Aggression Replacement Training (A.R.T.)

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.

Components

  • Skillstreaming, is composed of five youth and 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, is composed of five youth and teaches...
    • Recognition of personal triggers and cues
    • Anger reducers
    • Thinking ahead about consequences in order to encourage increased self-control
  • Moral Reasoning, is composed of ten youth and focuses 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.