Certification as a Sanctuary Program received April 12, 2016.

The Four Pillars of Sanctuary ®:

Trauma Theory: In order to provide Trauma Informed care, all B&GH staff are knowledgeable about trauma and its effects of our clients, our staff, and our organization.  Direct care staff members are trained and competent in intervention strategies, as well as informed of the traumatic history of the clients in their care.

The S.E.L.F Framework:  Communication is improved when everyone speaks the same “language”.  The Sanctuary Model ® uses this shared language that is easily understood and usable by clients, staff, and consumers.  S.E.L.F. stands for Safety, Emotions, Loss, and Future.  There are four  types of safety that must be addressed in order to feel truly safe: physical, psychological, social, and moral. Because we all have emotions, we must do the work necessary to manage those emotions.  It is important to understand that all change, positive or negative, involves loss. Our ultimate goal is to provide a different future for our clients, to provide hope that the future can be different than their past and present experiences.  In order for that to happen we provide care and manage the organization with the future in mind.


The Seven Sanctuary ® Commitments:

Nonviolence – We believe that in order to feel safe in any environment, that environment needs to be free from violence in all forms – words, actions, and decisions.

Emotional Intelligence – We are all learning how to trade in words for actions by being able to express how we feel.  Our understanding of our own emotions and those of others comes when we feel safe enough to communicate with each other.  

Open Communication – Practicing communication that is both nonviolent and emotionally intelligent is essential to B&GH.  We have learned how to be able to “say what we mean, without being mean when we say it.”

Social Learning – When we effectively communicate with each other, we begin learning from each other, learning from our mistakes, and start balancing our weakness by learning through the strengths of others.

Democracy – Everyone has a voice and everyone has power. We learn from communicating openly with each other how to use our voice and power wisely in decision making.

Social Responsibility - We are responsible to and for each other, to hold each other and our organization accountable to our beliefs and core values. This is only achievable with the realization that we will do better work as a team than as individuals.

Growth and Change - Ultimately, we know we will not do everything right. So we give each other the opportunity to learn from our mistakes and experience improvement through the process.




The Sanctuary ® Toolkit

The Sanctuary Model ®  provides our organization with tools to assist in thorough implementation agency wide. While team meetings and treatment planning conferences have been a part of our toolkit for a while, several tools are essential to our successful practice of Sanctuary.

Community Meetings - These meetings set the tone and help create the therapeutic atmosphere our community needs in order for healing to occur. These meetings help us to be aware of each other's feelings, set goals, and connect with each other in order to accomplish those goals. These community meetings are practiced daily with our clients, at the beginning of every team meeting, and weekly across campus to allow participation agency wide.

Red Flag Reviews -  The Red Flag Review Process is focused on problem solving and draws upon the knowledge and expertise of the entire team involved. Children and families are an important part of that team. They offer a perspective that service providers are unable to. The Red Flag meetings assist with emotion/behavior management and well-being by providing an opportunity for open communication and democracy among the team. They can also be used to address staff and organizational issues. The meeting should typically last less than an hour, with 2/3 of the time being spent on finding strengths-based solutions and developing an action plan. Red Flag Review request forms should be submitted to the Sanctuary Site Coordinator. An answer will be given to requests within 72 business hours.

If you are looking to initiate a Red Flag Review Process, please complete the appropriate form below and submit via email to john.cobb@bghnc.org.

To learn more about The Sanctuary Model ® visit the website at www.sanctuaryweb.com.

To learn more about The Sanctuary Institute visit www.thesanctuaryinstitute.org/.