Skip to main content

Treating Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents: How to Foster Resilience Through Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency

To help ensure your CEs are relevant to your practice, we regularly retire courses that are no longer current. This course has been retired. It is no longer available.

We add new courses all the time. Try these categories:

About the Course

Grounded in theory and research on complex childhood traumas, this course examines “ARC,” a comprehensive framework for intervention with children and adolescents and their caregivers. With an emphasis on attachment, self-regulation, and competency (ARC), this course focuses on how to plan and organize individualized interventions that promote resilience, strengthen child-caregiver relationships, and restore developmental competencies undermined and weakened by chronic, multiple stressors and traumas. The course provides practical clinical tools that are applicable within a range of contexts; from an outpatient mental health setting to residential homes to schools. The text for this course provides 45 reproducible handouts, worksheets, and forms for working with children and caregivers.

This course is based on the book, Treating Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents: How to Foster Resilience Through Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency created by Margaret E. Blaustein, Ph.D. and Kristine M. Kinniburgh, LICSW in 2010.

Publication Date:

2010 Edition

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Margaret E. Blaustein, Ph.D.

Margaret E. Blaustein, Ph.D., a practicing clinical psychologist, is the Director of Training and Education at The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, MA. With Kristine Kinniburgh, she is the co-developer of the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency Framework.

Kristine M. Kinniburgh, LICSW

Kristine M. Kinniburgh, LICSW, is the former Director of Child and Adolescent Services at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, MA. She is a practicing clinical social worker and organizational consultant, working with agencies to integrate trauma-informed and trauma-specific practices into all facets of service delivery.

Course Creator

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, and social workers who seek knowledge about the impact of trauma on children and adolescents, children's behavior problems, and a range of intervention strategies. It is appropriate for all levels of participants' knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the ARC framework and how it can be utilized to work with children who have experienced trauma.
  2. Define the main concepts of the ARC framework: Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency.
  3. Explain the importance of attunement, caregiver management of affect, and consistent caregiver responses in the attachment process.
  4. Cite examples of the building blocks of self-regulation, including affect identification, modulation, and expression.
  5. Be able to show how strengthening executive functions and promoting self-development and identity help to restore basic competencies in children who have experienced trauma.
  6. Identify and understand the key developmental considerations involved in trauma work for early and middle childhood as well as adolescence.
  7. Identify various interventions used to help traumatized children and their caregivers.
  8. Differentiate between the authors' use of "trauma experience integration" and the "trauma processing model."

Disclosure to Learners

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

CE Learning Systems adheres to the ACCME's Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CE activity – including faculty, planners, reviewers, or others ― are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (formerly known as commercial interests).

The following relevant financial relationships have been disclosed by this activity's planners, faculty, and the reviewer:

Planners and Reviewers

The planners of this activity have reported that they have no relevant financial relationships.

Commercial support

There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

Exam Questions

All exam questions for the course are visible on this page for members of

Membership is free, and you can register today! You'll only pay when you're ready to purchase a course, or if you take advantage of the Unlimited Package.

If you're already a member, please sign in to see the exam questions for this and all other courses.

Discuss this course

You can share your thoughts about this course after you pass the exam.

Sign In or Register to get started.


  • Is this course approved for my continuing education requirements?

    Yes, most likely. Look Up Your State Board for more detailed information. Logged-in site members will see the relevant approval information displayed in the Approvals tab for every course.

  • Do you have accommodations for my disability (ADA)?

    If you are having trouble using, please contact us! We would be happy to accommodate your needs right away, and your input will help us make more accessible for future users too.

  • How do I enroll in this course?

    Use the Enroll In This Course button and just follow the instructions! You don't pay anything until you're ready to take an exam.

  • What do I have to do to complete the course?

    To complete the course, review the course objectives, then review the material, and then pass the exam with a score of 75% or greater and lastly complete an evaluation.

  • How do I access the materials?

    Most of our courses are based on online articles available for free to the public. Some courses, such as those based on books, require that you purchase the material. Use the Materials tab above for more info. You don't need to enroll in the course to access materials, whether free or paid. So you always know what you're getting into before you commit to taking the exam.

  • How do I get my certificate?

    Your certificate(s) will be available to download or email immediately when you pass the course exam and complete the evaluation.

  • Can I contact you for more help?

    Yes! Use the Help widget at the bottom-right of the screen anywhere on to search our help docs, or to ask our support team for help. Unlike most of our competitors, has live US-based support reps to help you by email, chat, or phone.

Course Retired
Course Number 102065
23 CE credit hours
Sign in for credit hours relevant to your credentials.

  • Book
Exam Fee $89.25
There's no exam fee with an Unlimited CE membership! Read More

No Cost Materials

126 members have taken this course

Try a free CE course.

Get started by trying a free course of your choice. No payment info required!

Sign Up Free

View all free trial courses

Happy therapist using