Aggression Replacement Training® is a multi-component
cognitive-behavioral treatment to promote pro-social behavior by
addressing factors that contribute to aggression in children and
adolescents including limited interpersonal social and coping
skills, impulsiveness, over-reliance on aggression to meet daily
needs, and egocentric and concrete values.A cost benefit analysis
by the Washington State Institute for Public
Policy finds this program results in reduced
criminal behavior and significant cost savings.
Aggression Replacement Training® curriculum has consistently
shown positive outcomes across a number of quasi-experimental
Reduced criminal behavior
Decreased conduct problem behaviors
Increased pro-social behaviors
Improved anger control
Aggression Replacement Training® consists of three components
each of which is conducted with a group of 6-8 youth including
Skillstreaming, Anger Control Training, and Moral Reasoning
Skillstreaming teaches youth pro-social skills. The approach,
developed by Arnold Goldstein, consists of a series of social
learning instructional procedures that are used to teach a set of
50 skills. The instructional procedures include:
Modeling of pro-social skills.
Role-playing—guided practice of the skills.
Performance feedback—praise and reinstruction.
Transfer training—homework involving applying the new skill
in a real life situations.
Anger Control Training
Anger Control Training teaches youth how to manage angry
feelings. In a complimentary way, the approach, developed by Eva
Feindler and her colleagues, consists of a series of social
learning procedures taught across 10 weekly sessions including:
Recognizing triggers—external events and internal appraisals
that result in angry feelings.
Recognizing cues—kinesthetic or other physiological
sensations signifying anger.
Learning and using reducers—arousal lowering techniques like
backward counting, deep breathing, peaceful imagery, and
reflection on long-term consequences.
Use of reminders—self-instructional statements designed to
reinterpret and defuse internal triggers.
Use of appropriate Skillstreaming alternatives to anger or
Self-evaluation of the use and results from the anger control
Moral Reasoning Training
Moral Reasoning Training, through social perspective taking
opportunities, teaches youth higher levels of moral reasoning,
characterized by mutuality (treating others as you would hope
they would treat you), and interdependence and cooperation for
the sake of society. The approach consists of facilitated
discussion in regards to understanding and responding to a series
of moral dilemma vignettes. The group activities include:
Introducing the problem situation.
Cultivating mature morality.
Remediating moral developmental delays.
Consolidating mature morality.
CIBHS is pleased to be able to offer Aggression Replacement
Training® through its agreement with Educational &
Treatment Alternatives, Inc., a recognized provider of Aggression