Therapeutic Intervention

Therapeutic Intervention

Aggression Replacement Training (A.R.T.)

Aggression Replacement Training, put into place at HHYS during July 2009, is an evidence-based cognitive behavioral approach which increases pro-social behavior while decreasing acting-out behaviors by addressing aggression and cognitive distortions through learning and practice opportunities. Progress is assessed through group attendance, performance rating, correct identification of the utilization steps, demonstrated knowledge, and test data comparison of the "How I Think" Assessment and the "Aggression" Questionnaire. Our goal is to help youth reshape behaviors stemming from unresolved anger and to help them become more healthy and whole patrons of society. Overall, this is an evidence-based program using a cognitive behavioral approach to teach pro-social skillsto youth through Moral Reasoning, Skillstreaming, and Anger Control groups.

Components of the ART Program...

  • Skillstreaming
    • Composed of five youth
    • Teaches pro-social behavioral skills through coordinated role-play
    • Feedback opportunities
    • Topics of social planning skills, and dealing appropriately with feelings, aggression, and stress
  • Anger Control Training
    • Composed of five youth
    • Teaches recognition of personal triggers and cues
    • Anger reducers
    • Thinking ahead about consequences in order to encourage increased self-control
  • Moral Reasoning
    • Composed of ten youth
    • Focus on peer feedback and discussions about topics like cheating in school, shop lifting and substance abuse
    • Learning from their peers and respecting others opinions
    • Recognizing discussions that are relevant to them

Other Facts...

  • Each group is an hour and a half, once a week session aimed at targeting the issues
  • That the youth face in day-to-day life.
  • Some students may be enrolled in two groups at the same time and would therefore meet twice a week.
  • The sessions focus on three main issues which are family, consequence and interactions with each other.

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

This program utilizes the Victim Impact Listen and Learn Curriculum to address victim impact, community safety, and accountability. Progress is assessed through completion of requirements:

  • Disclosure and processing of the offense and behavior
  • Address of developmental history through autobiographical account
  • Mediation through the clarification letter to the victim
  • Construct of interpersonal cycle of offense
  • Development of the relapse prevention / competency plan
  • Restorative focus is placed on completing community service hours, paying towards restitution costs, and giving back to the community through volunteerism
  • 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.