibit PTSD symptoms similar to those of its clients, creating a trauma-organized culture.

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In many agencies, these stress factors can converge to cause a noticeable change the culture of the organization.  The organization’s leadership may spend more time reacting to crises than planning for the future and may constantly feel like they are “playing catch up” instead of making forward progress.  Leadership may begin to feel frustrated towards staff instead of valuing their contributions, and an “us” and “them” mentality can begin to permeate the organization and erode the climate of achievement and growth.  Through the Sanctuary Institute, our faculty teach agency leadership to recognize these warning signs and reverse destructive patterns to put the focus back on healing, support, and client welfare.

The Sanctuary Model® is The Sanctuary® Model is a blueprint for change which, at its core, promotes safety and recovery from adversity through the active creation of a trauma-informed community.  A recognition that trauma is pervasive in the experience of human beings forms the basis for the Sanctuary Model’s focus not only on the people who seek services, but equally on the people and systems who provide those services.

The Sanctuary Model has been effective with children and adults across a range of human service organizations, including residential treatment centers, public and private schools, domestic violence and homeless shelters, community based programs, foster care programs and drug and alcohol treatment centers.

Using the Sanctuary Model has enabled agencies to:

  • Create a truly collaborative treatment environment
  • Work more effectively and therapeutically with your traumatized clients
  • Improve treatment outcomes
  • Reduce restraints and other coercive practices
  • Build high-functioning multidisciplinary teams
  • Improve staff morale
  • Increase employee retention
  • Reclaim the commitment upon which the organization was built

The Sanctuary Institute is committed to helping agencies implement and sustain the Sanctuary Model through training and consultation over an individualized training and consultation plan.  On average, implementation unfolds over the course of three years.

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The process of implementing Sanctuary begins with an On-site Needs Assessment at an agency’s facility.  A Sanctuary Institute representative will conduct interviews with leadership, staff, and clients to obtain baseline information about the organization.  This first step will identify strengths and areas for targeted intervention.

Next, members of an agency’s leadership team will attend a Five Day Training session which includes a mix of didactic and experiential components.  Participants will learn specific implementation steps and concrete tools for bringing the Sanctuary Model back to the site, and break-out times consisting of a series of activities and facilitated discussions will help participants explore the specific challenges and advantages that the agency may have in implementing the model.

At the conclusion of the five day training, each agency will begin the process of implementing Sanctuary with scheduled Technical Support in person and by phone from Sanctuary Institute faculty for approximately three years of implementation.  We will send faculty to the site periodically to make presentations and provide staff training and other consultation.

In addition to consultation, organizations join the Sanctuary Network, a community of shared practice including over 200 agencies from around the world.  The Sanctuary Network allows members to learn from the experiences and innovations of other organizations, share breakthroughs, and build relationships for long term support.

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