Sanctuary Institute: Faculty

Joseph Benamati

Senior Faculty

Dr. Joseph Benamati was trained as a medic during Vietnam and served in a military hospital treating active duty personnel suffering from war trauma (PTSD). For the past 40 years he has worked in children's mental health and child welfare positions. He has worked with adjudicated youth, inpatient mental health, autistic and developmentally delayed youth, all having been traumatized by their experiences and needing a safe and healing environment. He is the author of START (Systematic Training to Assist in the Recovery from Trauma). He is an affiliate member of the National Childhood Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), past Steering Committee member and the co-chair of the NCTSN national juvenile justice Treatment Workgroup. Dr. Benamati is the mental health officer for the Town of Stillwater, NY Emergency Preparedness Committee where he assists the committee in planning for the mental health needs of the community in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. Presently he is a senior faculty member for the Sanctuary Institute as a consultant to the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) juvenile justice division and a consultant to Sanctuary agencies around the United States.