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VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

An Innovative Approach to Working With Angry Adolescents Using Therapeutic Principles and Martial Arts

Isaac Burt


For some aggressive adolescents, conventional counseling methods appear limited in handling the excessive energy and issues individuals in this population have. With traditional talk therapy not effective, a gap exists for practitioners on what to do when counseling this populace. Martial arts, however, have a tradition of discipline and self control for people who practice them. Thus, martial arts may be an alternative for aggressive adolescents if counselors can synthesize martial arts and counseling principles into a movement-based therapeutic intervention. The purpose of this article is to provide counselors with this movement-based intervention. Recommendations for shifting from a conventional approach to working with aggressive adolescents to a movement-based therapeutic approach are described in this article.

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