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Vanderheyden Receives National Certification



Vanderheyden was recently re-certified by the national Sanctuary Institute. The agency is one of 50 nonprofit organizations in the country to have this prestigious distinction.

The Sanctuary Model® represents a theory-based, trauma-informed, evidence-supported, whole-culture approach, that helps to build a safe environment where emotional and psychological healing can occur.

The Sanctuary Mission is to teach individuals and organizations the necessary skills for creating and sustaining nonviolent lives and nonviolent systems, and to keep believing in the unexplored possibilities of peace and well-being for all of humanity.

"Every day at Vanderheyden, we work to change lives to save lives for over 500 individuals and families," says Karen Carpenter Palumbo, President and CEO of Vanderheyden. "We are thrilled to be re-certified by the Sanctuary Institute, with our expertise in providing trauma informed care for those we serve."

Maura Psoinos, Vice-President of Community Services, is also very excited about receiving the honor for another three years.

"The Re-certification Team left the agency, and said it is a place that they would want to work at," Psoinos says.

Psoinos says it's a good indication of the hard work everyone does on a daily basis.

"I think it helps transform us as an organization," she says. "To continue with trauma-informed care with not only our individuals, but also our organization."

The seven Sanctuary commitments:

  • Commitment to Nonviolence: building and modeling safety skills
  • Commitment to Emotional Intelligence: teaching and modeling affect management skills
  • Commitment to Inquiry and Social Learning: building and modeling cognitive skills
  • Commitment to Shared Governance: creating and modeling civic skills of self-control, self-discipline, and administration of healthy authority
  • Commitment to Open Communication: overcoming barriers to healthy communication, reduce acting-out, enhance self-protective and self-correcting skills, teach healthy boundaries
  • Commitment to Social Responsibility: rebuilding social connection skills, establish healthy attachment relationships
  • Commitment to Growth and Change: restoring hope, meaning, purpose
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