Youth Services Director Presented with 'Spirit of Sanctuary' Award
for Dedication to Implementing Positive Change in the Community
On April 19, 2023, Tammy K Fields, Director of Palm Beach County Youth Services Department, was presented the 'Spirit of Sanctuary' Award at the 2023 Sanctuary Institute Network Days in White Plains, NY.
At this year's Sanctuary Institute Network Days, the Sanctuary Institute honored individuals their organization nominated for living and breathing the tenets of The Sanctuary Model. Tammy K Fields was recognized for exemplifying the Sanctuary's commitments and values of being kind, compassionate, trustworthy, humble, capable, ethical, brave, and generous. Recipients of this award were also recognized for creating a safe haven for colleagues and/or clients, who approach their work from a place of curiosity and support rather than judgement and are dedicated to motivating others for positive change in their communities.
The Sanctuary Institute provides training and consultation services to organizations that work with vulnerable adults, children, and families to help an agency's leaders reclaim a culture of hope and innovation. 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.
In September 2022, the Sanctuary Institute certified the Youth Services Department department-wide in the Sanctuary Model of Trauma-Informed Care. Palm Beach County Youth Services Department and the communities within Palm Beach County have benefited from the leadership of Tammy K Fields for bringing the Sanctuary Model of Trauma-Informed Care to the department and nurturing a safe haven environment for colleagues and the community the department serves. "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.