- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Routledge (August 17, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415918588
- ISBN-13: 978-0415918589
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"To save our families, nothing is more important than ending the spiral of violence. Here at last is a psychiatrist and activist whose programs can help adults to uproot the original trauma, and stop repeating the violence that was done to them. Creaing Sanctuary shows us how to save future children from abuse, empty our over-crowded jails, and rescue this nation from leaders who see violence as normal.." -- Gloria Steinem
About the Author
Dr. Sandra Bloom is the Executive Director of the Sanctuary at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia and President of the Alliance for Creative Development. She has worked in inpatient psychiatric settings for thirty years.
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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.