Cobb County Government

Juvenile Justice Incentive Grant

Emily Townsend
Program Coordinator

Thinking for a Change

Thinking for a Change is an evidence-based, integrated cognitive-behavioral program that juvenile court began offering its youth in April of 2014. The program develops participants’ social and problem solving skills through role-play activities, demonstrations, and homework exercises. The program teaches participants how to create change in their thinking and behavior in order to make better decisions in their daily lives.

Aggression Replacement Training

Aggression Replacement Training® is a research-based; proven effective program that concentrates on development of individual competencies to address various emotional and social aspects that contribute to aggressive behavior in youths. Juvenile court began offering its youth Aggression Replacement Training in April of 2014. Program techniques are designed to teach youths how to control their angry impulses and take perspectives other than their own. The main goal is to reduce aggression and violence among youths by providing them with opportunities to learn pro-social skills in place of aggressive behavior.

Brief Strategic Family Therapy

Brief Strategic Family Therapy™(BSFT®) is an evidence-based, culturally sensitive family intervention which reduces delinquency and drug use in adolescents and strengthens the family unit. Juvenile Court introduced the BSFT model to families in October of 2015. It is a structured, problem-focused, directive, and practical approach to the treatment of conduct problems, associations with antisocial peers, early drug use and the accompanying maladaptive family interactions (relations), and other recognized youth risk factors.