The Madonna Heights Group Residence, RTF & School has officially received their Sanctuary Certification. It has been a nearly 4-year journey to establish this trauma-informed approach to our organizational structure and change how we do our everyday work throughout our 3 adolescent programs. Starting with the establishment of a steering committee, a kick-off event, developing a core team and training for all staff and students, the process has been embedded within all 3 programs both individually and collectively.
The certification comes from the Sanctuary Institute, recognizing SCO’s Madonna Heights as a Sanctuary Program, in recognition of exceptional leadership in the provision of trauma-informed education, treatment and care. This certification is good for 3 years and the work continues with new leadership stepping up from the core team onto the steering committee and new positions opening up on the core team.
Sanctuary is about creating a safe, compassionate and high-quality trauma informed care for our youth and families; as well as the creation of an organizational culture committed to open communication, non-violence, social responsibility, growth and change, democracy, social learning and emotional intelligence.
We are proud of our entire Sanctuary community, students and staff, who embraced this change and made this possible. A celebration will be planned for the spring.