Handbook of Anger Management: Individual, Couple, Family, and Group Approaches

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Get the most from your ability to work with clients suffering the effects of chronic anger

The Handbook of Anger Management provides therapists and counselors with a comprehensive review of anger and aggression management techniques, presenting specific guidelines to a number of immediately useful methods. Clinical psychotherapist Ronald T. Potter-Efron, Director of the Anger Management Center At First Things First, LTD, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, offers straightforward solutions to the complicated problem of anger, detailing core treatment options and intervention methods that meet the needs of individual clients, couples, families, and groups. This practical guidebook examines rage, aggression, hostility, resentment, hatred, anger avoidance, and chronic anger and includes fact-based case studies that illustrate effective theory and practice.

The Handbook of Anger Management guides therapists through the process of assessing anger in their clients, determining the reasons for—and the consequences of—anger and aggression. The book examines individual and group modalities, using behavioral, cognitive, affective, and existential/spiritual treatment approaches to define anger and anger problems and how they relate to social learning, to examine the relationship between anger and aggression and between anger and domestic violence, and to address the concept of "healthy anger."

The Handbook of Anger Management examines:

  • four major intervention areas that can help lessen anger
  • the pros and cons of group versus individual counseling
  • treating angry children, adolescents, and families
  • how patterns of resentment and hatred are developed
  • self-forgiveness
  • five damaging aspects of anger turned inward
  • the neurological aspects of anger
  • and much more!
The Handbook of Anger Management is an essential guidebook for psychologists, social workers, anger management therapists, and domestic abuse counselors, and for academics working in mental health fields.
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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This book provides a comprehensively thorough discussion of anger management and ready-to-use anger management techniques for clinicians to implement in their practices. It is well written and well designed.
Purpose: The purpose is to examine anger management and provide clinicians with not only individual treatment options but couple, family, and group therapies as well. The book is designed to look at all sides of anger and weighs the pros and cons of treatment interventions. These are worthy objectives given the fact that anger can be such a detrimental hindrance in practice and in daily life.
Audience: Intended mainly for anger management counselors, domestic violence counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals, this book will satisfy and elaborate on an all-too-commonly encountered issue in practice. The author is highly credible and brings a wealth of knowledge and strong perspectives on the subject.
Features: The book appropriately defines anger and anger management. Assessment for anger, aggression, and domestic abuse examines the State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory, the Anger/Aggression Intake Questionnaire, and gives an excellent case study of assessment of a chronically angry client. All of the main facets of anger are examined and differentiations between children, adolescents, adults, and families are explored in detail. The Anger Assessment Forms and the Anger Management Reading Assignments in the appendixes are invaluable.
Assessment: This is an indispensable resource for all clinicians who have to manage and deal with anger-related issues. Definitely a must-have, must-read, must-use book for every clinician!

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789024541
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,264,112
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Definitions and Basic Approach
An Introduction to the Contents of This Book

Chapter 1. Assessment for Anger, Aggression, and Domestic Abuse
The Anger/Aggression Intake Questionnaire
The State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory
The Anger Styles Questionnaire
Anger Assessment As a Bridge to Treatment
Anger Differential Diagnosis Typology
Domestic Aggression Typology
Adult Psychological Diagnoses and Conditions Associated with Anger and
Aggression Problems
Anger, Alcoholism, and Addiction
Case Study: Assessment of a Chronically Angry Client with Multiple Problems

Chapter 2. Intervention Approaches in Anger Management
Introduction: Intervention Philosophies and Approaches
Behavioral Approach: Introducing Clients to an Objective Change Focus
Cognitive Aspects of Anger Management
Affective Anger Management Approaches
Existential/Spiritual Anger Management Approaches
Case Study: A Woman Who Is Angry at the Universe

Chapter 3. Group and Individual Approaches to Anger and Aggression
The General Value of Therapeutic Group Work
Educational/Therapeutic Group Work with Angry and Aggressive Clients
Individualized Anger and Aggression Management Counseling: An Alternative
to Group Work
Case Study: A Man Who Benefited from Both Group and Individual Counseling

Chapter 4. Attachment Theory, Domestic Violence, Jealousy, and Couples
Models of Child Attachment and Adult Attachment
Anger, Abusiveness, and Attachment Styles
Romantic Jealousy and Attachment
Adults with Attachment Concerns: General Therapeutic Considerations
Identifying and Treating Anger Patterns and Losses in Close Relationships
Based on Attachment Styles
Couples Counseling from an Attachment Perspective with Physically Violent
Case Study: Couples Therapy with a Mutually Violent Couple

Chapter 5. Working with Angry Children, Adolescents, and Families
Child and Adolescent Susceptibility to Anger Control Problems
Selected Treatment Suggestions with Angry Children and Adolescents
Characteristics of Angry Families
Working with Angry Families
Case Study: Treating an Angry Family

Chapter 6. Resentment, Hate, Forgiveness, and Self-Forgiveness
The Development of Resentment and Hate
Forgiveness As One Way to Diminish Resentment and Hate
Case Study: A Study in Forgiveness

Chapter 7. Anger Turned Inward
Identifying Anger-Turned-Inward Patterns of Behavior
Therapeutic Concepts, Guidelines, Interventions, and Exercises for Treating
Anger Turned Inward
Self-Damaging Patterns and Their Treatment
Case Study: The Lady Who Quit Smiling

Chapter 8. The Emotional Brain: Anger, Fear, and Therapy
What Are Emotions? Why Do We Have Them?
The Stressed and Traumatized Brain: Fear and Anger
The Anger and Aggression Connection with the Stressed Brain
Therapy for Angry and Aggressive Behavior
Case Study: A Dissociative Client Learns to Stay Conscious When Angry

Appendix A. Anger Assessment Forms
Anger/Aggression Intake Questionnaire
Anger Styles Questionnaire
Treatment Planning Form
Anger Turned Inward Quiz

Appendix B. Anger Management Reading Assignments

Twelve-Week Anger Management Program for Minimally or Moderately Physically
Aggressive Individuals

Twelve-Week Anger Management Program for Severely Physically Aggressive

Twelve-Week Anger Management Program for Men Who Commit Acts of Physical
Domestic Abuse


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