ARC Treatment Model: Attachment, Regulation and Competency in the treatment of children and adolescents with complex trauma

Fri, Jul 13, 2018 - 12:00 PM - 03:15 PM

Sara Coffey, D.O.



Numerous studies report the significance of trauma and adverse childhood events (ACE) on children and adults. ACEs can interrupt social and emotional development and contribute to disruptive behavior that impedes learning. With studies reporting as much as 50% of people experiencing an ACE in their lifetime it is certain that mental health professionals will be exposed to children and their caregivers who have experienced an ACE..

As our understanding of trauma informed care evolves, a community effort and approach is needed. Programs that target individuals are important; but a milieu focus is essential in continued support for our youth and families with adverse childhood events. With children, the use of a developmental construct focusing on attachment, regulation and competencies to better understand behavior is crucial. Additionally, an approach to support mental health clinicians' emotional wellbeing is vital. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is one way to offer this support.

Learning objectives:

  1. To become aware of the overview of trauma across the lifespan;
  2. To understand how trauma effects brain development in children and adolescents; 
  3. To familiarize participants with the ARC treatment model;
  4. To introduce mindfulness practices as a tool for caregiver affect management 

3 CEUS:  Ph.D., LPC, LADC, CADC, LCSW, LMFT and Case Management and Nursing certificate of participation.   Pre-registration is required.

About the Presenter

Sara Coffey, D.O.

Dr. Coffey is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences (OSUCHS). Dr. Coffey completed her adult psychiatry residency at the University of Chicago and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Harvard Medical School's Cambridge Health Alliance. During her adult psychiatry training, Dr. Coffey served as the chair of the Public Health Committee for the American Medical Association's Resident's Committee. She served as a public psychiatry fellow for the American Psychiatric Association for two years during her psychiatry training. Dr. Coffey has extensive experience working within the public-school system in both Cambridge, Massachusetts and the Tulsa Area Public Schools. Dr. Coffey is a regionally known speaker on the effects of trauma in the classroom. Dr. Coffey is currently contracted with the Department of Mental Health to provide technical assistance in the implementation of Oklahoma Health Homes. In this line of work, Dr. Coffey serves as an expert in integrated care models and best practices of integration and collaboration between primary care and behavioral health. Through her partnership with the Department of mental health she has provided on-site consultation to the majority of health homes in Oklahoma and has lectured on both collaborative care models in pediatrics, as well as, preventative care in children. Additionally, Dr. Coffey serves as the Behavioral Health Medical Director for the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Health Access Network.

Friday, July 13, 2018
11:50 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. This training session includes a lunch.

Due to construction, parking is limited.  A map to assist with parking will be provided, but be aware you may have to walk a distance of up to one block.

Registration Information


Registration closes July 9 or when available seats have been filled. Seating is limited.
Refunds not available after July 9.
For more information, or if you require any special accommodation, please call 918-588-8826

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Event Location

Parkside Outpatient Clinic, second floor,
1620 E. 12th St., 74120 Tulsa