Attachment, Regulation and Competency

What is a Provider?

ARC for Individual Providers

What is a Provider?

There are many different kinds of providers, or helping professionals, who have been trained in ARC.  We consider a provider to be any individual who is working to support a child, adolescent, family, or system. Providers may include:

  • Therapists
  • Counselors
  • Psychiatrists
  • Primary care physicians, nurses, and other medical personnel
  • Foster or resource caregivers
  • Teachers
  • Milieu / direct care staff
  • Case Managers
  • Mentors
  • Probation officers
  • Legal professionals
  • and many others

Particularly for children and adolescents who have experienced traumatic stress, and who may be involved with many different service and caregiving systems, there are often a large number of individuals who may be influential in that child’s life. Because of that, we view intervention as being a collaborative effort, and strongly believe that children and adolescents have their best opportunity for healthy outcomes when they are surrounded by a supportive and supported team.

How Does a Provider Use ARC?

Providers may use ARC very differently, depending on their background, training, and context.  Mental health providers are most likely to use ARC as a clinician intervention, to guide therapy with individual clients, with parents or other caregivers, and with family systems.  Providers may use ARC in outpatient / office-based settings, in community-based settings such as schools, in homes, or in more intensive treatment settings like residential programs or inpatient hospitals.

Allied providers (such as teachers, administrators, case managers, and probation officers) may integrate ARC concepts into their approach to working with children and families; into their understanding of child and family intervention needs; and into the ways they support their own understanding of trauma impact.

To better understand what ARC implementation looks like in various contexts, it may be useful to read about examples of different types of ARC implementation projects here.


Provider Resource of the Month

We are pleased to share the launch of SMARTMoves, the new source for training and information in Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment. Developed by highly respected colleagues, SMART offers a physiologically-based approach to intervention with youth impacted by complex trauma, and has been successfully used by many of our partner programs to support their work. For further information, please visit their website here  .  



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