Anger Replacement Therapy (ART)
Research has shown that students who develop social skills, anger control steps, and moral reasoning are far less likely to engage in a wide range of aggressive and high-risk behaviors. Lessons in this program are intended to address the behavioral, affective, and cognitive components of aggressive and violent behavior.
Youth will meet twice a week for nine consecutive weeks. Each session will run for one hour and include 6 to 10 youth (both male and female) of similar age and developmental level. Groups will most often take place at Clackamas County Juvenile Department from 4:30PM to 5:30PM unless otherwise stated.
- Making a complaint
- Understanding the feelings of others
- Getting ready for a difficult conversation
- Dealing with someone else’s anger
- Keeping out of a fight
- Helping others
- Dealing with accusations
- Dealing with group pressure
- Responding to failure
Structured Learning Training: At the first session of each week, youth will be taught what to do in threatening or stressful situations through activities that include modeling, role-playing, and performance feedback.
Anger Control Training: As a part of the second session each week, youth are given a series of steps to help understand how they perceive and interpret other’s behaviors that arouse their anger and teaches participants to reduce their anger and substitute pro-social behaviors.
Moral Reasoning: The second session each week is concluded with a group discussion where youth have an opportunity to see the perspective of others after reading and answering questions from a fictional, but often common, problem situation.
Risk factors increase the likeliness a youth will participate in risky or illegal behavior while specific protective factors work as a powerful force that overcomes these risk factors at a 2 to 1 ratio. As a result of this knowledge, ART works to address the following risk and protective factors:
- Promotes pro-social attitudes and thinking. (Risk Factor)
- Enhances youth’s ability to accurately interprets actions and intentions of others. (Risk Factor)
- Addresses impulsivity. (Risk Factor)
- Enhances problem solving skills. (Risk Factor)
- Promotes effective communication with family members (both verbal and nonverbal shared communication with healthy relationship boundaries. (Protective Factor)
- Peaceful Conflict Resolution
- Resistance Skills
- Interpersonal Competence
- Planning and Decision making
- Traditional Psychotherapy
- Group Guidance or Advice Giving
- Values Training or Clarification
- Content Specific Education