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Anger Management: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Manual

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Anger Management: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Manual – Online CE Course

Anger Management: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Manual Course Description, Objectives, and Outline:

Course Description:

This manual was designed for use by qualified substance abuse and mental health clinicians who work with substance abuse and mental health clients with concurrent anger problems. The manual describes a 12-week cognitive behavioral anger management group treatment. Each of the 12 90-minute weekly sessions is described in detail with specific instructions for group leaders, tables and figures that illustrate the key conceptual components of the treatment, and homework assignments for the group participants.

Course Objectives:
  1. Describe at least two dynamics of anger and related anger management challenges.
  2. Explain at least two appropriate cognitive behavioral anger management interventions.
  3. List at least two potential anger management services and interventions.
  4. Describe an interdisciplinary anger management approach.
  5. Explain at least one anger management group dynamic.
Course Outline:
  1. Introduction
  2. How To Use This Manual
    1. Session 1 Overview of Group Anger Management Treatment
    2. Session 2 Events and Cues: A Conceptual Framework for Understanding Anger
    3. Session 3 Anger Control Plans: Helping Group Members Develop a Plan for Controlling Anger
    4. Session 4 The Aggression Cycle: How To Change the Cycle
    5. Session 5 Cognitive Restructuring: The A-B-C-D Model and Thought Stopping
    6. Session 6 Practice Session #1: Reinforcing Learned Concepts
    7. Sessions 7 & 8 Assertiveness Training and the Conflict Resolution Model: Alternatives for Expressing Anger
    8. Sessions 9 & 10 Anger and the Family: How Past Learning Can Influence Present Behavior
    9. Session 11 Practice Session #2: Reinforcing Learned Concepts
    10. Session 12 Closing and Graduation: Closing Exercise and Awarding of Certificates
  3. References
  4. Appendix: Authors’ Acknowledgments
Instructors: Nicole Hiltibran, MA, LMFT; Julie Campbell, Phd
Author: SAMHSA


Numerous people contributed to the development of this manual (see appendix). The publication was written by Patrick M. Reilly, Ph.D., and Michael S. Shopshire, Ph.D., of the San Francisco Treatment Research Center. Sharon Hall, Ph.D., was the Treatment Research Center’s Principal Investigator.

This publication is, in part, a product of research conducted with support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Grant DA 09253, and the Department of Veterans Affairs to the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco Treatment Research Center, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco.

The publication was produced by JBS International, Inc., under Contract No. 270-99-7072 with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Karl White, Ed.D., served as the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) Knowledge Application Program (KAP) Project Officer.


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