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Anger Management Program Description

Each group consists of—

  • A round of introductions
  • The question of the week
  • An educational presentation by the therapist
  • Group discussion of assignments and current issues in group members’ lives

Educational components are described in the following paragraphs. The program takes approximately twelve weeks to complete. You can start the program at any point in the sequence. The first two modules, Defining Anger and Thought Journal, are covered briefly in any session where new group members are present.

Defining Anger

What is the difference between anger, rage, and anger management? You will learn the working definitions of these terms so that you can learn to identify them in yourself and others.

Thought Journal

To manage our anger, we must understand our reaction to events –

External Event »
        Internal Evaluation of Event »
                Emotion »
                         Behavior »

You will learn how to use a journal in a structured process to identify your personal patterns of behavior in reaction to anger triggers.

Identifying Hidden Anger

Often we are not aware of our hidden anger. You will learn important skills you can use to manage your anger –

  • Recognizing
  • Owning
  • Discharging

Coping Responses

There are many techniques you can use to cope with difficult situations. These include both thoughts (internal coping responses) and behaviors (external coping responses). In this module you will learn internal and external coping responses that you can use when angry.

Self-Defeating Thoughts

This module will help you learn to identify self-defeating thoughts that interfere with your engaging in assertive behaviors and healthy relationships.

Intimacy Circles

Each of us operates at multiple levels of intimacy as shown in the diagram to the right.

In this module you will identify those levels in which you are experiencing the most difficulties with managing your anger.

Concentric circles with self at the center, surrounded by intimates, then close friends, then acquaintances, then strangers

Assertiveness Skills

You will learn the differences between passive, aggressive, and assertive behavior so that you can develop more assertive patterns of behavior. Assertive behavior allows you to express your wants and needs without violating the other person's boundaries.

Relaxation Techniques

You will learn progressive relaxation techniques. Progressive relaxation involves deep breathing and guided imagery. It is a skill that can be learned and used to relax and relieve stress.

Anger Management Quiz

You will take a short quiz that will help evaluate your level of understanding of anger management.

Identifying Success

What does it mean to successfully manage your anger? In this module you will identify your successes and your new and improved ways of managing anger.  

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