BA, Psychology, Gettysburg College; MD, Temple University School of Medicine
Dr. Sandra L. Bloom is a Board-Certified psychiatrist, graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and recently was awarded the Temple University School of Medicine Alumni Achievement Award. In addition to her faculty position at the School of Public Health at Drexel, she is President of CommunityWorks, an organizational consulting firm committed to the development of nonviolent environments. Dr. Bloom currently serves as Distinguished Fellow of the Andrus Children’s Center in Yonkers, NY.
From 1980-2001, Dr. Bloom served as Founder and Executive Director of the Sanctuary programs, inpatient psychiatric programs for the treatment of trauma-related emotional disorders. n partnership with Andrus Children’s Center, Dr. Bloom has established a training institute, the Sanctuary Leadership Development Institute, to train a wide variety of programs in the Sanctuary Model®. The Sanctuary Model® is being applied in residential and multi-service treatment programs for children, inpatient mental health programs, schools, domestic violence shelters, group homes, homeless shelters, juvenile justice programs, schools and communities across the United States and internationally.
Dr. Bloom is a Past-President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. In 1998, under the auspices of Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility, she co-authored the first book to look at the whole issue of trauma as a major public health problem, Bearing Witness: Violence and Collective Responsibility (Haworth Press). She is author or co-author of a series of books on trauma-informed care: Creating Sanctuary: Toward the Evolution of Sane Societies published in 1997 with a second edition in 2013; Destroying Sanctuary: The Crisis in Human Delivery Service Systems published by Oxford University Press in 2010 and Restoring Sanctuary: A New Operating System for Trauma-Informed Systems of Care, published by Oxford University Press in 2013.
Bloom, S.L., Farragher, B., Restoring Sanctuary: A New Operating System for Trauma-Informed Organizations, (2013) New York: Oxford University Press
Bloom, S.L., Creating Sanctuary: Toward the Evolution of Sane Societies, Second Edition, (2013) New York: Routledge
Paperback Edition: Destroying Sanctuary: The Crisis in Human Service Delivery. Co-authored with B. Farragher. (2013) New York: Oxford University Press
Destroying Sanctuary: The Crisis in Human Service Delivery. Co-authored with B. Farragher. (2010) New York: Oxford University Press
Loss, Hurt and Hope: The Complex Issues of Bereavement, Trauma and Children, (2007). L. Vargas and S. L. Bloom, Editors. United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Bearing Witness: Trauma and Collective Responsibility. (1998). Coauthored with Michael Reichert for Philadelphia Chapter Physicians for Social Responsibility, Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.
Creating Sanctuary: Toward the Evolution of Sane Societies. (1997). New York: Routledge.