Sanctuary Model


Over time more children and youth served by PEP have experienced trauma or live with chronic stress. In order to best serve these children and their families, PEP utilizes The Sanctuary Model to inform our understanding of the effects of trauma and to offer other alternative therapeutic options in helping children to over come them.

The Sanctuary Model, developed by Sandra Bloom, MD, is a trauma-informed method for creating or changing an organizational culture. It is not an intervention but a full system approach to care that helps children touched by trauma reorganize their self-defeating beliefs. In order to create an environment that nurtures growth and wellness, The Sanctuary Model reaches every aspect of an organization and involves all staff members.

The aims of The Sanctuary Model are to guide an organization in the development of a culture that embraces the Seven Commitments of Sanctuary:
  1. Culture of Nonviolence – building and modeling safety skills and a commitment to higher goals
  2. Culture of Emotional Intelligence – teaching and modeling affect management skills
  3. Culture of Inquiry & Social Learning – building and modeling cognitive skills
  4. Culture of Shared Governance – creating and modeling civic skills of self-control, self-discipline, and administration of healthy authority
  5. Culture of Open Communication – overcoming barriers to healthy communication, reduce acting-out, enhance self-protective and self-correcting skills, teach healthy boundaries
  6. Culture of Social Responsibility – rebuilding social connection skills, establish healthy attachment relationships
  7. Culture of Growth and Change – restoring hope, meaning, purpose