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Treating Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents

Second Edition
How to Foster Resilience through Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency

Margaret E. Blaustein and Kristine M. Kinniburgh

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Tens of thousands of clinicians have used this book—now revised and expanded with 50% new material—to plan and organize effective interventions for children and adolescents who have experienced complex trauma. The Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) framework can be used with children, parents, and other caregivers in a wide range of settings. The volume guides the clinician to identify key treatment goals and intervene flexibly to strengthen child–caregiver relationships and support healthy development and positive functioning. In a large-size formatfor easy photocopying, it is packed with case vignettes and clinical tools, including 79 reproducible handouts and forms. Purchasers get access to a webpage where they can download and print the reproducible materials.

New to This Edition See also Treating Adult Survivors of Childhood Emotional Abuse and Neglect, by Elizabeth K. Hopper, Frances K. Grossman, Joseph Spinazzola, and Marla Zucker, which presents a complementary approach for adults.

“A comprehensive, practical guide....I would highly recommend [it] to anyone interested in the field.”

Journal of Mental Health (on the first edition)

“This book is rooted in a lucid understanding of developmental and attachment processes and the impact that trauma has on them. Described in a way that reflects years of clinical experience, the interventions are sensitive to the complexities of clinical work with children, and provide guidance for working with caregivers, families, and systems of care. The book is encyclopedic—it is chock-full of information on everything from developmental theory to therapist self-care, matching interventions to patient needs, and implementation strategies.”

—Marylene Cloitre, PhD, Associate Director of Research, National Center for PTSD Dissemination and Training Division; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

“Confronted with the suffering of a child exposed to stress and adversity, it is easy for a clinician to become overwhelmed, unsure where to even begin addressing the complexly troubled and often chaotic lives of the child and his or her caregiving system. The ARC framework avoids doing what is all too common—simply affixing a diagnostic label to a traumatized child and providing a referral to a physician for medication. In clear, accessible, and direct language, using case illustrations, the authors present an integrative framework for addressing complex developmental trauma and the behaviors that signify it. ARC respects the art of therapeutic intervention while offering concrete goals, strategies, and interventions to guide the process of treatment toward health and well-being.”

—Sandra L. Bloom, MD, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University

“The second edition of this extraordinary volume offers an even more integrated and comprehensive resource. The authors have fine-tuned the ARC framework, seamlessly linking theory and practice, individuals and systems, the needs and resources of children and their caregivers, behavior and triggers, and problems and solutions. They know what makes these kids tick—and how to help them. ARC is a practical, reassuring, step-wise approach that helps us to increase our own capacity for attachment, regulation, and competence as we do the same for dysregulated kids and their overwhelmed systems. If you have reached an impasse with a distressed child in the home, office, school, or treatment center, or if you need just the right handout, activity, worksheet, session tracking checklist, or educational resource to support traumatized children and caregivers, this essential book is for you.”

—Martha B. Straus, PhD, Department of Clinical Psychology, Antioch University New England

“The second edition of this excellent treatment guide provides cutting-edge information on working with children who have been exposed to complex developmental trauma and their caregivers. Adaptable for a variety of settings, ARC offers detailed strategies that increase the child’s integration of traumatic experiences and the caregiver’s capacities to nurture, parent, and provide optimal attachment experiences. Theoretical concepts are illustrated throughout by case examples, and are linked to extensive practical material on the core domains of attachment, regulation, and competency. This book represents an important contribution to the child trauma field and is highly recommended for new and experienced clinicians alike.”

—Cheryl Lanktree, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

“An excellent resource for professionals in both clinical and educational settings. Blaustein and Kinniburgh effectively explain the complexity of developmental trauma, its impact on youth, and the need for individualized treatment, and present their ARC framework. The second edition elaborates on applications of ARC outside traditional clinical settings. It provides useful tools for professionals working with traumatized children, including downloadable activities and worksheets. Graduate students in school psychology, school counseling, pediatric neuropsychology, and clinical child psychology will benefit from reading this book in classes and using it as a resource in their future careers.”

—Terry Diamanduros, PhD, School Psychology Program, Georgia Southern University

Table of Contents


I. Overview

1. The Developmental Impact of Trauma sample

2. Child Development, the Human Danger Response, and Adaptation: A Three-Part Model for Understanding Behavior

3. The Attachment, Regulation, and Competency Treatment Framework

II. The Integration of Traumatic Experiences

4. Trauma Experience Integration

III. Laying the Foundation

5. Foundational Strategies: Engagement and Education

6. Foundational Strategies: Routines and Rhythms

IV. Attachment

7. Caregiver Management of Affect

8. Attunement

9. Effective Response

V. Regulation

10. Identification

11. Modulation

VI. Competency

12. Relational Connection

13. Strengthening Executive Functions

14. Self-Development and Identity

VII. Model Integration

15. Trauma Experience Integration Revisited

A Postscript

Appendix A. Provider Materials

Appendix B. Caregiver Educational Materials and Worksheets

Appendix C. Group Activities

Appendix D. Youth Educational Handouts and Worksheets

Appendix E. Milieu–Systems Materials


About the Authors

Margaret E. Blaustein, PhD, a practicing clinical psychologist, is Director of the Center for Trauma Training in Needham, Massachusetts. Her career has focused on the understanding and treatment of complex childhood trauma and its sequelae. Since 2004, Dr. Blaustein has worked with Kristine M. Kinniburgh on the development, implementation, and refinement of the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) intervention approach. She has provided extensive training and consultation to providers in the United States and internationally.

Kristine M. Kinniburgh, LCSW, is Director of Trauma Services for Justice Resource Institute Connecticut. In this role, she focuses primarily on ensuring that trauma-impacted individuals and their families receive quality care that emphasizes the promotion of resilient outcomes. Since 2004, Ms. Kinniburgh has worked with Margaret E. Blaustein on the development, implementation, and refinement of the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) intervention approach. They are coauthors of the foster parent curriculum ARC Reflections and the caregiver skill building curriculum ARC Grow.


Clinical child/adolescent psychologists, counselors, social workers, and psychiatrists.

Course Use

May serve as a supplemental text in graduate-level courses.

Treating Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents: Second Edition: How to Foster Resilience through Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency and Treating Adult Survivors of Childhood Emotional Abuse and Neglect: Component-Based PsychotherapySpecial package offer: Treating Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents, Second Edition, by Margaret E. Blaustein and Kristine M. Kinniburgh, and Treating Adult Survivors of Childhood Emotional Abuse and Neglect, by Elizabeth K. Hopper, Frances K. Grossman, Joseph Spinazzola, and Marla Zucker, present complementary approaches that both focus on the core components of effective treatment for complex trauma.

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Previous editions published by Guilford:

First Edition, © 2010
ISBN: 9781606236253
New to this edition: