What is Complex Trauma?
Complex trauma describes exposure to multiple traumatic events and their wide-ranging, long-term impact. These events are severe, pervasive and often interpersonal, such as abuse or profound neglect. They usually begin early in life, may disrupt many aspects of the child’s development, and interfere with the child’s ability to form secure attachment bonds. Many aspects of a child’s healthy physical and mental development rely on this primary source of safety and stability.
Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) is a framework for intervention with youth and families who have experienced complex trauma. Designed to be applied flexibly across child- and family-serving systems, ARC is currently in use in more than 300 agencies and/or child-serving systems in the U.S. and abroad. ARC is designed for youth from early childhood to adolescence and their caregivers or caregiving systems.
A CHRIS 180 Project
The mission of CHRIS 180 is to heal children, strengthen families, and build community. We help children, young adults, and families who have experienced trauma – trauma that may have at its root violence, sexual or physical abuse, neglect, homelessness, bullying, or living with chronic stress. Through Project 180 and as part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), our trauma-informed counseling and supportive programming empowers children, young adults, and families to change the direction of their lives so that they can become thriving members of their communities. . For more information, visit www.chris180.org.