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S.E.L.F: A Non Linear Conceptual Framework

SAFETY: Physical, Psychological, Social and Moral Safety

EMOTIONS: Handling Feelings Without Being Destructive to Self or Others; Mad, Sad, Glad, Scared, Shamed

LOSS: Getting Over Loss, Unresolved Grief, Reenactment, Never Having to Say Goodbye, Preparing for Change

FUTURE: Envisioning a Different Future; Reestablishing the Capacity for Choice

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Trauma 101: A New Way of Thinking

Trauma, adversity and stress are often a root cause of the emotional and health problems that people experience in life. As caregivers, stress is a problem not only for the people we are trying to help but for us as well. Learning more about how to think about trauma in everything we do is what we call trauma-informed care.

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Starter Toolkits

We have put together some toolkits to get you started. These toolkits pull together a few of the resources in our database that are most relevant to people who work in law enforcement, behavioral health and in hospital-based programs serving victims of violence. Visit the Starter Kits page.

An Introduction to S.E.L.F S.E.L.F. is a framework that helps guide our thoughts and actions. Under the Sanctuary Model, the S.E.L.F tool represents four related areas that are common to all healing from trauma: Safety, Emotional Management, Loss, and Future. Learn more about S.E.L.F.

Project Support: This Toolkit is made possible through support from the Drexel University School of Public Health, the Drexel University College of Medicine, the Office for Victims of Crime and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the U.S. Department of Justice, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Health Partners, and the Stoneleigh Foundation.

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