Therapeutic Intervention

Therapeutic Intervention

Aggression Replacement Training (A.R.T.)

Aggression Replacement Training is a research-based, proven cognitive behavioral approach for working with challenging youth.  This curriculum by Glick, Goldstein and Gibbs, includes both cognitive-behavioral and skill building interventions for increasing pro-social and decreasing aggressive responses in the youth we serve. The program is comprised of three components: Moral Reasoning, Anger Control, and Skillstreaming.

Components of the ART Program...

    Anger Control Training

    Provides pro-social positive skill building. Teaches participants what not to do, helping them respond to anger in a non-aggessive manner and rethink anger-provoking situations.

    Moral Reasoning

    Addresses cognitive distortions through guided group discussion with peers. This group helps raise participants' level of fairness, justice, and concern for the needs and rights of others.

    Skill Streaming

    Teaches participants what to do, helping them replace antisocial behaviors with positive alternatives.

    Groups are comprised of 4 to 10 clients led by trained Aggression Replacement Training facilitators and overseen by the agencies ART trainer. Each group lasts a minimum of 10 sessions with the Moral Reasoning and Skillstreaming portions having options for participation up to a year in length. Progress of individual clients is assesed through group performance feedback and session ratings; correct identification and role play of skill steps; and pre and post clinical assessments including the Skillstreaming Checklist, Aggression Questionnaire, and the How I Think Questionnaire. Out goal is to help our youth reshape unhelpful thoughts, feelings, and actions to enable them to engage in more healthy and prosocial interactions.

    Balanced and Restorative Justice (B.A.R.J.)

    Balanced and Restorative Justice is a PA juvenile Justice program which focuses on accountability, understanding vicitm impacts and empathy building. The program can be in an individual and/or group setting depending on the needs of the client. Individual BARJ sessions involve a disclosure of offenses to both therapist and caregivers; completion of victim impact lists and court ordered apology/accountability letters; understanding and education on the client's offense dynamics; and completion of a "Life Management Plan" to address high risk areas and coping skills for returning to the community. Group BARJ sessions are focused on the 'Victim Impact Listen and Learn' curriculum. This group is 13 units in length and focuses on how victims are impacted after varioius types of crimes as well as the importance of making amends. Family Work is offered to provide a forum for support, improved family interactions by addressing existing difficulties, and defining home expectations/boundaries.

    Interactive Journaling

    The Forward Thinking Journal series is recognized by SAMSHA as an evidence-based program which uses a cognitive behavioral approach to cognitive skill building, criminal thinking, and behavior change. It is a structured and experiential process designed to motivate and guide participants to develop a personalized plan for realistic change and to achieve their goals for responsible living.

    Seeking Safety

    This a present-focused therapy to help clients attain safety from trauma/PTSD and substance abuse. This research-based approach is designed to teach concrete coping skills as well as increase coping and stabilization. The curriculum is divided into 25 topics which address cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal domains. Practical tools and techniques are provided to engage clients in treatment. The "safe coping skills" apply to both trauma and substance abuse recovery. These skills seek to restore the client's ideals of respect, care, protection, and healing.

    Seeking Safety meets weekly and is comprised of individual check-ins, guided group discussions, and application of skills through the completion of weekly commitments. It is designed to encourage healing and the building of positive supports to begin and maintain sobbriety.