Anger Management NBCC, NASW approved.*

Course Outline

hapter 1: Anger

Chapter 2: The Anger Episode Model

Chapter 3: Assessment and Diagnosis

Chapter 4: Overview of the Anger Management Program

Chapter 5: Assessing and Increasing Motivation

Chapter 6: Developing a Strong Therapeutic Alliance

Chapter 7: Increasing Awareness of Anger

Chapter 8: Avoidance and Escape

Chapter 9: Managing Physical Arousal

Chapter 10: Building Life Skills

Chapter 11: Social Problem Solving

Chapter 12: Exposure

Chapter 13: Fostering Cognitive Change: Seeing the World Realistically

Chapter 14: Fostering Cognitive Change II: Building a More Flexible Philosophy

Chapter 15: Forgiveness

Chapter 16: Relapse Prevention

Chapter 17: Anger Reduction for Practitioners

Chapter 18: Sample Anger Management Treatment Programs

Learning Objectives

After completion of the course you’ll be able to:

  1. Describe Yerkes-Dodson Law and relate angry arousal with performance.

  2. Define anger in terms of intensity, duration, frequency and body changes.

  3. Demonstrate expressions of the anger script.

  4. Differentiate between anger, hostility, aggression and aversive verbalizations.

  5. Identify 5 parts of anger episode model and describe how each can be used in an anger management program.

  6. List 9 negative outcomes associated with anger reactions.

  7. List 5 elements of assessment of anger.

  8. List 5 categories of anger diagnosis and discuss their defining characteristics.

  9. Identify 4 elements of anger management program and discuss their application in practice.

  10. Teach clients 4 crisis prevention strategies.

  11.  Identify active ingredients for successful anger management in the counseling process.

  12. Describe 8 techniques for increasing client awareness of the various elements of anger episodes.

  13. Differentiate between avoidance and escape strategies of anger management.

  14. Discuss the application of fight-or-flight response to anger management.

  15. Teach a client progressive muscle relaxation technique.

  16. Identify 3 life skills that can help reduce many anger problems.

  17. Discuss specific life situations and social skills necessary to handle them effectively.

  18. Define assertiveness.

  19. Identify and discuss four steps of the problem-solving model.

  20. Explain how exposure technique can be used to reduce angry reactions to aversive verbal stimuli.

  21. Discuss the application of principles and practices of cognitive intervention in the context of anger management.

  22. Recognize the difference between thoughts and feelings.

  23. Distinguish between Beck’s approach and Rational Emotive Behavior Change approach to cognitive therapy.

  24. Teach clients about the causes of their anger.

  25. Teach clients rational interpretations of triggers.

  26. Teach clients to differentiate between rational and irrational beliefs.

  27. Define forgiveness and explain why forgiveness is important.

  28. Distinguish between forgiveness and other possible responses to an offence, such as accepting, excusing, forgetting, etc.

  29. Identify and describe four phases of forgiveness.

  30. Outline 6 coping skills in anger management.

  31. List reasons why client anger reemerges after treatment begins to become effective.

  32. Outline strategies for managing client setbacks.

  33. Identify client characteristics that are likely to be a source of irritation and anger for practitioners.

  34. Using the techniques described for individual counseling, design a program suitable for group treatment.

To assess the effectiveness of the course material, we ask that you evaluate your achievement of each learning objective on a scale of A to D (A=excellent, B=good, C=fair, D=unsatisfactory). Please indicate your responses next to each learning objective and return it to us with your completed exam.

Customer Comments

“The text was excellent. I have anger management groups at the center where I work and the information from this course has been very helpful. Thank you!” – L.H.S., SW, KY

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