Skills Group Program

The Skills Group Program is committed to:

  • using evidence based principles in all group settings;
  • assisting youth in understanding the human impacts of their actions;
  • providing youth with skills which will assist them in becoming contributing community members;
  • providing opportunities for youth to meaningfully connect to their community; and
  • addressing Risk and Protective factors in youth to minimize recidivism rates.

Program Overview

The Skills Group Program is dedicated to providing facilitated group learning opportunities which focus on expanding the competencies of the youth we serve. By having eight different evidence-based curriculums, the Skills Group Program is able to direct youth into group learning scenarios which specifically target identified Risk and Protective factors.


Anger Replacement Training (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.

Boys Council
In this structured environment youth participate in group activity which provides an opportunity to: learn to make positive choices; express ideas; work as a team; and strengthen resiliency.

CERTS is designed to teach youth pro-social skills including having a better understanding of healthy relationships, how to make good decisions, types of behavior that is legal and consensual, and much more.

Based on restorative justice principles, Individual and Community Empathy encourages youth to: take responsibility for their choices; look at preventing future harmful or illegal behavior; understand harm done to others; acknowledge their victim(s); and make a commitment to their community to repair harm they have caused.

Girls Circle
Helps girls foster self-esteem, connect with peers, and encourages self-expression.

Safety is designed as a tool to increase awareness of fire safety. Youth with fire setting offenses learn to eliminate and/or redirect their fire setting impulses.

Life Skills
Independent Living Program (ILP) is intended to provide youth with the necessary skills and information they will need to transition from living with their parents/guardians to living on their own.

Staying Connected to your Teen
A program for parents of teens that is facilitated by Samantha Furlow of Northwest Family Services on behalf of the Clackamas County Juvenile Department.

Strengthening Families
Strengthening Families is an educational program that brings children and parents and/or guardians together to learn and strengthen the entire family.

TruThought: Charting a New Course
This group focuses on addressing barriers in thinking. This corrective thinking process will use the knowledge of these barriers to implement responsible thinking steps. Through group discussion, role plays, and group and individual activities youth will learn skills to stop the tactics, change their thinking, and stay on track.


2121 Kaen Road Oregon City, OR 97045

Office Hours:

Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

24-hour Intake and Assessment Center
Phone: 503-650-3180
Fax: 503-650-3176