Living Water Counseling Center

476 Appleton St, Suite 2
Holyoke, Massachusetts 01040
Phone: (413) 315-3194   Email: [email protected]    Fax: (413) 322-8404

 

"Recovery Road" 12-Week Anger Management Group

Living Water Counseling Center


"Recovery Road" Anger Management Group

Ruben Soto , facilitator


Our Anger Management is a 12-week process group. The concepts and skills presented are best learned by practice, review and homework assignments. We use a SAMHSA (State) approved curriculum. Participation in this program will help you develop the skills that are necessary for self-control.



Group Session 1: Orientation Session: Today’s topic: “Anger Management Initial Orientation.” 


In this first session, participants will get a general overview of the anger management treatment. This includes the purpose of the group, group rules, definitions of anger and aggression, myths about anger, anger as a habitual response, and the introduction of the anger meter used to monitor anger.


Group Session 2: Today’s topic: “Events and Cues.”


In this session, participants begin to learn how to analyze an episode of anger. This involves learning how to identify events and cues that indicate an escalation of anger.


Group Session 3: Today’s topic: “Anger Control Plans.”


In this session, participants will begin learning about specific strategies to manage your anger. The anger control plan refers to the list of strategies you will identify to manage and control your anger.


Group Session 4: Today’s topic: “The Aggression Cycle.”


In this session, participants will learn about the Aggression Cycle and practice progressive muscle relaxation. The Aggression Cycle serves as an integrative framework that incorporates the concepts of anger meter, cues to anger and the anger control plan.


In the following three sessions, participants will learn about the A-B-C-D Model as a form of cognitive restructuring. Participants will also learn about thought stopping, an alternative to the A-B-C-D Model.


Group Session 5: Today’s topic: “Cognitive Restructuring.” 


Today's topic: “A” stands for an activating event. The activating event is the “event” or red-flag event.


Group Session 6: Today's topic “Cognitive Restructuring.” 


Today's topic: “B” represents our beliefs about the activating event. It is not the events themselves that produce feelings such as anger; it is our interpretations and beliefs about the events.


Group Session 7: Today's topic “Cognitive Restructuring.” 

 

Today's topic: “C” stands for the emotional consequences. These are the feelings experienced as a result of interpretations and beliefs concerning the event. 


 “D” stands for dispute. This part of the model involves identifying any irrational beliefs and disputing them with more rational or realistic ways of looking at the activating event. The idea is to replace self-statements that lead to, or escalate, anger with ideas that allow you to have a more realistic and accurate interpretation of the event.


Group Session 8:  “Q&A Session-Review.”


In this session, participants will review and summarize the basic concepts of anger presented so far. A time for Q&A will be given at the end of the session. 


Group Session 9: “Assertiveness and the Conflict Resolution Model.” 


In these two sessions, participants will learn about assertiveness and the Conflict Resolution Model and how acting in an assertive manner can reduce conflicts you have with others.


Group Session 10: “Assertiveness and the Conflict Resolution Model,” cont'd 


In these two sessions, participants will learn about assertiveness and the Conflict Resolution Model and how acting in an assertive manner can reduce conflicts you have with others.


Group Session 11: “Anger and the Family.”


In these two sessions, you will learn how anger and other emotions were expressed in your family. This involves analyzing how past family interactions affect current thoughts, feelings, and behavior.


Group Session 12: “Anger and the Family,” cont'd


In these two sessions, you will learn how anger and other emotions were expressed in your family. This involves analyzing how past family interactions affect current thoughts, feelings, and behavior.


Closing and Graduation (optional): Program review and Awarding of Certificates.


In this final session, participants will review their anger control plans and rate the treatment components for their usefulness and familiarity. Participants will also complete a closing exercise and be awarded a Certificate of Completion. ~ This session free for those paying cash.


Food & refreshment will be served.