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Richard A. Desrochers Educational Center is a Regents accredited 7 -12 grade program by the New York State Department of Education offering all required classes for students to graduate with a Regents Diploma, a Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) credential or a Skills Achievement and Commencement Credential. 

Vanderheyden is proud to be Sanctuary Institute Certified

Sanctuary certification symbolizes an organization's commitment to providing a higher level of care, a trauma-sensitive environment for the people they serve and a better work environment for employees. Sanctuary certification requires re-evaluation every three years, as it is designed to promote, sustain and strengthen an organization's commitment to the maintenance of a trauma informed culture for all of its stakeholders. The Sanctuary® Model is a blueprint for clinical and organizational change which, at its core, promotes safety and recovery from adversity through the active creation of a trauma-informed community. A recognition that trauma is pervasive in the experience of human beings forms the basis for the Sanctuary Model's focus not only on the people who seek treatment, but equally on the people and systems who provide that treatment.

The Seven Sanctuary Commitments - The set of values that Sanctuary outlines as a way to lead individuals and organizations away from trauma-reactive behaviors are the Seven Sanctuary Commitments. These commitments, adapted from work done in the UK by Therapeutic Communities, are defined as follows:

  • Commitment to Nonviolence: building and modeling safety skills
  • Commitment to Emotional Intelligence: teaching and modeling affect management skills
  • Commitment to Inquiry & Social Learning: building and modeling cognitive skills
  • Commitment to Shared Governance: creating and modeling civic skills of self-control, self-discipline, and administration of healthy authority
  • Commitment to Open Communication: overcoming barriers to healthy communication, reduce acting-out, enhance self-protective and self-correcting skills, teach healthy boundaries
  • Commitment to Social Responsibility: rebuilding social connection skills, establish healthy attachment relationships
  • Commitment to Growth and Change: restoring hope, meaning, purpose


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