Ruth Ann Ryan


Ruth Ann Ryan, APRN, BC is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and is a Co-founder of the Sanctuary Programs from 1980-2001. She served as Program Director and as a senior clinician of the Sanctuary. She and her colleagues developed the S.E.L.F. Model of trauma recovery, which has been implemented in treatment programs for children, adolescents and adults in many locations in the United States and Canada. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Pennsylvania and has over 30 years experience in the mental health field. She is a Senior Faculty member of the Sanctuary Institute at Andrus. Ruth Ann maintains a psychotherapy practice in the Philadelphia suburbs specializing in trauma treatment and is a Community Works organizational consultant on SELF principles and practices. She co-authored with Sandra Bloom and Joseph Foderaro, a group manual titled, S.E.L.F.: A Trauma-Informed Psychoeducational Group Curriculum and has been training staff from domestic violence shelters, parenting programs, and homeless shelters in the use of this curriculum, as well as the staff of the Healing Hurt People program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and at Hahnemann Hospital both in Philadelphia. Ruth Ann serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice.

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