World-Class Trauma Informed Treatment
The Meadowridge Academy is committed to providing each student with the clinical services necessary to help him/her achieve his/her goals. We are trauma-informed in all areas of our program, which serves to support the work that students do in individual, family and group therapy. The Meadowridge Academy therapists are all masters-level or doctorate-level clinicians who use a wide variety of clinical approaches and techniques in order to best meet the needs of each individual student. Clinical caseloads are low (about 6 students per therapist) to allow for intensive treatment and case management services.
The Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) framework is a core-components treatment model, developed to provide a guiding framework for thoughtful clinical intervention with complexly traumatized youth and their caregiving systems. Drawing from the fields of trauma, attachment, and child development, the framework recognizes the importance of working with the child-in-context, of acknowledging the role of historical experiences and adaptive responses in current presentation, and of intervening with the surrounding environment – whether primary caregivers or treatment system – to support and facilitate the child’s healthy growth and development. Rather than identify step-by-step intervention strategies, the framework identifies 10 key “building blocks”, or intervention targets, key skills/goals within each domain, developmental and cultural considerations, and potential applications across settings.
The ARC framework, developed by Kristine M. Kinniburgh and Margaret E. Blaustein of the Trauma Center at JRI, is recognized by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) as a promising practice.