The same dynamic conference now online

Sanctuary Network Days 2021:
Virtual Conference
Honoring the Past, Envisioning the Future

White Plains, NY
May 5-7, 2021

Our theme this year focuses on the sharing of transformative experiences and strategies among our global network agencies in the practice of the Sanctuary Model®. Organizational leaders, educators, and their communities will gain opportunities to connect, reflect, explore and provide hope and envision the future with the application of various trauma-responsive practices to navigate  our global crisis during rich and dynamic workshop sessions.

Join us, be inspired as you learn about current research and practices to help our children, families, communities, and stakeholders in promoting healing, restoration and building resiliency!

Register Now to ensure your organization’s attendance.

Please note only credits will be honored to individuals unable to attend an event. If you are unable to attend an event, kindly reach out to Keisha Oxford at

Questions and Answers for Purchase Order Registration, please contact:
Keisha N. Oxford
Director of Business Operations at the Sanctuary Institute

Sanctuary Institute Background

The Sanctuary Institute, a division of ANDRUS in Yonkers, NY provides training and consultation services to the organizations that work with vulnerable adults, children and families with an aim to help an agency’s leaders reclaim a culture of hope and innovation. The Sanctuary Institute’s transformational process requires deep commitment, but rewards participants with powerful and measurable organizational change.

This transformational process emerged from a collaborative effort between Dr. Sandra Bloom and ANDRUS.

ANDRUS has a longstanding history in the New York metropolitan area for excellence in a range of services to children and families. In early 2001, the campus programs became a proving ground for a trauma-informed organizational and environment-based care intervention called the Sanctuary Model. Within five years of introducing the model on campus, ANDRUS‘ leadership partnered with Sanctuary founder, Dr. Sandra Bloom, and her colleagues from Philadelphia to construct a training institute that would offer the Sanctuary Model to other human service organizations. The early successes of training and coaching other agencies to use Sanctuary sparked the birth of what is now the Sanctuary Institute.

Our annual conference is in support of our global network that have embraced and practiced the Model to create organizational change. How will you impact your environment and reclaim a culture of hope and innovation!


The first 50 registrants get a swag.

Registration Cost– $219 per person
Groups of 5 or more use promo code ND2021 for a 10% discount.

Register Now to ensure your organization’s attendance.

Questions and Answers for Purchase Order Registration, please contact:

Keisha N. Oxford:

Director of Business Operations at the Sanctuary Institute

Keynote Speaker for Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Vincent Felitti

Co-Principal Investigator, the Adverse Childhood Experiences (Ace) Study

A renowned physician and researcher, Dr. Vincent J. Felitti is one of the world’s foremost experts on childhood trauma. Leading the charge in research into how adverse childhood experiences affect adults, he is co-principal investigator of the internationally recognized Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, a long-term, in-depth, analysis of over 17,000 adults. Defying conventional belief, this study famously revealed a powerful relationship between our emotional experiences as children and our physical and mental health as adults. In fact, the ACE study shows that humans convert childhood traumatic emotional experiences into organic disease later in life. Revolutionary at its inception, Felitti’s groundbreaking research remains extremely relevant to today’s healthcare models.

Founder of the Department of Preventive Medicine for Kaiser Permanente, Felitti served as the chief of preventive medicine for over 25 years. Under Dr. Felitti’s leadership, his department provided comprehensive medical evaluations to 1.1 million individuals, becoming the largest single-site medical evaluation facility in the western world. During this time, Felitti’s revolutionary health risk abatement programs incorporated weight loss, smoking cessation, stress management, and a wide range of cutting-edge efforts to reduce patient risk factors. Dr. Felitti is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, and a Fellow of The American College of Physicians. He is currently Senior Editor of The Permanente Journal and on the International Editorial Board of the Swiss medical journal, Trauma und Gewalt. Dr. Felitti has served on advisory committees of the Institute of Medicine, the American Psychiatric Association, the Committee of the Secretary of Health and Human Services for Healthy People 2020, and the Advisory Committee on Women’s Services at SAMHSA. A noted expert on the genetic disease hemochromatosis, as well as obesity, he educates audiences around the country on these two very common, deadly maladies.

An engaging speaker, Felitti has traveled the world speaking with audiences and various policy leaders about his research. A well versed medical expert, Felitti also uses his knowledge to speak out against domestic violence and other forms of childhood trauma. Drawing on his years of experience, he has become an important voice advocating for the wellbeing of children everywhere. While time may not heal all wounds, Felitti helps show audiences how we can understand these physical and mental traumas, and ultimately, prevent them.

Call for Proposals

As a member of the Sanctuary Network of practice, we invite you to submit proposals for workshops for the Sanctuary Network Conference being held from May 5 – 7, 2021.  These workshops should be relevant to the field of Trauma Informed Care and should highlight experiences, innovations, and practical strategies exemplifying the uses of the Sanctuary Model that would be interesting and applicable to organizations as they implement and sustain the Sanctuary Model.

This year’s theme for Network Days is Honoring the Past, Envisioning the Future. As such, we welcome proposals for workshops that will support this year’s theme and emphasizes the transformative nature of the Sanctuary Model.

As you plan and prepare your proposal, please keep in mind that the workshops are 60 minutes each, and presenters should include time within this window to allow for attendee questions.

Proposals will be evaluated by the Workshop Committee (a representative group of Sanctuary Network Members and Sanctuary faculty members).  Evaluators will independently review each proposal and provide a total score based on:

  • Relevance to the Sanctuary Model
  • Experiential and engaging nature of workshop design and content
  • Applicability and usefulness of information to others in the Network

An average of the evaluators’ scores will be assigned to the proposal and those with the highest scores will be selected for presentation after Committee consensus. It should be noted that each Sanctuary Network organization may submit up to three proposals. While an organization may have more than one proposal selected, the goal is to provide a diverse representative selection of workshops from across the Sanctuary Network.  

To be considered you must submit all required information with your Proposal, including your bio (about 100 words), headshot (for each presenter) and your credentials

Directions for Submission:

Applicants may submit their proposals online at The Sanctuary Institute Proposal Submission Proposal must submit through the portal by 11:59 pm EST on Monday, March 22, 2021. 

Award Nominations

The Sanctuary Institute would like to recognize you for your outstanding service with the Spirit of Sanctuary Award during the conference at Network Days 2021.

This year we have two awards:

Dr. Joseph A. Benamati, Jr., Spirit of Sanctuary Awards

The Dr. Joseph A. Benamati, Jr. Spirit of Sanctuary Awards will be given to individuals who exemplify the Sanctuary commitments and values, so powerfully demonstrated through the life of Dr. Joseph A. Benamati, Jr., Senior Faculty at the Sanctuary Institute, who passed in 2019.

Individuals who are nominated for this award would be described as kind, compassionate, trustworthy, humble, capable, ethical, brave, and generous. The award recipients also work to create a safe haven for colleagues and/or clients, who approach their work from a place of curiosity and support rather than judgement and are dedicated to motivating others for positive change in their communities. These are all qualities that were embodied by Dr. Benamati and the recipients of this award would also embody these world-changing characteristics.

Indirect Staff – Employees who contribute to and support their organization in roles such as Human Resources, IT, Finance, Operations, Facilities, Food Services and the like.

Direct Staff Employees who contribute to and support their organization in roles such as Therapist, Counselors, Case Workers, Residential Staff, Nurses, Prescribers, and the like.

Please take a few moments to think about a deserving employee in your organization and submit the nomination form below. Please send your nomination by March 15, 2021. Decisions will be made by March 25th, 2021.

Award Nomination Form

Nominee Information

Please use the space below to describe your reasons for this nomination. This description will be printed in the conference brochure. Give specific examples of how this person meets the criteria and include any materials that support the nomination. (Feel free to submit a video supporting your nomination).

Include a Video about your Nomination
You can also use the upload field below to provide a brief video about your nomination. Maximum file size for uploads is 64 MB. So please only provide short videos of around 1 minute maximum.

Your Information


Conference participants may attend any session with available seating. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no advanced reservations. Please customize the sessions you are interested in on our Conference App-Eventdex by adding them to your schedule in the App.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

6:30am -7:15amSpecial Event
7:30am-5:00pmRegistration and SELFing Station Open
8:00am -9:00amBreakfast
9:00am-9:30amConference Welcome
9:30am-10:45amKeynote Speaker
11:00am-12:15pmWorkshop Session A
12:30pm - 1:45pmLunch
2:00pm - 3:15pmWorkshop Session B
3:30pm – 4:45pmWorkshop Session C
5:00pm-6:30pmSpecial Event

Thursday, May 6, 2021

6:30am -7:15amSpecial Event
7:30am-5:00pmRegistration and SELFing Station Open
8:00am – 9:00amBreakfast
9:15am-10:30amKeynote Speaker
10:45am –12:00nWorkshop Session D
1:30pm-2:30pmSpecial Event
2:45pm-4:00pmWorkshop Session E
4:15pm-5:30pmSpecial Event

Friday, May 7, 2021

6:30am -7:15amSpecial Event
7:30am-1:00pmSELFing Station Open
8:00am – 9:00amBreakfast
9:15am-9:45amSpecial Event
10:00am –11:45amWorkshop Session F

Schedule subject to change.

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Hotel Accommodations

Crowne Plaza
66 Hale Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601

Use Code AN8 for Special Network Days Rates


Feel like royalty in our deluxe rooms with one king bed or two double beds, featuring our Sleep Advantage® bedding, satellite cable TV with pay-per-view movies, high-speed wireless Internet, and many extras like a CD player and premium bath amenities. King or Double Beds With Duvets In-room Video Checkout Complimentary Bath Amenities.

Rates for $149
Amenity Fee is not applicable to Group reservations. This will be adjusted at check-in.
Refundable if cancel 48 hours prior to arrival.

Overnight Hotel Self-Parking $12.00
Daily Rate $7.00

These competitive rates are available through March 19, 2021.

There is a complimentary shuttle to and from Westchester Airport from 6AM to 10PM on the hour to the hotel. For more information, you can contact the hotel at 914-682-0050.

Airport Shuttle

For Crowne Plaza Only: There is a complimentary shuttle to and from Westchester Airport from 6AM to 10PM on the hour to the hotel. For more information, you can contact the hotel at 914-682-0050.


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Julia Dyckman Andrus Memorial, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0394.


If you are a Non New York State LMSW or MSW holder a Certificate of Attendance is also available.

 Open Yoga Classes

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White Plains BID

We have partnered with the White Plains Business Improvement District (BID) to enhance your experience during the Conference. Here is a list of area restaurants — some within walking distance of the hotel.

Also visit the Crowne Plaza website to other resources.

Visit the Westchester Mall

A 3 minute walk from the Crowne

Featured Stores/Restaurants
– Burberry
– Coach
– Cole Haan
– Juice Generation
– Red Door Spa-Elizabeth Arden
– Louis Vuitton
– Neiman Marcus
– Nordstrom
– P.F Chang’s Bistro
– Salvatore Ferragamo
– Starbucks
– Tiffany & Co.
– Tory Burch

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