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Youth Services Department Receives Certification In Trauma-Informed Care

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Youth Services Department Receives Certification In Trauma-Informed Care



The Palm Beach County Youth Services Department is excited to announce they have been certified in the Sanctuary Model of Trauma-Informed Care by the Andrus Sanctuary Institute.

The Sanctuary Model, originally developed by Dr. Sandra Bloom, is a blueprint for clinical and organizational change. The trauma-informed model promotes an environment emphasizing the seven commitments of nonviolence, emotional intelligence, social learning, open communication, social responsibility, democracy, and growth and change.

The department has worked towards this certification, building from the certification of the Highridge Family Center in 2019, for the last three years.  Staff at all levels embraced this organizational model. The certification symbolizes the Youth Services Department's commitment to providing a higher level of care, a trauma-sensitive environment for the clients and community served, and a better work environment for employees.

“Some of the children and families we serve have experienced multiple traumatic events that impact behaviors and the ability to cope.  Providing services with a trauma-informed lens is essential.  Our goal is to build resiliency for our youth," said Tammy K. Fields, Director of the Youth Services Department.

Implementing the Sanctuary Model of Trauma Informed Care at Youth Services aligns with the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners' strategic priorities and the objectives in the Birth to 22 United for Brighter Futures Youth Master Plan. The implementation of the model also increases measurable levels of hope, safety, trust, emotional intelligence, and problem-solving skills in both staff and clients. Palm Beach County Youth Services is the fourth government agency in the nation, and first in the State of Florida to receive this certification.