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Certificate Course: ARC Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Establish the meaning of complex trauma and communicate three consequences of early complex trauma exposure.
  2. Explore 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.
  3. Characterize how the core attachment targets of ARC apply to the participant and/or providers within the participant’s system.
  4. Articulate at least one aspect of self and identity that may be impacted in trauma-exposed youth.
  5. Determine how caregiver ability to identify their own responses to trauma reactions is critical to the recovery process in children who have experienced trauma.
  6. Employ techniques that enable caregivers to depersonalize trauma-driven behaviors and reframe responses to trauma reactions.
  7. Characterize at least two patterns of youth dysregulation, including function of the adaptation.
  8. Establish how strategies for teaching children to identify physiological responses to stress can help them understand and regulate the arousal response.
  9. Employ exercises to help traumatized children identify safe resources and develop effective communication styles.
  10. Support how consistent emotional responses from caregivers can help establish secure attachment.
  11. Determine how self-identity can be developed through exercises that establish positive self-recognition and a future orientation.
  12. Specify how activities that target executive function can be incorporated into trauma treatment to improve impulse control and build problem solving and negotiating skills.

Outline

THE ARC TREATMENT FRAMEWORK
Build a Foundation for Treatment

  • 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
How to Foster Attachment: Work with the Caregiver System to Build a Safe-Enough Container
  • 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
Regulation: Manage Out of Control Emotions and Reduce Difficult Behaviors
  • 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
Competency: Build Resilience and Establish Identity and Sense of Self
  • 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

Copyright : 03/08/2018