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Trauma Programs

Acute Trauma Interventions
Posttraumatic Stress Management (PTSM) & Psychological First Aid (PFA)
  • The PTSM development team works closely with SAMHSA, FEMA, DHS and Red Cross to incorporate evidence-based and emerging practice models for psychological first aid and recovery phase protocols
  • PTSM has been developed through extensive field practice and research over the last 10 years in the US and abroad; the PTSM design and development include gender specific, developmentally specific, culturally and linguistically specific post-violence psychological intervention and stabilization protocols.
  • PTSM is a series of highly structured, school and community-based responses following a violent or other traumatic incident.
  • PTSM targets immediate reduction of traumatic stress response and violence reduction while augmenting coping, resiliency and community bonding.
  • PTSM focuses specifically on impacted children, youth their families and their support systems within the community
  • PFA & PTSM training provides you with the tools to conduct five basic violence interventions and prevention strategies:

    1. Post-trauma/violence impact and needs assessments implemented by community leaders
    2. Orientation sessions that provide ongoing accurate information about the event, the decedents, psychoeducation about survivor physical and emotional reactions following a trauma, resource installation and resiliency building
    3. Stabilization groups that include 15-20 participants, last approximately 45 minutes, usually conducted within 3-5 days of the incident and focus on (a) psychological safety building, (b) grounding and mindfulness techniques and (c) self care and substance abuse information all aimed at the reduction of neurophysiological arousal secondary to the traumatic stress exposure
    4. Coping groups provided over 3-4 weeks which focus on multiple cognitive and neurophysiological strategies for adapting to the traumatic stress and loss
    5. Ongoing technical assistance for the community leaders most impacted by the event to assist them intermediate and long-term stabilization and recovery challenges.

Resiliency Interventions

Developed by Dr. Sandra Bloom, this program synthesizes the science of trauma from a society and agency perspective. Sanctuary teaches organizations and communities to recognize the negative impact of trauma and behaviors on those agencies and communities. Sanctuary has created tools and training that are effective in combating the chaos that occurs in high stress environments. This in turn allows organizations and communities to be more effective in response to client dysregulation.

A continuum of interventions designed to meet the needs of high risk children at each developmental state. These initiatives use multiple disciplinary evidence and practice to teach the children calming, control, esteem, pro-social engagement, effective problem solving and post traumatic growth. This in turn allows children to function at maximum in the academic environment.