Trauma-informed Care: Youth Sexual and Non-Sexual Violence Experiences and the Attachment, Regulation, and Competence (ARC) model

Last modified by Ann Watkins on 2017/04/07 18:25

Recent media has put an extended spotlight on the prevalence of sexual and non-sexual violence involving adolescents and, particularly, co-morbid with alcohol and drug use. Beyond rates of occurrences, developmentally, we need to take a step back and understand the motives for engaging in sex and the expectations youth have when substances are present. Some fundamentals include mental health, sexual health, youth rights, and resilience in youth, particularly within contexts of adversity.

Healthcare workers often face the challenge of detecting children and teenagers who are victims of multiple traumas and of figuring out what kind of help they need. In this webinar, participants will:

(1) distinguish simple trauma from complex trauma, 
(2) understand the biological, psychological and relational impact of complex trauma, 
(3) document the principles of trauma-informed care, and 
(4) learn about trauma-informed initiatives based on the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) model. 

This model is inspired by attachment and resilience theories, and puts into practice psychoeducational and cognitive behavioral techniques, focusing on strengths and adaptation capabilities of the child and their family. 

Relevant Articles:

Drs. Paul Frewen and Ruth Lanius MITT model for adults with complex trauma, utilizing mindfulness and self-compassion approaches as seen in their 2014 book, Healing the Traumatized Self 

Dr. Frewen's research available at:

Dr. Lanius' The Trauma Therapist Project (free resources)

Related Resources for Adults:

Click here to download Dr. Christine Wekerle's presentation slides.

Click here to download Dr. Delphine Collin-Vezina's presentation slides.

PhotoDelphine2015.jpgDr. Delphine Collin-Vezina is the Director of the Centre for Research on Children and Families at McGill University. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor in the McGill School of Social Work and in the Department of Pediatrics. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Child Welfare and the Nicolas Steinmetz and Gilles Julien Chair in Social Pediatrics. She has developed a strong interest in research and clinical topics related to child maltreatment, child sexual abuse, and trauma. She closely collaborates with partners from the communities as a means to contribute to building effective and meaningful practices and policies that directly and positively impact vulnerable populations of children and youths, and their families.

Wekerle.jpgDr. Christine Wekerle is an Associate Professor in Pediatrics and an Associate Member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University. She obtained her Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology) in 1995 from the University of Western Ontario, an American and Canadian Psychological Association accredited program, and conducted her accredited internship at McMaster in Pediatrics. Dr. Wekerle's research areas are broadly in the areas of parenting and the prevention of family violence. She has edited a book on the overlap among child maltreatment, dating and courtship violence, partner violence, and substance abuse ("The Violence and Addiction Equation;" Wekerle & Wall, 2002; Taylor Francis), written a book for a broad audience on maltreatment ("Child Maltreatment;" Wekerle, Wolfe, Miller & Spindel, 2006; Hogrefe, translated into Japanese and Spanish), as well as a book and treatment manual on a dating violence prevention program ("The Youth Relationships Project") which remains one of the few programs evaluated in a randomized control trial with at-risk youth. Dr. Wekerle is Co-editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Child and Adolescent Resilience and Editor for special issues of the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. She has also been an active scientist, publishing in peer-reviewed journals since 1987. Dr. Wekerle's current research focuses on child welfare populations, particularly adolescents who are receiving child protection services and their outcome across physical, mental, and financial health domains. She is invested in supporting health and resilience within maltreated populations, and disseminates actively to policy and practice. In 2012, she co-founded the International Network of Child and Adolescent Resilience (

Created by Ann Watkins on 2017/03/13 18:39