Safety Plans

As author Howard Bath states, "safety is one of the three pillars of trauma informed care" and must be at the core of all efforts to create trauma informed organizations and systems. For this reason Multiplying Connections endorses the concept promoted by the developers of the Sanctuary Model that all individuals - staff and clients - in a trauma informed organization should develop a personal safety plan.  Sanctuary describes this plan as  "a list of simple activities that a person can choose when feeling overwhelmed so that the person can avoid engaging in the unsafe, out-of-control or toxic behavior he or she is accustomed to resorting to under stress and instead, use an activity that is safe, effective and self-soothing."  The University of Buffalo School of Social Work's Self-Care Starter Kit includes an excellent tool for develoing an emergency safety-plan.