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Restoring Sanctuary: New Book on Model by Bloom and Farragher PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 00:23

Co-authors Dr. Sandra L. Bloom of Drexel University and Brian Farragher, Chief Operating Officer of ANDRUS --  the creator and a key advocate in promoting use of The Sanctuary Model by human services provider agencies -- were recognized in a reception last week celebrating their new book, Restoring Sanctuary: A New Operating System for Trauma-Informed Systems of Care .  The event drew 95 people to Saint Peter’s Church at the Citicorp Center in midtown Manhattan on Thursday, February 28.  The book was published this month by Oxford University Press.

The evening featured a community conversation on “Creating Safety in an Unsafe World”.  Panelists and audience members addressed a range of issues about violence, safety and our children.  The program was moderated by Susan Dreyfus, CEO of the Alliance for Children and Families.  Following opening remarks by Dreyfus, both Farragher and Bloom offered comments on the new book, which follows the publication of their previous title, Destroying Sanctuary, also published by Oxford Press.   As Farragher described the companion volumes, “the first book described the formidable barriers to providing effective mental health and social services to our clients and issued a call for reform and recovery.  This new volume takes that next step.  We see it as a roadmap to recovery for our nation’s human service organizations.”  

Restoring Sanctuary explores the idea that organizations are living systems themselves and that they manifest various degrees of health and dysfunction, analogous to those of individuals.  Using the Sanctuary Model of Care as the basis for creating an organizational culture that can more effectively respond to clients’ needs, the book provides a cohesive context within which healing from trauma can be addressed.  Chapters are organized around the seven Sanctuary commitments, providing step-by-step guidance on creating and sustaining organizational change.

The new volume is available from Oxford University Press, online at www.oup/us/sanctuary.

Serving Westchester County from 14 locations, ANDRUS’ main site is a 107-acre campus in North Yonkers, where the agency offers residential and day treatment for seriously emotionally disturbed children from Westchester and surrounding counties.   ANDRUS also operates the Andrus Center for Learning and Innovation and the Sanctuary Institute, which has provided training and consultation to over 250 organizations worldwide in the application of the Sanctuary Model, a trauma-informed approach to treatment and organizational change.

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