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Aggression Replacement Training (ART)

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ART Coordinator Jackie Hull

Latu Fonokalafi

Clark County ART Coordinator

 
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The Clark County Juvenile Court has chosen to adopt the Aggression Replacement Training Program designed by Dr. Arnold P. Goldstein, Dr. Barry Glick, and Dr. John C. Gibbs as an intervention for working with youth and families. ART is an evidence-based practice that when competently delivered, has positive outcomes with estimated reductions in 18-month felony recidivism of 24 percent.

The popularity of ART has been felt in the community, particularly with local schools requesting ART "Skill Cards"to support the skills learned by youth.

Contact information: Latu Fonokalafi ext. 5517 or
Michelle Karnath ext. 5111

Student Forms:

Goals

Participants of this program will learn:

  1. skill alternatives to aggression
  2. ways to control their anger, and
  3. methods for thinking in more effective ways

Class format

ART is:

  • incentive based
  • thirty(30) sessions over ten(10) weeks
  • Youth classes: three(3) classes per week, one(1) hour and fifteen minutes(15) each
  • Adult classes: two(2) classes per week, one(1) hour and fifteen minutes(15)each

Referral criteria for Clark County Juvenile Court

  1. Referral completed by: probation counselors
  2. Must be moderate or high risk according to WA state risk assessments

ART classes for parents, caregivers and youth supports

In addition to the youth class, the Juvenile Department is now offering an ART class specifically designed for parents.  Parent ART is a ten-week, two-part program which includes skills training and anger control.  This class offers parents an opportunity to see what their child is learning, learn different ways to respond to their  child, and also to help reinforce the skills that are being learned. 

Before the classes begin, ART orientation meeting is scheduled for youth and parents. This meeting is held at the Juvenile Department and will last no more than an hour.  Attendance at the orientation is mandatory for both youth and parent.  If you and your parent are not able to attend, please contact Jackie Hull 397-2201 ext 5517 or Michelle Karnath 397-2201 ext 5111 to make other arrangements.

To help your youth learn to use ART skills in their everyday lives, please support them in their efforts to use the skills they are learning. This can be done by encouraging them to use the new skills and techniques frequently and by providing positive feedback when they do so.

Positive support for this program is absolutely imperative for it’s success.  With your help, we can generate less aggressive alternatives and motivate the kids to use them.  ART can be turned into long-term and possibly even permanent learning.

Youth students: Students who complete the ART classes may earn high school credit depending on the school district.

Foster parents: Completion of the Adult ART classes series can be applied towards the DCFS Licensing Continuing Education requirement.

ART main components

3 main components to ART:

1. Skillstreaming Training (Behavioral Component)

2. Anger Control Training (Emotion-Targeted Component)

3. Moral Reasoning (Cognitive Component)

 

SKILLSTREAMING TRAINING (ST)

  • Comprised of a series of 10 constructive skills that are positive alternatives to aggressive response.
  • The goal of skillstreaming is to teach the kids the skills they need to act pro-socially.

Social skills by week:

Week Youth skills Adult skills
1 Making a complaint Answering a complaint
2 Dealing with an accusation Dealing with an accusation
3 Dealing with someone else's anger Dealing with someone else's anger
4 Keeping out of fights Standing up for your rights
5 Dealing with group pressure Convincing others
6 Apologizing Negotiating
7 Getting ready for a difficult conversation Getting ready for a difficult conversation
8 Helping others Responding to failure
9 Understanding the feelings of others Understanding the feelings of others
10 Expressing affection/appreciation Expressing affection/appreciation

 

Each skill is broken down into steps that will be modeled by the trainers and role-played by each youth during the ST session.

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ANGER CONTROL TRAINING (ACT)

Anger is a natural human emotion. The youth learn Anger Reducing Techniques.

The ACT component of ART is designed to serve two related purposes:

1. help make the arousal of anger in chronically aggressive youths a less frequent occurrence

2. to provide such youths with the means to use self-control when their anger is aroused.

a) where as skillstreaming teaches youth what to do instead of aggression, anger control training teaches kids what NOT to do.

b) the goal of ACT is to enhance the self control, reduction or management of anger and aggression by giving them the skills necessary to recognize and control their anger.

Every session of anger control training will begin with the class reviewing their hassle logs for the week and discussing the real-life situations that they were faced with and how they were handled.

Week Anger control chain
1 Introduction to anger control training
2 Triggers and body signs
3 Anger reducers
4 Reminders
5 "If–then"...thinking ahead
6 The anger behavior cycle
7 Introduction of social skills to anger control chain
8 Self-evaluation
9 Practice of full sequence
10 Overall review and final practice of full sequence

 

MORAL REASONING (MR)

1. The goal of MR is to increase the capacity of youth to understand and respond to moral issues and dilemmas, including those present when personal desires conflict with personal or organizational responsibilities.

2. The sessions will consist of group discussions of specific problem situations. The desired outcome is for the youth to understand a higher level of moral reasoning and to view the world in a more fair and accurate way.

 

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Clark County Juvenile Court Administrator: Pat Escamilla
Street Address: 500 West 11th Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000
Main phone: (360) 397-2201 | FAX: (360) 397-6109
Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388, then call (360) 397-2445
E-mail: Pat.escamilla@clark.wa.gov

Responsible Elected Official: Presiding Judge Barbara D. Johnson

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