The Seven Sanctuary Commitments
- A Commitment to Nonviolence – People who are traumatized have often experienced violence in their lives. Our commitment to nonviolence means that we provide an atmosphere of physical and psychological safety for our clients and our staff.
- A Commitment to Emotional Intelligence – Emotions play a significant role in how we think and understand our environment. Our commitment to Emotional Intelligence means we strive to accurately perceive and express our emotions so those around us understand our perspective.
- A Commitment to Social Learning – Working in a group helps us to break dysfunctional patterns and learn new processes. Our commitment to Social Learning helps us work collaboratively and interrupt destructive patterns of behavior.
- A Commitment to Open Communication – Communication in today's world can present a number of challenges. Our commitment to Open Communication means we strive to promote safe and effective expression of our emotions within our community.
- A Commitment to Democracy – People who are traumatized often feel helpless as a result of their experiences. Our commitment to Democracy provides us with a way to make sure everyone has the opportunity and responsibility to share their voice.
- Commitment to Social Responsibility – Our experiences sometimes make us lose sight of our responsibilities within the community. Our commitment to Social Responsibility helps us rebuild social connection skills, establish healthy attachment relationships, and establish a sense of fair play and justice.
- Commitment to Growth and Change – People who are traumatized can often become paralyzed by their experiences, preventing healing and growth. Our commitment to Growth and Change helps us work through loss and prepare for the future