|The JJC utilizes Aggression Replacement Training (ART) which focuses on the underlying philosophy that every act of adolescent aggression, whether in school, at home, or in the community, has both external and internal causes. ART is an evidenced-based cognitive behavior intervention that consists of three components:
Anger Control teaches participants what triggers their anger and how to control their reactions.
Behavioral Skills provides a series of pro-social skills through modeling, role-playing, and performance feedback.
Moral Reasoning encourages participants to work through cognitive conflict in discussion groups and tests youth to use what they learn in class in life situations.
ART is provided at all JJC residential community homes and secure care facilities. More intense dosages of the curriculum are provided for residents in the JJC’s Behavioral Adjustment Units. At the conclusion of the 12 week anger control section, family members are invited to attend a graduation ceremony, while the instruction on the second two components extends throughout a resident’s stay with the JJC.