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Anger Replacement Therapy (ART)

Aggression Replacement Training is designed to provide youth with skills on what to do in anger producing situations while making the arousal of anger a less frequent occurrence. In ART, youth will be provided with the skills to learn to use self-control in a conflict and recognize and respond appropriately to their physical and emotional reactions in heated situations.

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Why 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.

What to Expect

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.

Structured Learning Topics

  • 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 and Protective Factors

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)

Developmental Assets Strengthened

  • Peaceful Conflict Resolution
  • Resistance Skills
  • Interpersonal Competence
  • Planning and Decision making
  • Restraint

ART is Not

  • Traditional Psychotherapy
  • Group Guidance or Advice Giving
  • Values Training or Clarification
  • Content Specific Education 

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