Uta Halee Girls Village and Cooper Village recently became one of only six organizations in the world to receive official certification in the Sanctuary Model, a trauma-informed treatment method that provides a revolutionary approach to therapeutic care. The certification, which took three years to achieve, has helped the Village not only improve its treatment outcomes for the young people it serves, but has also contributed to decreased violence at the Village. Over time, Village leaders expect the certification will contribute to decreased violence in the entire Omaha community.
To honor the Village’s recent certification, representatives from the Sanctuary Institute in Yonkers, New York, and Dr. Sandra Bloom are planning to visit Omaha over the next few months. On March 31, Sarah Yanosy and Michael Thomas from the Sanctuary Institute will present the Village with its official certification. On June 17, Dr. Sandra Bloom will be the featured speaker at the Village’s Annual Symposium.
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