Juvenile detention center provides teen anger management classes

Since adolescence is often characterized by tumultuous emotions, it can be difficult for a parent to determine whether their child has a genuine anger management issue or is simply acting out.  However, if your son or daughter does struggle to handle negative emotions like frustration and rage, it may lead them violent acts that can jeopardize their future.

Even if a teenager has committed such an offense, it is never too late to address their anger management problem. Recently, the Victorville Daily Press, a regional news outlet in California, reported that a juvenile detention facility in the area offered anger management classes to violent offenders to promote their growth and reduce their risk of repeating certain mistakes.

“Juvenile hall isn’t about being detained,” probation correction officer Darrell Warren – a staff member at the High Desert Juvenile Detention and Assessment Center – told the source. “We offer many different programs – it’s not all about detaining the kids, but about helping them also.”

Known as the Anger Replacement Therapy (ART) program, this collection of courses is intended to “teach [juvenile offenders] skills that most people are trained to have, but many of these kids are not,” said Terrence Westbrook, another probation officer who teaches teen anger management classes at the facility.

Since they began offering these programs, the administrators at the center say that the violence among residents has fallen by as much as 70 to 80 percent. Time will tell if this rehabilitative measure will continue to benefit these individuals upon release.

If your teen has difficulty handling difficult situations, you can take action before their rage leads to something serious. We offer online anger management classes for teens, so these young adults can address their emotions coolly and rationally.

Carlos Todd PhD LCMHC

Dr. Carlos Todd PhD LCMHC specializes in anger management, family conflict resolution, marital and premarital conflict resolution. His extensive knowledge in the field of anger management may enable you to use his tested methods to deal with your anger issues.


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