ARC Randomized Controlled Trial

Participate in a Child Trauma Treatment Study

We are now recruiting children and adolescents with a history of complex trauma and their caregivers to participate in a multi-year, multi-site, community-effectiveness based randomized controlled trial of the Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) framework. This research study will examine the effectiveness of ARC compared to treatment as usual (TAU) at three community based outpatient clinics in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Enrolled participants will receive either ARC or TAU at one of three study sites:

1. Everett, MA: Eliot Community Human Services Outpatient Clinic

2. Framingham, MA: South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc. (SMOC)

3. Taunton, MA: Community Counseling of Bristol County, Inc. (CCBC)

Treatment will be provided through typical health insurance coverage/reimbursement.

In addition, all participants will be compensated financially for completing research study evaluations.

We are looking for children and adolescents:

  • Ages 8-16
  • With a history of overwhelming or traumatic life experiences
  • Who are actively seeking treatment for behavioral, emotional, or other functional difficulties which make daily life a challenge
  • Who have current health insurance or self-pay eligibility for treatment as required by the study sites
  • Who have a legal guardian who is able to provide consent (i.e., DCF cannot be the legal guardian)
  • Who can participate in research study evaluations at four time points, and weekly therapy at one of the three study sites

Participation in the research study involves:

1. Completing a phone screen with the Project Coordinator

2. Completing a baseline evaluation which includes 3-4 hours of interviews (children and caregivers will be interviewed separately), computer tasks, and paper-pencil questionnaires

3. Participating in weekly therapy (24 sessions of ARC or TAU over 6-7 months)

4. Completing research study evaluations at four time points (at baseline, after 12 weeks of treatment, after 24 weeks of treatment, and 6 months after treatment ends)

All research study evaluations and therapy sessions will take place at one of the three study sites (see contact information and study site addresses below).


Research supports the importance of therapeutic services for children and adolescents who have experienced complex trauma, and for their adult caregivers. It is anticipated that all children and families participating in this study, whether receiving ARC or TAU, will receive benefits from treatment, which may include:

  • Improved behavioral functioning
  • Decreased symptoms of PTSD
  • Improved caregiver capacities and well-being

Participants will also contribute to the scientific literature by improving our understanding of the specific advantages and disadvantages of particular mental health treatments for children and adolescents exposed to complex trauma.

Participants will be compensated up to a total of $350 for their participation in this research study.

To learn more about participation in this research study, please contact:

Study Hub: The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute

Katie McCarthy, Ph.D.
Project Coordinator
1269 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446
617-232-1303 x2020

To begin the intake process for treatment services, please contact:

Everett Site:
Ann Fitzgerald, LICSW
Eliot Community Human Services Outpatient Clinic
173 Chelsea Street
Everett, MA 02149

Framingham Site:
Jamie Amaral, LMHC
South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc. (SMOC)
298 Howard Street
Framingham, MA 01702
508-879-2250 x3116

Taunton Site:
Karen Turner, LMHC
Community Counseling of Bristol County, Inc. (CCBC)
One Washington Street
Taunton, MA 02780

To view or print a flyer for the Child Trauma Treatment Study, CLICK HERE.

To learn more about ARC, CLICK HERE.


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