The University of Maine School of Social Work (SSW) faculty voted to approve the Sanctuary Model in the Spring of 2014. By embedding the Sanctuary Model in the curriculum and working towards Sanctuary certification, the SSW provides its students with a unique opportunity to be leaders in trauma-responsive practices. Students will not only understand the research behind trauma-responses, but will also be comfortable in their own trauma-responsive practice. As graduates, they will be fully trained in Sanctuary practices, understanding the Four Pillars of Sanctuary– Trauma Theory, the 7 Commitments, S.E.L.F. and the Sanctuary Toolkit. This provides SSW graduates with marketable skills they can immediately use, whether they find work in a public setting or in private practice, with any clients of any age or presenting concerns.