Treatment of Complex Childhood Trauma: The Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) Framework

Presenter: Margaret Blaustein, Ph.D.

Dates: January 29-30, 2014

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

Location: Holiday Inn, Brookline, MA

Costs: Full 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) (Kinnibrugh & 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.


  • 1) Participants will be able to describe three priority domains of intervention for youth and families exposed to complex trauma.
  • 2) Participants will be able to identify 10 core targets of intervention with trauma-impacted youth.
  • 3) Participants will be able to describe at least one intervention technique within each of the primary identified treatment domains.

About the Presenter: Margaret E. Blaustein, Ph.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist whose career has focused on the understanding and treatment of complex childhood trauma and its sequelae. With an emphasis on the importance of understanding the child-, the family-, and the provider-in-context, her study has focused on identification and translation of key principles of intervention across treatment settings, building from the foundational theories of childhood development, attachment, and traumatic stress. With Kristine Kinniburgh, Dr. Blaustein is co-developer of the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) treatment framework (Kinniburgh & Blaustein, 2005), and co-author of the text, Treating Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents: Fostering Resilience through Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competence (Blaustein & Kinniburgh, 2010). She has provided extensive training and consultation to providers within the US and abroad. Dr. Blaustein is currently the Director of Training and Education at The Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, MA, and is actively involved in local, regional, and national collaborative groups dedicated to the empathic, respectful, and effective provision of services to this population.

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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 (must register before January 10th):

Group/Student Rate: $333:

Early Bird Group/Student Rate: $315 (must register before January 10th):