Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) [Trauma Treatment - Client-Level Interventions (Child & Adolescent)]

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About This Program

Target Population: Children/adolescents/young adults (0-21 years) who have experienced chronic/complex trauma and their caregiving systems (e.g., primary, resource, and/or others in their social environment)

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 21

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 21

Brief Description

ARC is a core components framework designed to support individual/familial/dyadic intervention with youth and families who have experienced complex trauma within a wide range of systems. The framework is organized around the core domains of attachment (e.g., building safe caregiving systems), regulation (e.g., supporting youth regulation across domains), and developmental competency (e.g., supporting factors associated with resilient outcomes). ARC concepts can be integrated into individual, group, dyadic, and familial therapy; caregiver supports; and provider supervision. ARC can also be used as a system-level trauma treatment program on its own or in combination with the client-level intervention, click here to go to the program’s entry in the Trauma Treatment-System Level Programs (Child & Adolescent) topic area.

Program Goals:

The goals for Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) [Trauma Treatment - Client-Level Interventions (Child & Adolescent)] are:

  • Integrate routine, rhythms, and structures into intervention approaches, child daily routine, and familial functioning to increase felt safety and support skill development
  • Support adult caregivers in understanding and managing their own responses to youth in their care, and in identifying and accessing appropriate support resources
  • Build caregiver capacity to effectively understand and respond to the needs driving youth behaviors
  • Support effective responses to youth behavior that are trauma-informed and that increase, rather than decrease, safety
  • Build child/adolescent understanding of emotional and physiological experience, including a language for experience and an ability to connect and contextualize emotional cues
  • Build child/adolescent ability to effectively manage and tolerate emotional and physiological experience, and support systems to facilitate this
  • Build child/adolescent ability to effectively share internal experience with others and sustain relational connections
  • Support children/adolescents in recognizing choice points, managing impulsive behaviors, and actively making choices
  • Support development of developmentally appropriate understanding of self, including unique characteristics and influences, coherence across time and situations, sources of efficacy and esteem, and future template
  • Support youth in reflecting upon, processing, and developing a narrative of traumatic experience, and integrating this into a coherent and comprehensive understanding of self

Contact Information

Margaret Blaustein, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute
Phone: (617) 232-1303
Fax: (617) 232-1280

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: April 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: June 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: August 2016