At Florence Crittenton, our focus is on healing the wounds of the past and providing hope for the future. It is our belief that personal experience impacts behavior, emotional control, and interpersonal relatedness. It is through the interpretations we make of our experience that we come to understand ourselves and others. Psychological distress, interpersonal strife, maladaptive behavior, and trauma influence an individual’s overall ability to relate within the world. As a result, one’s ability to feel safe and connect to others can be affected.
Florence Crittenton has made an organizational commitment to provide trauma informed care. This commitment lends to treatment that incorporates the following three components:
- An appreciation for the high prevalence of traumatic experiences in persons who receive mental health services.
- A thorough understanding of the profound neurological, biological, psychological and social effects of trauma and violence on the individual and
- Care that addresses these effects is collaborative, supportive and skill–based.
The Sanctuary Model represents a theory–based, trauma–informed, evidence–supported, whole culture approach that has a clear and structured methodology for creating or changing an organizational culture.
A growing body of research and practical experience shows that young women in treatment for substance abuse, trauma, and/or involvement in the juvenile justice system have different circumstances and needs than their male counterparts.
Gender–responsive treatment recognizes and responds to the unique needs, challenges and strengths of women and girls. Florence Crittenton provides a multi–dimensional program addressing women specific issues, such as addiction and chemical dependency, domestic violence, sexual abuse, pregnancy, parenting, relationships and connectivity.
What is the mind–body connection?
This means that our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and attitudes can positively or negatively affect our biological functioning. In other words, our minds can affect how healthy our bodies are!
On the other hand, what we do with our physical body (what we eat, how much we exercise, even our posture) can impact our mental state (again positively or negatively). This results in a complex interrelationship between our minds and bodies.
Mind–body specialist Dr. James Gordon states that the mind and body are essentially inseparable: "the brain and peripheral nervous system, the endocrine and immune systems, and indeed, all the organs of our body and all the emotional responses we have, share a common chemical language and are constantly communicating with one another."
Assumptions of the biopsychosocial model
- Psychological and physiological processes are closely interrelated.
- Any imbalance in these processes may lead to ill health.
- Relationships between psychological and biological variables are generally bidirectional.
- Health outcomes may be altered via appropriately designed interventions.