Sanctuary Self-Care Plan Sample

Joseph Benamati (bio) divulges the details of his personal self-care plan, following the Sanctuary model.

The first thing on mine is to take a break. That after an immediate kind of difficult situation. That could be a restraint of a child. That could be an outburst. That could be something that was said that was really very hurtful by another staff member.

Then after that — whatever that incident is — has been taken care of, and people are safe — I'll take a few minutes. So, I tell my staff, "I'm going to leave," only after everybody's safe, "and I'm just going to collect my thoughts."

The second thing on mine is, if there's an opportunity, I'll call my wife and just say, "Hey, having a bad day. Just letting you know." I do some guided visualization of Italy. I use humor when I can. And I have always found that the wisdom of the group can get us through many things.

So whoever's around after a really stressful situation, if we get together, even if it's two of us, or three of us, to say, "Hey, what do you think? What happened? How can we help each other? What are we going to do from here?" kind of thing, I've found to be very, very helpful and therapeutic.

Viewing Preferences


Excerpted from an interview at CBITS Summit 2012 in Santa Monica, CA.


More About "Self-Care"


More From Joseph Benamati (bio)

  • Sanctuary: A Trauma-Informed Organizational Change Model

  • SELF Strategy in Sanctuary

  • Self-Care Plans for All Staff Members

  • Trauma Is a Reason, Not an Excuse