Sanctuary Five Day Training – Internal Staff

Monday, February 21 – Friday, February 25, 2022
Time: 9 am – 3 pm Est. daily

The Sanctuary Institute’s Five Day Training is a dynamic learning experience in which leaders from an organization receive didactic instruction in the concepts of the Sanctuary Model as well as skill building and practice in using the tools over the course of four days. The fifth day is spent with a small group of leaders and faculty to outline a timeline and specific structure for consultation with your site to maintain a consistency in meeting milestones across the whole organization.

Training is open to internal staff only.

For questions, please reach out to Alicia Peak at

Lead Facilitator

Ibet Hernandez

Ibet Hernandez holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fordham University and a Baccalaureate in Psychology and Bilingual Special Education from Lehman College. Ms. Hernandez is currently a Sanctuary Faculty Consultant at the Andrus Sanctuary Institute.

Ms. Hernandez has served as an effective leader in the South Bronx community for over 15 years in the area of Mental Health, Counseling, Early Childhood Education and Community Organization. She began her career as a community organizer employed at Hunts Point Multi-Service Center providing outreach and educational services to parents of special needs children in the community.

She joined Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in 2002 in the aftermath of the World Trade Center disaster when she was recruited to develop and coordinate Project Liberty, the FEMA initiative to provide a psychological and emotional response to the 9/11 tragedy.

Personally affected by vicarious trauma and stress, Ms. Hernandez embarked on cultivating her life long passion of treating the traumatized individual with an integrative approach and developing a holistic Program of Alternative Integrative Healing Arts. She has dedicated her time to learning the art and healing power of massage therapy, breathing, yoga, meditation, guided visualization, aromatherapy, Chakra cleansing, spiritual counseling and psychotherapy and combines all of these methods to provide a tailored approach to wellness and empowerment. This approach treats the whole person, Mind, Body and Spirit in a three dimensional way. She has developed her organization OWL Wellness Inc. (Optimum Wellness Living), has a private practice, and designs retreats and educational and wellness events for groups in the Pocono Mountain area. She trains and provides workshops on stress management and wellness. Ms. Hernandez has brought to her practice her philosophy that: healing the mind supports the body, healing the body supports the mind and healing the Spirit supports both mind and body. Creating a stronger, healthier, happier more balanced individual that can continue to sustain and maintain Wellness.

Stephan Spilkowitz

Stephan Spilkowitz joined ANDRUS in 2011 and is the Assistant Director of Therapeutic Programming & Youth Development. He also serves as a Sanctuary Faculty Fellow at the Sanctuary Institute. Stephan provides oversight and cross-departmental integrative recreational and therapeutic program services in the ANDRUS Campus Division while collaboratively leading agency efforts to implement Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and Restorative Practices. Stephan is also an experienced trainer of the Sanctuary Model, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, and Parent University.

Stephan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Cornell University, and a Master of Arts degree in organizational psychology & change leadership from Columbia University.

The Sanctuary Model of Trauma-Informed Care

We cannot hope to heal the clients we serve if we do not first heal the environments in which they receive care. A trauma-informed service setting is itself a community, and therefore as vulnerable to the effects of trauma, chronic stress and adversity as the patients/clients they treat. Successful trauma-informed interventions look at both clients and the organization itself as vulnerable to the effects of trauma.

For more information contact: Alicia Peak Sanctuary Institute Program Associate

Email:  Office Mobile: 914.327.9217