ARC, Telehealth, and COVID-19

In the wake of the numerous changes in provision of mental health, social, and educational services brought on by the worldwide response to the novel coronavirus, we have received numerous questions regarding implementation of ARC, and trauma-informed practice in general, within the current climate. In response, we have developed a brief guide to support providers who may be working via telehealth, as well as to support families who are navigating a very changed landscape. We will also be posting a small selection of existing handouts and other resources that may be particularly useful during this time.

Implementation Considerations for ARC and ARC Grow

This brief handout provides some considerations and recommendations for ways to support engagement, relationship, regulation, and competency, as well as links to concrete resources for providers and for families.

Miscellaneous ARC handouts and resources

These handouts may be particularly useful for providers and families during this time of physical distancing.

Recommended Resources and Websites

Many excellent resources exist for supporting youth, families, and practitioners in understanding and addressing the impact of coronavirus, and of service provision during this time. Below are links to resources which may be helpful.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network:

Fact Sheet: Supporting children during coronavirus – available here

Fact Sheet: Helping children with traumatic grief or separation – available here

Parent / caregiver guide to coping, available here

Handout: Simple activities for children and adolescents, available here

Numerous additional resources developed by the NCTSN are listed and available for download here

Piplo Productions / NCTSN

Children’s Book and associated parent / provider resources: Trinka and Sam and the Big Virus . Materials are available for download here

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Resources from many professional organizations have been linked and/or posted here . The majority are intended for providers, but several resources for families are listed as well.

Complex Trauma

This site includes a great deal of information on complex trauma in youth and adults, including newly developed resources on the coronavirus impact. Information on coping strategies in the face of the pandemic for youth who have experienced complex trauma is available in English, Spanish, and French here .

Teaching Tolerance

An excellent article on trauma-informed approaches to teaching through the coronavirus is available here