• July/August 2018
  • Vol. 19, No. 6

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Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) Reflections Training Program

Foster parents, kin, and other caregivers play an important role in supporting children and youth who have been exposed to complex trauma. Therefore, it is important for them to learn how trauma can affect children in foster care and develop the skills to give these children the support they need.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation created a resilience-based training program that child welfare agencies can use to train foster parents so they may better care for children who have experienced trauma. Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) Reflections is a nine-session program that covers the following:

  • Understanding trauma
  • Understanding and addressing behavior
  • Identifying and managing feelings
  • Cultivating connections
  • Learning to identify body language
  • Practicing and teaching self-regulation
  • Responding to behavior appropriately
  • Supporting identify development
  • Supporting transitions

ARC Reflections provides PowerPoint slides and a guide for facilitators for each session. There are accompanying resources for facilitators, such as an implementation guide that acts as a primer for child welfare agencies, an orientation document that provides handouts and implementation tips, and a guide for case managers to support staff as they learn ARC concepts.

All materials for the training program can be found at http://www.aecf.org/work/child-welfare/child-welfare-strategy-group/arc-reflections-training-program/.

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