“I've worked with Headway for over ten years and the quality of the services they provide to youth and their family has been excellent. The staff genuinely care about their clients and want them to be successful…they hold their young clients accountable for their behavior.

- Willie Bridges, Senior Planning Analyst, Office of the Hennepin County Attorney

Child & Adolescent Aggression Replacement Training

Aggression Replacement Training (A.R.T.) Group is a 6 hour (6-week, 1-hour per week) psycho-educational group to help adolescents 10-18 learn how to better cope with their feelings of anger. New group sessions begin the first week of every month.

Learning new skills is often difficult. Parents will be provided with information to look over while group is in session each week. This will help parents stay informed on what is being taught so they can help support the new changes their adolescent is trying to make.

The only thing we ask new group members to bring to group is an open mind that things can be different if they want them to be.

Main Concepts Addressed In Group:

¨ Understanding the Teenage Brain

¨ The ABC’s of Anger:

A=antecedent or what led up to the problem?
B=behavior or what did you do or your response to A?
C=consequence or what were the results of your behavior (B)?

¨ Beliefs about Anger – Where does it come from?

¨ Anger Control Chain: Trigger, Cues, Anger Reducers

¨ Cycle of Anger (Behavior Chain)

¨ Empathy

¨ Perception

Goals of Group

¨ Adolescents will be able to verbalize the source of their anger.

¨ Adolescents will be able to recognize anger triggers, identify anger cues, and implement effective calming strategies.

¨ Adolescents will recognize how past difficulty with anger has resulted in negative consequences experienced by themselves and others.

¨ Adolescents will learn assertive communication skills to replace aggressive responses.

¨ Adolescents will learn pro-social decision making skills.

¨ Adolescents will be empowered to make choices that emulate who they want to be, not who they/others think they should be.

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