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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael S. Goldsby, PhD, CCRP (Family Psychiatry of The Woodlands)
Description: Driven by their desire to address the growing incidence of physical aggression among 8-to-12-year-old school children, these authors present the cognitive-behavioral-based, empirically supported therapeutic intervention known as the Anger Coping Program (ACP). This timely book examines the historical and current data on child aggression and describes in detail how therapists and others can intervene effectively with angry, aggressive children by implementing the ACP therapeutic approach. The in-depth information in this book will allow clinical practitioners to review the techniques and immediately implement this program in schools and school-like settings.
Purpose: The authors' purpose in writing this book is to provide a "practitioner-friendly" book on how to intervene effectively with angry, aggressive children. They also wanted to create a convenient and reliable resource for practitioners on the theory, empirical data, and practical application of the ACP.
Audience: The target audience includes school psychologists, counselors, administrators, parents, and others who work with 8-to-12-year-old children exhibiting anger management and behavior problems in school or school-like settings. Mental health professionals in residential settings may also find the book to be of value.
Features: With this second edition, the authors have made substantial improvements, such as updating empirical data and practical application procedures and providing hints and suggestions that help make the book much more practitioner-friendly. The first two chapters are a comprehensive overview of the development of aggression, which helps readers to better understand the guiding principles and theoretical orientation of ACP. Therapists who have limited experience with aggressive, angry children will find these chapters to be extremely helpful as a foundation for the subsequent chapters that address the practical application of ACP. Chapters three through seven introduce essential concepts of ACP, which is described as a schoolwide collaboration and an intervention that is truly multisystemic across schoolwide systems in its approach that actively involves the most influential adults in the child's life. Also in this edition is the newly formatted and updated step-by-step treatment manual for the program. Other important additions are the chapters on working with girls, as well as with children from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Assessment: The timing of this second edition could not be better. School officials, administrators, and counselors are seeing an increase in the incidence of violence and aggression among 8-to-12-year-old school children, and now they can implement an empirically supported therapeutic intervention that targets this growing concern. The Anger Coping Program is magnificently explained in detail in a way to make this the most user-friendly training curriculum for it to date. I highly recommend this book as the go-to instructional guide for all mental health practitioners who wish to help school children cope with anger using these techniques.