Evidence Based Program

AGGRESSION REPLACEMENT TRAINING ®

Aggressive behavior by children and adolescents is a serous problem in homes and schools, on the streets, and in communities. The Charter School of Excellence uses an intervention program, Aggression Replacement Training® (ART®), which has been implemented across the nation since its creation in 1987. It has proven to reduce offending behavior and has been the focus of numerous research studies.

ART® is an intensive ten (10) week life-skills program in which a youth attends one (1) hour group sessions three (3) times per week. In these sessions, participants gain tools that allow them to solve problems, make decisions, and interact positively in social situations. The ART® curriculum consists of three components:

1. Skillstreaming
The teaching of a series of interpersonal skills that address various social situations and is an alternative to aggressive behavior. An example of a few of the skills being taught would be: “Making a Complaint”, “Keeping out of Fights”, and Understanding the Feelings of Others”. Each youth role-plays the skill in group and with practice and feed-back, will progress to using the skill outside the classroom.

2. Anger Control Training
The focus is on teaching youths self-control in dealing with their anger. Techniques for reducing and managing feelings of anger in difficult situations are introduced and role-played. The goal is to empower the youth through positive anger control methods. This enables them to have a variety of options in dealing with a problem rather than the single option of aggression.

3. Moral Reasoning
A new ‘problem situation’ is presented to the group each week, with each group member responding to questions to the moral dilemma presented in the scenario. The component is designed to help correct the youth’s thinking errors and lead him/her to see there are other ways of acting in different situations. Throughout the group discussions, youths are exposed to the different perspectives of other group members. The purpose of the discussion is to facilitate mature reasoning in order for the youth to make more mature decisions in social situations.

LIFE SPACE CRISIS INTERVENTION

LSCI is an advanced, interactive therapeutic strategy for turning crisis situations into learning opportunities for children and youth with chronic patterns of self-defeating behaviors. LSCI views problems or stressful incidents as opportunities for learning, growth, insight, and change. This non-physical intervention program uses a multi-theoretical approach to behavior management and problem solving. LSCI provides staff a roadmap through conflict to desired outcomes using crisis as an opportunity to teach and create positive relationships with youth