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An Overview of the ARC Model: Changing How You See & React to Your Children’s Behaviors [4 Part Series] (January 15-February 12, 2020)

WHEN Wednesday, Jan 15th 2020 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM (CST)
COST $85.00 per person
AVAILABLE SPACES 50
SPACES REMAINING 47
LOCATION 3-Part Webinar + Children’s Home Society 1605 Eustis St, St Paul, MN 55108

*This workshop is 4 (four) parts. The first 3 (three) parts are webinars, the last part is in person*

Webinar 1 - Wed Jan 15 Noon-1:30pm

Webinar 2 - Wed Jan 22 Noon-1:30pm

Webinar 3 - Wed Jan 29 Noon-1:30pm

In Person (part 4) – Wed Feb 12 10am-1pm (Bring your own lunch)


Audience: Professionals and Parents

Through this 4-part series, you will hear from each of the following presenters. Nancy Binford will present webinar session 1, Tom Ewald will present webinar session 2, Dinah Dale will present webinar session 3, and all three presenters will facilitate the in-person workshop.

Part 1 of 4: Webinar #1
Reorganizing treatment interventions for traumatized children: An Introduction to the ARC Model

What do I do when my child….? When I give presentations, this is the most common question I am asked. Understandably, children who have a history of complex trauma often engage in dysregulated and, at times, dangerous behaviors. According to Margaret Blaustein, PhD, one of the goals of treatment must be to help caregivers learn to “get ahead of the behaviors.” Dr. Blaustein and Kristine Kinniburgh, LICSW, have developed a comprehensive treatment protocol to help address children’s behaviors from a ‘bottom-up’ and family systems’ perspective. This webinar will be an introduction to the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency Model (ARC) and provide parents and practitioners with an overview of the different components, as well as address the need to ‘step away’ from traditional talk therapy and to first focus on the child’s deeply embedded need for safety.


Part 2 of 4: Webinar #2
Caretaker Affect Regulation: The Groundwork for Emotional Stabilization and Regulation

This section, addressed to both parents and professionals, will be a practical, experiential session that highlights one of the foundational needs in building a home that is a place of healing and safety. Based on Dr. Margaret Blaustein and Kristine Kinniburgh’s work with the Attunement, Regulation, and Competence (ARC) model, expect to learn more about the role of normalization and depersonalization, difficult situation foresight, self-monitoring skills, and how we as parents (or therapists coaching parents) can add calm to a family that needs it.


Part 3 of 4: Webinar #3
Attunement: Playing Detective to Discover and Respond to What's Really Going On with Our Children

This section, designed for parents and professionals, is based on the ARC model developed by Dr. Margaret Blaustein and Kristine Kinniburgh. It will highlight attunement as a key building block for a parent-child relationship based on flexibility, empathy and regulation. Learn practical skills to develop a working knowledge of how to gauge what is really going on for the child, bring about regulation and provide a safe, flexible and joyful family experience.


Part 4 of 4: In-person workshop (Bring your own lunch)
Fairy Dust & Magic Wands: The ‘Real’ Tools to Teach Self-Awareness and Self-Regulation

Information and skills offered in this workshop are based on the ARC model, which was developed by Dr. Margaret Blaustein and her colleague Kristine Kinniburgh. This workshop is the fourth in a sequence offered by MNAdopt. It will focus on Regulation, which is the second tier of the ARC model; the two components of the regulation module are Identification and Modulation. Children who have histories of complex trauma are typically familiar with one internal state: FEAR. This dominant internal state is often the contributing factor to their dysregulated emotions and maladaptive survival behaviors. Learning to feel safe and calm in their bodies and to tolerate a new internal state can often be a frightening experience. Caregivers will learn and practice skills to help children build their window of tolerance for calming and positive affective states that will help to improve their emotional and behavioral stability. Come prepared to have fun and to learn how use games and activities to improve self-regulation and stabilization!

Nancy Binford, PhD, LP, has extensive training in neurocognitive testing. She maintains a private practice and conducts trauma informed neuropsychological evaluations across the lifespan. Dr. Binford completed the trauma certification program through the Trauma Center, as well as the ARC training offered by Dr. Margaret Blaustein. Dr. Binford has provided trauma informed in-services for a range of agencies and treatment centers including NorthWood Children’s Residential Treatment Center, NACAC, MNAdopt, MCMHA, as well as a variety of school districts.

Tom Ewald, JD, MDIV, has spent most of his career as an attorney and a pastor, but become a full-time father in 2015 a year after he and his husband Joe adopted their son Jon.Tom is especially appreciative of the providers who helped him experience firsthand how caregiver affect regulation is imperative to providing a space conducive to healing, health, and peace.

Dinah Dale, JD, is the mother of two young adult sons, adopted from an orphanage in Guatemala at the ages of 7 and 11 years old. They have been a family for nearly 13 years. Dinah serves as the director of development for a nonprofit organization in the Twin Cities. She also is a licensed attorney in Arkansas, and practiced in the area of family law for seven years.