Initial Implementation of the ARC Framework in Juvenile Justice Settings



Collin-Vézina D, McNamee S, Brazeau C, Laurier C. (2019). Initial Implementation of the ARC Framework in Juvenile Justice Settings. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma. 28(5): 631-654.


Virtually all youth in detention have been exposed at least one traumatic event in their family system or in the community, and a vast majority have experienced cumulative traumatic events that led to major dysregulated states. Building on several seminal works on trauma-informed juvenile justice programs and on implementation research, this theoretical research-based paper aims to describe the preparation stage for implementation of the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency framework (ARC) to a population of youth in detention. The ARC framework is well-suited to meet the complex needs of young offenders by focusing on building blocks that promote resiliency, including caregiver affect management and attunement, affect identification and modulation, and executive functions and self-identity. Based on this extensive preparation stage and a case illustration, recommendations and best practice protocols for making a shift towards a trauma-informed youth justice system are highlighted.