- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (March 28, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415821096
- ISBN-13: 978-0415821094
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sandra Bloom is co-founder of the Sanctuary Institute, co-director of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice, and Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health at Drexel University, Philadelphia.
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Her own compassionate experiences and willingness to enter into the depths of human suffering among the mentally ill, her willingness to see the evidence of conventional wisdom failing thereby exploding her comfortable paradigms has created a new path to wellness. She presents a path to wellness and healing not only for the mentally ill and those who care for them, but also for our society.
I do not have degrees in psychology or medicine, but only years of working with homeless addicts and alcoholics as a lay person. Having walked with and lived with very sick people through the maze of social services available, medical care treatments, criminal justice systems, addiction recovery systems, family systems, I have seen how complex and widespread is the dysfunction of our society. Trauma Informed Care, as presented in Creating Sanctuary is a most reasonable answer, a "must read" for anyone who wants to understand what is happening not only to the "them" but to us as a society.
"Creating Sanctuary: Toward the evolution of Sane Societies" is scholarly enough for textbook study, deeply cross referenced in supporting studies to support a new vision. I intend to read this several times to allow the many nuances of understanding saturate my mind more fully.
My love of Christian spiritual values wants a clearer link to spiritual healing, Dr. Bloom does not discount spiritual values, and it is easy to see the correlations to spiritual principles through out the book. Bill W. of AA reports having a sudden spiritual awakening that changed his life and our response to alcoholism/addiction profoundly, but my experience appreciates that most people experience a slow unfolding of understanding their illness, how to live mentally healthy through an unfolding understanding of a higher power/God.. During that process of deconstructing and reconstructing a life, Sanctuary is necessary.
From my observation, most homeless people have slid into a lifestyle of alcoholism/addiction/mental illness from life trauma(s) that are seldom effectively addressed. The costs to society through the medical, judicial, Social Services agencies for this failure to address trauma is exorbitant. "Creating Sanctuary" can help us become more effective in solving overwhelming social ills at the same time of helping just one. Amazing
Sandra Bloom emphasizes the need for safety in ALL THREE of her books--a subject which is sadly neglected by authors pushing quick solutions and promises of healing. Another book which describes the dangers of talk therapy and exposure for victims of severe trauma and recommends safe alternatives is Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal by Belleruth Naparstek.