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Implementing Sanctuary

The Sanctuary Model is implemented through a collaborative three year process, led by a steering group and core team from your organisation, instructed by the Sanctuary Professional Learning Program for all staff and supported by a Sanctuary Institute Australia Faculty consultant, to build on the strengths of your organisation.

Full Sanctuary implementation

The Australian faculty of the Sanctuary Institute supports your organisation through a series of steps, which progressively align the practices, attitudes and philosophies of Sanctuary’s trauma-informed approach with those of your organisation.

  1. Diagnostic Assessment The process of implementation begins with a diagnostic assessment of your organisation. This assessment typically involves a two day on-site observation and interview process. This is used to generate a report outlining your organisation’s strengths and weaknesses against 11 domains. These domains align with the seven Sanctuary Commitments and the four components of S.E.L.F.
  2. The Five Day Training The second step of the implementation process involves intensive training of your organisation’s identified leadership at a five day training session. During the training, participants will receive an in-depth understanding of the components and tools of The Sanctuary Model. The training will also provide the opportunity for attendees to work with our highly-skilled consultants to apply Sanctuary’s concepts and tools to the specific settings in which you will be implementing the model.
  3. On-site Consultation Our expert consultants will be on-hand to assist you to begin rolling out the Sanctuary Model across your organisation. They will assist you with strategies and tips on how to implement Sanctuary into your organisational culture and disseminate the concepts of the Sanctuary tool kit, seven Sanctuary Commitments and S.E.L.F. framework.
  4. Phone Consultation Our consultants will also be available to make sure your implementation remains on track via a series of scheduled phone consultation sessions. In these sessions, we will ensure implementation goals are being met, assist you with trouble shooting and answer any questions you may have.
  5. Guides and Manuals You receive core manuals to support the implementation of The Sanctuary Model.

We understand this is a significant undertaking and therefore we offer a range of professional learning options. Each option can be delivered as stand-alone learning experience or combined to gain a greater understanding of the Sanctuary Model and its benefits.

Learning options

The Sanctuary Institute Australia provides a range of professional learning and consultation programs to

  • build a culture of safety and wellbeing
  • increase staff trauma-informed knowledge and practice
  • implement the Sanctuary Mode
  • Become an accreditied Sanctuary organisation

Professional learning programs are flexible and can be tailored to your resources and context. Options include:

Taster Presentation

Up to two-hour presentation for Boards, Senior Executives, Managers and general staff. The Sanctuary Model’s basic elements are outlined, including some examples of how it is used in Australia Written information, and the evidence base for the model is provided in these sessions.

Introductory professional learning

For groups and individuals interested in learning more about trauma-informed care and how Sanctuary tools are used to increase staff and client safety and healing. Organisation-based professional learning provides a more in-depth understaning of the Sanctuary Model, for organisations to increase trauma-informed knowledge and practice of their staff.

Full Implementation (may include certification)

A staged approach that builds on your organisational strengths and context to align Sanctuary’s trauma-informed practices, attitudes and philosophy to your organisation through:

  • needs assessment
  • intensive learning and skill development
  • on-site and phone consultations
  • Sanctuary guides and manuals
  • Sanctuary Certification (Optional).

Sanctuary Institute Australia

237 Cecil Street
South Melbourne VIC 3205