ARC Reflections

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ARC Reflections currently has a provisional rating for the 60 days between: May 30, 2018 and July 29, 2018. If you would like to respond to the Scientific Rating, please submit feedback via the Contact Us page.

About This Program

Target Population: Foster and other resource caregivers for youth age birth-18 years

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 18

Brief Description

ARC Reflections is a skills-building curriculum for foster and other resource caregivers, with an emphasis on building trauma-informed capacities in the child welfare resource caregiver community. Based on the core Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) framework, ARC Reflections emphasizes understanding and responding to youth behavior from a trauma-informed lens, development of safe caregiving relationships, support for youth regulation, and the caregiver role in facilitating developmental competency.

Program Goals:

The goals of ARC Reflections are:

  • Increase trauma knowledge including understanding of ways children’s historical experiences impact and influence current behaviors and relationships
  • Increase positive relational connection and ability to build and sustain positive relationships with trauma-impacted youth in foster care
  • Increase affect tolerance such as the capacity to understand and address the foster parent’s own understandable emotional responses to youth behaviors and needs, and to the broad experience of foster parenting
  • Increase attunement skills such as the capacity to read and respond effectively to youth communications and needs
  • Ability to demonstrate trauma-informed behavior response skills including the ability to engage trauma-informed responses to youth behaviors
  • Ability to demonstrate youth regulation support skills such as building and supporting the foster child’s ability to label, tolerate, and regulate emotional and physiological experience
  • Ability to demonstrate youth identity development support including understanding and using a skill set for supporting all aspects of youth identity development
  • Help facilitate positive transitions by understanding of the impact of youth transitions on both caregivers and youth in foster care, and consideration of the skills required to support positive transitions

Contact Information

Margaret Blaustein, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Center for Trauma Training

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: May 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2018