Sanctuary Overview

About the Sanctuary Model at Collier House a Residential Program for women in Monmouth County NJ

Collier Youth Services is in the process of incorporating the Sanctuary Model® into our Group Home and Collier House programs. The Sanctuary Model is a comprehensive approach to developing a trauma-sensitive culture in which psychological and social trauma can be addressed and resolved. Implementation of this system requires extensive leadership, staff and participant involvement at every level of the process.

As a trauma-informed model, the fundamental approach is a shift in thinking from "What is wrong with you?" to "What happened to you?"

Sanctuary works to counter the natural tendency of programs which serve traumatized participants becoming “crisis environments,” which carry a heavy risk of re-traumatizing the participants, by providing a comprehensive plan and process for creating a trauma-sensitive, democratic, nonviolent culture.