Services: Evidence Based

Aggression Replacement Training
A.R.C. received a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) to train staff in Aggression Replacement Training (A.R.T). Mark Amendola conducted the training last fall and we are now conducting A.R.T. in our residential group homes. Plans are underway to implement A.R.T. in our Neighborhood Reporting Centers and a modified A.R.T. program will be implemented at the Schaffner Youth Center.

Criminal and Addictive Thinking
This is an evidence- based, cognitive behavior program. The Criminal and Addictive Workbook is for students who have any kind of addiction and/or a criminal background. The workbook can be used in a group setting or in individual counseling . It is an open group that meets for as long as the student requires the service. It focuses on helping the student see how their thought processes keep them stuck in destructive behaviors, helps them to recognize the connection between addiction and criminal activity and develop new ,healthier ways of relating to others. It is offered at all the residential programs.

Motivational Interviewing

Dauphin County received a grant from the PCCD to implement Motivational Interviewing (M.I.) in their Juvenile Probation Office. Dauphin County invited staff from A.R.C. to be part of both the M.I. overview training program and the Intensive Coaching Training Program. A.R.C. is in the process of implementing M.I. throughout the agency.

Youth Level of Service
A.R.C. staff are being trained in understanding and implementing the Youth Level of Service (Y.L.S.) now being used by Juvenile Probation Offices throughout the state. Implementation of the risk/needs assessment instrument, along with the treatment domains that are identified will allow A.R.C. and Juvenile Probation to develop and I.S.P. that is specific, child based and focused on reducing the risk of reoffending.

Relapse Prevention [Drug and Alcohol]
This is an evidence-based, cognitive behavior program much like Criminal and addictive Thinking, but takes a more in-depth focus on drug and alcohol addiction and recovery. The Relapse prevention Workbook helps the students develop healthier ways of relating to others and how to keep their recovery strong. The workbook can be used in a group or in individual counseling. This is an open group.

Criminal and Addictive Thinking Group
This weekly group uses an evidence-based, cognitive behavior program to address the delinquent thought process used by youth in our care. This thinking is then connected to the abuse of drugs and alcohol.

Pathways
This is an evidence-based cognitive behavioral program for adolescents with sexual offending behaviors and is only offered at the Mulberry program or individually at other programs. This curriculum provides information on sexual offending causes of sexual offending and empathy. This is an open group that meets for 1 hour per week during the student’s entire stay at Mulberry and is part of a comprehensive program for adolescents with sexual offending issues.

Relapse Prevention [Sexual Offending Issues]
This is an evidence-based cognitive behavior program for adolescents with sexual offending issues. It is utilized in concert with the pathways curriculum to provide a continuum of Sexual offending services for students at Mulberry. Strategies to help the student develop a strong recovery process are emphasized as well as developing positive coping skills. This is an ongoing group and can also be utilized in individual counseling.

Additional Groups:
Girls Circle

This is a structured open group for girls. It integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training in a specific format designed to increase positive connection, personal and collective strengths and competence in girls. This group is held weekly at Zimmerman.

Trauma Focused Counseling

This counseling program is provided on both an individual and group basis to male and female students, depending on the needs of the individual youth. The residential Counseling Program for Trauma Focused Groups, initially developed by ARC, Inc., is used as the basic curriculum.

Behavioral and Restorative Justice
This group is offered in all the residential programs and Schaffner. It is a closed group that meets 1 hour a week for 10 weeks. The curriculum focuses on teaching the principles of: community protection, accountability and competency development and is an adaptation from Valerie Bender’s Victim and Community Awareness: An Impact of Crime Curriculum for juvenile offenders. The curriculum includes role plays, completing community service, and writing apology letters to crime victims.

Grief and Loss
This is a 7 week closed group designed to help grieving teens heel from their loss. .The group will engage those who grieve any type of loss [not just death] and encourage them to identify, internalize and /or verbalize personal feelings while working through the grieving process. A grief and Loss Workbook is utilized to facilitate this group and it can also be utilized in individual counseling.


Regular Service Components Used:

Individual Service Planning
Psychological Services
Psychiatric Services (Provided by Outside Consultant Paid by Medical Assistance)
Individual Counseling
Emotional Intelligence
Morning Meetings
Sexual Behavior Problem Counseling
Parenting Skills Training
Crisis Group
Anti-Gun/BARJ Group
Social Development and Coping Skills
Victim Empathy
Mediation/Resolution of Family Conflicts
Employment Skills/Readiness
Family Interaction via Supervised Community Visits
Education (PRRI Funded), Shelter Care (School District Funded)
Field Trips
Culinary Arts Program (PRRI Funded)
Balanced and Restorative Justice
Physical Fitness (education) and Recreation Activities
Unsupervised Home Pass