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through trauma-informed care

Our Model - Sanctuary® at Auberle


Every day, Auberle’s programs integrate trauma-informed care for each child and family. We design programming to support children and families emotionally, intellectually and physically. Auberle embraces the organizational philosophy of the Sanctuary® Model, which takes advantage of what we know about human nature, healing from injury, the power of communities, and the chaotic nature of change.

  • 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 model also addresses staff wellness with its “Care for the Caretakers” emphasis. Creating Sanctuary is the process of providing a safe and healing environment for children and families at Auberle who need to recover from adversity in their childhood experience. Such experiences create trauma, which disrupt the normal development of a child and can interfere with the ability to learn.

  • A “trauma-informed community” challenges everyone to change the thought process from “what’s wrong with you?” to “what’s happened to you?”

The Four Pillars

As an agency, Auberle prides itself on innovative practices and practicing by the The Sanctuary Model™ was the next step as we continue to innovate.

The Four Pillars provide the framework of the Sanctuary Model, which guides Auberle and the children and families we serve in managing change and healing from trauma.

  • Trauma theory provides Auberle the common philosophy and understanding of what happened to individuals and systems that experience stress and trauma

  • The 7 Commitments offers Auberle a common set of values to develop and execute our work with one another

  • The SELF offers a common language to conceptualize and talk about what happens to Auberle staff in our work

  • The Tool Kit supports Auberle in practicing new behaviors and rituals that result in healthy attachments and relationships.

The Seven Commitments 

The Seven Sanctuary Commitments are the guiding principles for implementation of the Sanctuary Model at Auberle – the building blocks of the Sanctuary ‘operating system’. Each commitment supports trauma-related goals for our clients and staff:

  • Commitment to Nonviolence: Auberle helps build safety skills and a commitment to higher purpose

  • Commitment to Emotional Intelligence: Auberle helps to teach emotional management skills

  • Commitment to Social Learning: We help to build cognitive skills

  • Commitment to Open Communication: Auberle helps to overcome barriers to healthy communication, learn conflict management, reduce acting-out, enhance self-protective and self-correcting skills, teach healthy boundaries

  • Commitment to Social Responsibility: We help to rebuild social connection skills, establish healthy attachment relationships, establish sense of fair play and justice

  • Commitment to Democracy: Auberle helps to create civic skills of self-control, self-discipline, and administration of healthy authority

  • Commitment to Growth and Change: We help to work through loss and prepare for the future.

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