Aggression Replacement Training

Aggression Replacement Training (ART) is a research-based approach for working with challenging youth, and can be used in schools, community agencies, juvenile institutions, and other settings.

Aggression Replacement Training features three coordinated and integrated components:

Connect Parenting Groups

Connect is a 10-week program to support parents and caregivers of pre-teens and teens with difficult behavioral and emotional problems. Parents meet in small groups with two trained group leaders for one hour each week.

Each session provides parents with a new perspective on parent-youth relationships and adolescent development. Parents watch role-plays, try exercises, and work together to develop new choices for responding to their child’s difficult behavior. Parents receive handouts following each session with key points to remember.

We understand that each child and each parent is different and change is part of development. Rather than teach only one way of parenting, we help parents see choices that support healthy relationships while setting limits and helping their child to move forward.

Upon completion of a connect group:

  1. 97% of parents reported feeling better equipped to understand their child
  2. 95% of parents reported feeling better equipped to understand themselves as a parent
  3. 86% of parents noted a positive change in their relationship with their child as a result of applying what they learned
    *Moretti & Obsuth, 2009

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been proven effective in the treatment of trauma. It incorporates many different therapeutic approaches to assist clients in processing traumatic memories that continue to impact their functioning.

EMDR equips clients with psychological resources necessary to manage and process traumatic material, and then provides support and guidance as clients move through their traumatic memories toward healing and recovery.

Functional Family Therapy

Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is an evidenced-based, short-term treatment strategy focused on respecting individuals, families, and cultures, while motivating individuals and families to become more adaptive and successful in their own lives. FFT works to improve family relationships, while reducing crime and further victimization in communities.

PSG provides FFT to families involved with the Child Welfare and/or Juvenile Justice system. Within these populations, FFT has been shown to be effective in reducing the number of out-of-home placements, the amount of time families required services, and the cost associated with treatment for identified families.

Girls Circle

Girls Circle is a structured support group for girls from 9-18 years old that integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training. The program is designed to increase positive connection, strengths, and competence in girls, and is the first gender-responsive program in the country to be proven effective in reducing delinquency in girls.

Seven Challenges

The Seven Challenges® Program is designed specifically for adolescents struggling with alcohol and/or drug problems. The program is designed to assist youth in making a commitment to change, and then supporting them in implementing the desired change. At the same time, Seven Challenges helps youth address other life issues, situational, and psychological problems.

The challenges provide a framework for helping youth think through their own decisions, including their use of alcohol or drugs. Counselors help youth to identify and work on the issues most relevant to them, while integrating the challenges into the group discussions.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment designed for children ages 3-18 who have been impacted by trauma. Treatment also involves the parents or caregivers of the children, in providing psychoeducation and training to encourage more positive interactions between parents and their children.

TFCBT provides psychoeducation on trauma to children and their parents, and then teaches relaxation techniques, affect regulation, more appropriate coping skills, all while involving parents in the child’s treatment and progress. TF-CBT utilizes a trauma narrative to process the traumatic memories of the child, and to assist them in communicating their thoughts and feelings about their experiences in a more health manner.

TF-CBT has been shown to successfully resolve a large array of emotional, behavioral, and social deficits for children associated with single, multiple, and complex trauma histories. PSG has several certified therapists, and provides TF-CBT in our community based therapy programs, as well as our outpatient clinic.

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a directive, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. The motivation to change is elicited from the client, and not imposed by the therapist, and it is the client’s job to resolve his or her ambivalence. In MI the therapeutic relationship is more like a partnership than other types of treatment, and it is the responsibility of the therapist to understand the client’s frame of reference, express acceptance and affirmation, elicit self-motivation from clients, and affirm his or her freedom of choice and self-direction.

Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)

The Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program is a school-based, group and individual intervention. It is designed to reduce symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and behavioral problems through psychoeducation, relaxation, cognitive restructuring, and exposure to improve students’ functioning, grades and attendance, peer and parent support, and coping skills. CBITS is used with students from 5th through 12th grade who have been impacted by traumatic experiences, such as community and school violence, accidents and injuries, and other types of abuse.