The Sanctuary Model introduces itself with the line, "by Dr. Sandra L. Bloom", and gives the following descriptive information:
The Sanctuary Model® represents a theory-based, trauma-informed, evidence-supported, whole culture approach that has a clear and structured methodology for creating or changing an organizational culture.
The four concepts: Safety, Emotions, Loss, and Future (S.E.L.F.) represent the four fundamental domains of disruption that occur in a traumatized person’s life and within these four domains, any problem can be categorized. Naming and categorization are the first steps in making a problem manageable.
Sandra Bloom, M.D. is a Board-Certified psychiatrist, graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and was awarded the Temple University School of Medicine Alumni Achievement Award. From 1980-2001, Dr. Bloom served as Founder and Executive Director of the Sanctuary programs, inpatient psychiatric programs for the treatment of trauma-related emotional disorders. Over 350 programs have been trained in the Sanctuary Model®. The Sanctuary Model® is now being applied in residential and multi-service treatment programs for children, inpatient mental health programs, schools, domestic violence shelters, group homes, and homeless shelters.