Fostering Resilience in Trauma-Impacted Youth and Families: The Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) Treatment Framework

Presenter: Margaret E. Blaustein, Ph.D.

Dates: August 25-26, 2014

Times: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. each day

Location: Holiday Inn, Brookline, MA

Costs: Regular Rate: $370; Early Bird Rate: $350; Group/Student Rate: $333; Early Bird Group/Student Rate: $315


As many as one in four youth will experience a potentially traumatic exposure, and many of these will be multiple or prolonged. The impact of these stressors is far-reaching, and often repeats across generations as yesterday’s impacted children become tomorrow’s parents and caregivers. Establishing effective practice for this population is a priority, but is challenging, given their diverse histories, their varied presentations, the multifaceted contextual, cultural, and developmental influences which shape them, and the wide range of systems within which they seek care.

The Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) (Kinniburgh & Blaustein, 2005; Blaustein & Kinniburgh, 2010) framework is a core-components treatment model, developed to provide a guiding framework for thoughtful clinical intervention with complexly traumatized youth and their caregiving systems. Drawing from the fields of trauma, attachment, and child development, the framework recognizes the importance of working with the child-in-context, of acknowledging the role of historical experiences and adaptive responses in current presentation, and of intervening with the surrounding environment – whether primary caregivers or treatment system – to support and facilitate the child’s healthy growth and development. Rather than identify step-by-step intervention strategies, the framework identifies 10 key “building blocks”, or intervention targets, key skills/goals within each domain, developmental and cultural considerations, and potential applications across settings.

In this workshop, we will examine the theoretical foundations underpinning this framework; build skills and knowledge in each identified treatment domain; and discuss case applications and considerations across contexts.

About the Presenter: Margaret E. Blaustein, Ph.D., is the Director of Training and Education at The Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, MA. Dr. Blaustein is a practicing clinical psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of complex childhood trauma. She is co-developer of the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC© Kinniburgh & Blaustein, 2005), treatment framework, designated a promising practice for treatment of childhood trauma by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and has provided extensive didactic and interactive training to clinicians, educators, professionals, and consumers regarding the impact of and intervention for childhood-onset trauma. In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Blaustein is involved in research on the impact of trauma on both children and adults, is a member of the Complex Trauma Taskforce of the NCTSN, and is past Chair of the Child Trauma Special Interest Group within the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS).

To enroll in this workshop, please be sure to submit both the Registration form as well as payment. If you prefer to enroll online using PayPal©, please use one of the following direct links.

Note that a group is considered 3+ individuals registering at the same time from the same agency. Students need to be enrolled in a degree-seeking program and have proof of that enrollment.

Full Rate: $370:

Early Bird Rate: $350: (deadline is July 25, 2014)

Group/Student Rate: $333:

Early Bird Group/Student Rate: $315 (deadline is July 25, 2014)