Full Course Description
Certificate Course: ARC Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents
- Analyze the meaning of complex trauma and communicate three consequences of early complex trauma exposure.
- Analyze the role of routines in the caregiving system to enhance a child’s felt safety and stability, and specify why this is important in treatment.
- Characterize how the core attachment targets of ARC apply to the participant and/or providers within the participant’s system.
- Articulate at least one aspect of self and identity that may be impacted in trauma-exposed youth.
- Determine how caregiver ability to identify their own responses to trauma reactions is critical to the recovery process in children who have experienced trauma.
- Employ techniques that enable caregivers to depersonalize trauma-driven behaviors and reframe responses to trauma reactions.
- Characterize at least two patterns of youth dysregulation, including function of the adaptation.
- Employ strategies for teaching children to identify physiological responses to stress to help them understand and regulate the arousal response.
- Employ exercises to help traumatized children identify safe resources and develop effective communication skills.
- Support how consistent emotional responses from caregivers can help establish secure attachment.
- Determine how self-identity can be developed through exercises that establish positive self-recognition and a future orientation.
- Specify how activities that target executive function can be incorporated into trauma treatment to improve impulse control and build problem solving and negotiating skills.
THE ARC TREATMENT FRAMEWORK
Build a Foundation for Treatment
How to Foster Attachment: Work with the Caregiver System to Build a Safe-Enough Container
- Tune into engagement
- Factors that affect engagement in trauma treatment
- Strategies to support child, caregiver, and provider engagement
- The role of education
- Tune in to the role of education in thoughtful trauma intervention
- Use of routines and rhythms to build safety and support goals
- Strategies to increase felt safety through predictability
- Build self-regulation with daily routines
- Use of structures to support treatment goals
Regulation: Manage Out of Control Emotions and Reduce Difficult Behaviors
- Manage caregiver responses to trauma reactions
- The cycle of dysregulation between child and caregiver
- Tools to help caregivers to recognize their own emotions
- Address feelings of helplessness, inadequacy and rejection
- Approaches and techniques to teach caregivers to:
- Identify their triggers
- Depersonalize trauma driven behaviors
- Cognitively reframe responses to trauma reactions
- Use self-talk to counter self-blame
- Handle “button-pushing” behavior
- Attunement strategies for positive attachment
- Learn the emotional language of kids who have experienced trauma
- Become a “Feeling Detective” to read emotional cues
- Identify child’s trauma triggers and responses
- 5 steps to master reflective listening – help kids feel heard
- The power of building effective responses in establishing secure attachment
- Use attunement skills to understand behaviors
- Identify the “go-to’s” of behavior response
- Experiment purposefully with other strategies
Competency: Build Resilience and Establish Identity and Sense of Self
- Identify triggers and emotional responses
- Use labeling to raise awareness of feelings
- How feelings show up in thoughts, behaviors and the body
- Where feelings and body states come from
- Modulate emotion and the body’s alarm system
- ”Feelings Toolkit” for emotional experience tolerance
- Teach kids to understand degrees of feeling
- Connect children to their bodies
- Understand and regulate the arousal response
- Explore relationships and build connections
- Help children understand the role of relationships
- Identify safe resources and healthy relationships
- Approaches to develop effective communication skills
- Strengthening executive functions
- Ways to build problem solving and negotiation skills
- Impulse control exercises
- Self-identity developments
- How to explore individuality
- Techniques to establish positive self-recognition
- Contextual aspects of self and identity
- Approaches to develop future orientation
- Trauma Experience Integration
- Understand state-based treatment
- The role of the core ARC targets in integrating traumatic experiences