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Understanding & Treating Complex Trauma in Children & Adolescents: The Attachment, Self-Regulation & Competency (ARC) Approach

10.50 CE Hours Available

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Offer Price$141.30
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Offer Price$159.30
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Streaming Video
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This program addresses a range of challenging ethical and problematic clinical situations frequently encountered in mental health practice.


Participants will be able to describe:

  • Key elements of complex developmental trauma and proposed diagnostic criteria
  • Prevalence and societal cost of childhood trauma exposure
  • Core components of complex trauma treatment
  • Key domains of functioning impacted by complex trauma, and relevance to current behavioral functioning
  • How to use specific trauma-informed strategies relevant to their professional discipline and area of practice


Overview of Complex Trauma

  • Distinction between complex and acute trauma exposure
  • Prevalence of complex trauma and societal costs

Impact of Complex Trauma

  • Attachment as the foundation for competency and resilience
  • Developmental impact of complex trauma

Trauma Diagnosis

  • Prevalent Diagnoses in children and adolescents who have experienced complex trauma
  • PTSD Diagnosis
  • A new lens: Developmental Trauma Disorder

Assessment and Treatment

  • Assessment Tools and Strategies
  • Core components of complex trauma intervention

ARC Treatment Framework: Attachment

  • How to help children/adolescents who have been trained to fear relationships feel safe
  • How to really listen to the messages children/adolescents send

ARC Treatment Framework: Self Regulation

  • Teaching children/adolescents to know what they feel.
  • Teaching children/adolescents to feel what they feel.
  • Teaching children/adolescents to say what they feel.

Case Application

  • Identifying primary treatment targets when working with complex cases
  • Putting knowledge into practice

Vicarious Trauma and Self Care

  • Re-enactment Cycle
  • Stepping out of the Cycle: self care strategies