The Global Digital Apothecary for the Future

The ARC Process is an online portal for Mental Health workers to build and adapt trauma recovery programs in their own context. They use the three step ARC sequence, shown below, to catalogue and develop mental health exercises and programs based on the attachment theory framework.

The ARC Platform is the first part of a three-portal vision to 1) design & build group-based activities that can be peer-led and replicated within individual communities, 2) deploy and scale those activities for maximum impact, and 3) assess that impact in order to improve the activities going forward.

This step begins with the group listening to a guided process called the Wheel of Awareness, developed by Dr. Daniel Siegel. This is an exercise where the person intentionally learns to differentiates sources of information which their minds & bodies are recognizing & attempting to regulate.

Next the process builds on the previous exercise by using a bridging step called the “Three I Ams”. Participants are encouraged to see what information their bodies & thoughts are revealing at the present moment. They then form three “I am…” statements that are later shared aloud with the group.

Lastly, the group listens to a series of learning tasks that help to identify cognitive distortion that disrupts a person’s capacity to regulate their thoughts & emotions. Cognitive Behavioral techniques are introduced to effectively manage cognitive distortion when it arises.