Treatment of Complex Childhood Trauma: Fostering Resilience through Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC)

January 9-10, 2018

Presented by Margaret Blaustein, Ph.D.

This training will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 9-10, at the Justice Resource Institute, Inc., Corporate Training Space, located at 160 Gould Street, Needham, MA 02494.



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, 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 and anchored in the field of resilience, 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. The framework rests on 8 core targets of intervention which may be translated across service systems.

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.

Overarching course objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe three priority domains of intervention for youth and families exposed to complex trauma.
  • Participants will be able to identify and describe 8 core targets of intervention with trauma-impacted youth.
  • Participants will be able to describe at least one intervention technique and/or key subskill within each of the primary identified treatment targets.

*For further information about ARC, please visit


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 Division Director for Trauma 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.


Space in this workshop is limited for quality of training. Space in the workshop is limited to 60 participants. Once the limit has been reached, you will be notified that you have been put on a waiting list, and will receive a space on a first come, first served basis.


This training is appropriate for advanced, intermediate and beginning student/early career mental health clinicians (including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, master’s level counselors, clinical nurse specialists, marriage and family counselors and other providers who work with adults, children or families), allied professionals (including case managers, school personnel educational advocates, milieu personnel, social service organization administrators and leaders, state agency personnel, law enforcement, judicial personnel and advocates, early-interventionists, clergy, community-leaders and activists, and artists for change), and state agency personnel, behavioral health services administrators, faith-based, tribal and nonprofit organization leaders interested in applying trauma-informed principles toward enhancing trauma-informed systems for the individual, families and communities they serve in order to mobilize change, empower minds and bodies, ameliorate health disparities and reroute healthy life trajectories that have been disrupted by familial trauma, social adversity, chronic oppression and community violence.


The Justice Resource Institute (JRI) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. JRI maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

For information regarding the status of continuing education credits for Massachusetts social workers and licensed mental health counselors, please contact the Training Division administrative support staff.


If you are unable to attend the Training Institute, we will provide a full refund six weeks prior to the start date. If you cancel within six weeks but more than two weeks prior to the start date, we will provide a credit toward a future Training Institute workshop, less a $100 administrative fee. We must receive explicit notification of this cancellation, and credit must be used within one year of the original training date. We are unable to provide a refund or credit within two weeks of the start of the Training Institute.


January can be unpredictable in Massachusetts in regards to weather, so we recommend all participants look into insurance on their travel plans. If we cancel for weather, we will reschedule. In the instance of such cancelation, your registration will automatically transfer unless you cannot attend the rescheduled dates, in which case you will receive a credit for a future training.

Presenter: Margaret E. Blaustein, Ph.D.

Dates: Tuesday and Wednesday, January 9-10, 2018

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location: 160 Gould Street, Needham, MA 02494


  • 2-Day Training: $380.00

*We provide discounts to students and groups.

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.

Registration is now CLOSED.

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*Students must provide proof of school registration. A group is considered three or more people from the same organization and proof of non-profit status must be provided.