Aggression Replacement Training (ART)
Contact: Cassy Norris (564) 397-4971
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.
Participants of this program will learn:
- Skill alternatives to aggression
- Ways to control their anger, and
- Methods for thinking in more effective ways
- Incentive based
- 30 sessions over 10 weeks
- Youth classes: three classes per week, each one hour and fifteen minutes (75 minutes) long
- Adult classes: two classes per week, each one hour and fifteen minutes (75 minutes)
Referral criteria for Clark County Juvenile Court
- Referral completed by probation counselors
- 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 ioffers an ART class specifically for parents. Parent ART is a 10-week, two-part program which includes skills training and anger control. The class offers parents an opportunity to see what their child is learning, learn different ways to respond to their child, and help reinforce the skills being learned.
Before the classes begin, an orientation is scheduled for youth and parents. This meeting is held at the Juvenile Department and will last no more than an hour. Attendance is mandatory for both youth and parent. If you and your parent are not able to attend, please contact Cassy Norris (564) 397-4971 to make other arrangements.
Please support your child as he or she learns to use new ART skills in everyday life. Encourage them to use the new skills and techniques frequently and provide positive feedback when they do so.
Positive support for this program is absolutely imperative for its success. With your help, we can generate less aggressive alternatives and motivate kids to use them. ART can be turned into long-term and possibly permanent learning.
Youth students: Students who complete ART classes may earn high school credit, depending on the school district.
Foster parents: Completion of Adult ART classes series can be applied to the DCFS Licensing Continuing Education requirement.
ART has three main components
- Skillstreaming Training (Behavioral Component)
- Anger Control Training (Emotion-Targeted Component)
- Moral Reasoning (Cognitive Component)
- A series of 10 constructive skills that are positive alternatives to an aggressive response.
- The goal is to teach kids 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|
|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 session.
Anger is a natural human emotion. The youth learn Anger Reducing Techniques.
The ACT component of ART is designed to serve two related purposes:
- Help make arousal of anger in chronically aggressive youths less frequent.
- To provide youths the means to use self-control when their anger is aroused.
a) Whereas 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 self control and reduce or manage anger and aggression by giving youth skills necessary to recognize and control their anger.
Every session of anger control training will begin with the youths reviewing their hassle logs for the week and discussing the real-life situations they were faced with and how they were handled.
|Week||Anger control chain|
|1||Introduction to anger control training|
|2||Triggers and body signs|
|6||The anger behavior cycle|
|7||Introduction of social skills to anger control chain|
|9||Practice of full sequence|
|10||Overall review and final practice of full sequence|
- The goal of MR is to increase the capacity of youth to understand and respond to moral issues and dilemmas, including when personal desires conflict with personal or organizational responsibilities.
- The sessions will include group discussions of specific problem situations. The desired outcome is for the youth to understand a higher level of moral reasoning and view the world in a more fair and accurate way.