Sanctuary Model Supervision: Reflections and Implications for the Music Therapy Profession




Supervision, Sanctuary Model, Trauma Informed Supervision, Internship


This paper outlines The Sanctuary Model from the perspective of two former music therapy interns who completed their internship at a Sanctuary Certified residential psychiatric treatment facility for children and adolescents in the midwest. Both writers reflect on their experiences with supervision within this model as supervisees and board-certified music therapists. Strengths of this model such as creating a common language with which to process clinical phenomena, formation of better, more equitable interpersonal relationships between the supervisee and supervisor, and the emphasis on parallel processes are all unique aspects of this model. Discussions of Sanctuary Model supervision’s value in music therapy clinical supervision are included.
Keywords: Supervision, Sanctuary Model, Trauma-Informed Supervision, Internship

Author Biographies

Alex Peuser, MM, MT-BC, Adler University

Alex Peuser is a recent Master of Music graduate of Colorado State University and a board-certified music therapist. Alex is also a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Adler University.

Kailey Campbell, MA, MT-BC, Truman Medical Centers/University Health, Kansas City, Missouri

Kailey Campbell is a recent Master of Arts graduate of the University of Iowa and a board-certified music therapist in Behavioral Health Acute Care at Truman Medical Centers/University Health in Kansas City, Missouri.



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How to Cite

Peuser, A., & Kailey Campbell. (2022). Sanctuary Model Supervision: Reflections and Implications for the Music Therapy Profession. Dialogues in Music Therapy Education, 2(1), 90–111.