Aggression Replacement Training (ART) is an intensive and impactful intervention, designed to promote prosocial skills, improve anger control and reduce the frequency of acting out behaviors. Curriculum consists of skill-streaming, moral reasoning, and anger control training. Students are taught skills to allow them to solve problems, improve positive decision making, and improve positive social interactions.
ART helps students have and identify:
• Emotional control- The ability of a person to understand and deal with their emotions in a socially appropriate way
• Triggers- An event or occurrences that causes a response of anger
• Coping Skills- Something that is utilized to help a person deal with a stressful event
• Conflict Cycle- A pattern of negative behavior that a person goes through
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is provided using the EQUIP program which combines peer helping group methods with cognitive development. CBT is utilized during mutual support group. CBT uses the idea that thoughts lead to actions. Having the understanding of ones thinking pattern can lead them to have an understanding of their behavior.
Work Programs: Our clients are provided the opportunity to work on-campus to earn money and develop their life skills. Highfields has a work program that provided student’s opportunity to become serve-safe certified.
Year round school is provided on campus.
Recreational Therapy: Organized recreational activities are provided such as football, basketball, golf, and weight training. Activities are scheduled to provide opportunities for youth to work together and develop team working skills.
Evidence Based practice: Michigan Juvenile Justice Assessment System (MJJAS) Criminogenic Risk is completed on Phoenix Students. All clients are assessed for strengths and needs and participate in developing a reintegration plan to successfully return them to their communities. ART training also falls under evidence based practice.
Trauma Responsive Care: The practice that all staffs and student interactions will be handled with respect, care and thoughtfulness. Previous trauma of the youth and the family with thought of when interacting with these individuals.
Examples of trauma responsive care:
• Highfields dining hall recently renovated
Integrated Experience- the idea that behaviors and attitudes of staff impact behaviors and attitudes of individuals
• Examples: Staff and student basketball game