Victoria L. Hummer MSW, LCSW joined the Sanctuary Institute in 2014 as a Faculty Consultant. She has consulted and trained organizations across the United States in the Sanctuary Model. Victoria specializes in providing therapy for survivors of trauma, and for adult, youth and children who struggle with mental health issues.
Previously, she served as the Director of Transformation at Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa, FL, a large urban continuum of care provider of comprehensive services for homeless and at-risk community. She was instrumental in the implementation of Sanctuary. In her role as Director of Trauma Informed Care at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Vicki also delivered professional workshops across Florida; including Trauma Informed Care (TIC), Psychological First Aid, Mental Health First Aid, and Post-Traumatic Stress Management, while spearheading a Community Crisis Response Team.
For 17 years Victoria was an Assistant Professor and Researcher in the USF-Tampa College of Community and Behavior Sciences, Department of Child and Family Studies. It was here she began her interest in Trauma Informed Care, managing a 5-year SAMSHA funded research study on Implementing TIC at psychiatric inpatient programs for youth across Florida. This work led to co-authoring several articles published in peer-reviewed journal and developing both a field assessment instrument and curriculum for youth residential treatment programs.
As a long-time advocate for adopting children out of foster care, Ms. Hummer wrote field manuals for the newly independent adoption service providers in Hillsborough County, FL (Journey Toward Forever: Vols 1&2 and The Adoption Companion: A Guide for Adoptive Families). As part of her life long advocacy for child welfare and adoption, Victoria spearheaded the founding of the non-profit, Sylvia Thomas Center for Adoptive Families, in Brandon, FL. The Center continues to this day to provide adoptive families with support services across Tampa Bay. Vicki is the mother of two brothers adopted from foster care, and has fostered six other children until their family reunification or adulthood.