S. E. L. F. Group Curriculum

S. E. L. F. Group Curriculum

Every outpatient and inpatient mental health setting, child protection service, parenting program, domestic violence shelter, school, and homeless shelter today must contend with the issue of a past history of exposure to trauma in their clients. 

The S.E.L.F. Psychoeducational Group Curriculum is a good way to start, addressing the fundamental problems surrounding exposure to violence without needing to focus on specific individual events within a group setting.

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S. E. L. F. Group Training

S. E. L. F. Group Training

S.E.L.F. group trainings are offered by two cofounders of the Sanctuary program, Joseph F. Foderaro, L.C.S.W. and RuthAnn Ryan, M.S.N. Training experiences are tailored to the needs of the organization.

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Center for Nonviolence & Social Justice

In November of 2007, the Thomas Scattergood Foundation awarded Drexel University’s School of Public Health with a five-year grant to establish the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice.

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A Trauma-Informed Psychoeducational Group Curriculum

S.E.L.F. represents the four nonlinear, key areas of recovery that provide an organizing framework for the complex problems presented by trauma survivors, by families with problems, and by chronically stressed organizations.

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News - Events - Announcements


Recent News

Recent News

Link to Oprah-Bruce Perry Interview

On March 11, 60 Minutes did a piece on childhood trauma initiated by Oprah and featuring Bruce Perry. Daun Kauffman has set up a link with information about it.

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ACES Awareness Foundation Summit, Memphis, TN

Dr. Bloom speaks at ACEs Awareness Summit in Memphis, TN about ACES and organizational stress. 

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Bipartisan House Resolution about Trauma-Informed care

On July 13, 2017 two members of the House of Representatives - Rep. Mike Gallagher, Republican from Wisconsin and Rep. Danny K. Davis, Democrat from Illinois submitted a House Resolution 443 recognizing the importance and effectiveness of trauma-informed care. 

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CTIPP creates policy brief on the correlation between opioid addiction and ACES

The Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP) releases first policy brief on the intimate connections between opioid abuse and adverse childhood experiences. 

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In Trumpian times - NEW PUBLICATION

Bloom, S. L. (2017) Some Guidelines for Surfing the Edge of Chaos, While Riding Dangerously Close to the Black Hole of Trauma. Psychotherapy and Politics International, June.


Sanctuary Culture- Dragon Culture

Sanctuary Commitments and organizational culture at Drexel University.Dragon Culture.pdf

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Video on Sanctuary from Northern Ireland

Lakewood Secure Unit in Northern Ireland for troubled children is a Sanctuary Certified site.

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An American Public Health Crisis – the ‘Pair of ACEs’
Wendy Ellis, DrPH (c), MPH, Project Director at Building Community Resilience (BCR) and Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. William Dietz on the BCR project. read more ...

The Practice of ACEs Science in the Time of Trump

New post by Jane Stevens, founder of ACEs Connection.

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Is President Trump Causing Toxic Stress?

David Frum from The Atlantic
Public Indifference Is Trump's Asset on the Path to Autocracy, This is a clear moment of crisis for Americans, says Atlantic senior editor David Frum. “We are living through the most dangerous challenge to the free government of the United States in decades,” he explains in this video. What can people do when Congress refuses to check the president, civil unrest fuels his agenda, and he uses Twitter to stifle dissent? Read more in The Atlantic’s March 2017 cover story, “How to Build an Autocracy.” m the Atlantic's, David Frum.  read more ...

The Sanctuary Movement

You might think that here we are referring to the Sanctuary Model but no. When we were developing the Sanctuary Model, people from many countries were providing sanctuary for immigrants and with recent events, many cities - including Philadelphia - are underscoring the need for sanctuary cities. This page provides resources to learn more about these ideas and practices, historically and in the present.

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Trauma of election renders public speechless

If you study the effects of trauma then you know that one of the challenges is the loss of words for the most critical aspects of an experience. See this New Yorker article by Jeffrey Frank Speechless_ The Trump Effect - The New Yorker.pdf


The Flailing Tale of the Dying Dinosaur

Read the recent speech of Carol Tracy, Director of the Women's Law Project, about the continuation of a progressive agenda in the U.S. in spite of recent events.

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Congressional Briefing Addresses Public Policy on ACEs

Elizabeth Pruitt's report on recent Congressional Briefing for ACEs Connection

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S.E.L.F. Rap

Read T.K. Blount's SELF Rap!

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2016 NAMI Montgomery County Benefit for the Brain

NAMI honors Dr. Bloom with their 2016 Annual Impact Award 

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2016 CCTC Roundup

Dr. Bloom Receives first Advocacy Award from Children's Crisis Treatment Center at their 2016 Roundup.

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New Article from MSNBC. The City: Prison's Grip on the Black Family

Article from MSNBC describes the struggle of black families living in Philadelphia against the forces of poverty, mass incarceration, and violence.

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October 20 CCTC Advocacy Day

The Need for Trauma-Informed Care Curricula at Institutions of Higher Learning: A Call to Action. HANDOUT from Keynote Presentation



Report from the National Collaborative on Adversity and Resilience sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities

New MARC Website!



A document for philanthropy organizations assembled by the Philanthropy Network, the Scattergood Foundation, and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.



What Can Albania Teach Us About Trust?
Turns out Albanian culture has much to offer about trust, safety, and hospitality. read more ...

Why Parents Should Send Kids Off to School With Personal Safety Plans
Children need safety plans that help them manage their emotions - so do their parents - read this blog contribution from trainer, Diane Wagenhals. read more ...

New York Times


Let's look at other forms of adversity in childhood in addition to violence. New article by Jane Stevens at ACEs Connection.

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The Sandra Bloom House Dedication

In April, Bridgeway Recovery dedicated their new women's residential program as the Sandra Bloom House. Pictures here!

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Sanctuary and Girls in Juvenile Justice

Expanding Definitions


 CAREGIVERS documentary film, released in 2015, takes us on a journey into a world the public has not seen. The film depicts the dramatic emotional costs experienced by professional providers such as doctors, nurses, social workers, firefighters, and first responders who rescue, assist, and when possible heal the injured and traumatized. Through dramatic stories, CAREGIVERS probes the emotionally risky aspects of professional caregivers.

For other Trauma-Informed Documentaries click here

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What if We Could PREVENT Most Mental Health Problems?

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs Study) may turn out to be the most important scientific finding of the late 20th century, opening up windows of opportunity that could vastly improve mental health care, physical health care, and virtually all of our current major social problems. The ACEs study, along with other major epidemiological studies, show that we have a Major Public Health Epidemic that is actually getting relatively little attention in public discourse and has yet to seriously impact policy.

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The Raising of America: Wounded Places

Dr. Sandra L. Bloom is featured in an upcoming documentary which focuses on confronting childhood PTSD in america’s shell-shocked cities. Traveling to Philadelphia and Oakland, this episode chronicles the stories of children shaken by violence and adversity and asks not “What’s wrong with you?” but “What happened to you?” and “How can traumatized children and neighborhoods heal?”

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Third Book of the Sanctuary Trilogy

"Restoring Sanctuary" is a roadmap to recovery for our nation's systems of care. It explores the notion that organizations are living systems themselves and as such they manifest various degrees of health and dysfunction, analogous to those of individuals. Becoming a truly trauma-informed system therefore requires a process of reconstitution within helping organizations, top to bottom. A system cannot be truly trauma-informed unless the system can create and sustain a process of understanding itself.

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