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Penn Foundation Welcomes Trauma Expert Sandra Bloom, MD

In October, as part of the annual Dr. Michael A. Peters Lecture Series, Penn Foundation welcomed Sandra Bloom, MD, a Board-Certified psychiatrist associate professor at Drexel University’s School of Public Health, and founder of the Sanctuary Model®, a pioneering approach to trauma-informed care.

Dr. Bloom spoke about the impact of traumatic experiences on individuals, families, organizations, and communities, and the paradigm shift from asking, “What’s wrong with you?”to “What happened to you?”Dr. Bloom developed The Sanctuary Model®, a theory-based, evidence-supported approach to creating a trauma-informed organizational culture, in 1991.

Before her community presentation, Dr. Bloom met with Penn Foundation’s “Trauma Champions” to discuss their efforts to become a trauma-specific organization that recognizes trauma symptoms and offers supportive services to clients to prevent re-traumatization.

“Recognizing the deep impact trauma can have on a person’s life, Penn Foundation put together a team of trauma champions that meets regularly to discuss how we can continue to incorporate and strengthen our trauma treatment interventions,” says Julie Williams, Director of Clinical Services. “We have incorporated a trauma screening into our mental health outpatient assessment to help with these experiences from the very first step of receiving care, and we offer several trauma-informed treatment options. We also provide our staff with trauma-focused clinical supervisions and opportunities to learn about trauma-informed care. We want to ensure that the individuals we serve feel safe when they come for care at Penn Foundation.”

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