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Handbook of Anger Management

Individual, Couple, Family, and Group Approaches

By Ronald T. Potter-Efron, Ron Potter-Efron

© 2005 – Routledge

282 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Introduction
  • Definitions and Basic Approach
  • Chapter 2. Assessment for Anger, Aggression, and Domestic Abuse
  • Introduction
  • 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
  • Summary
  • Chapter 3. 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
  • Summary
  • Chapter 4. Group and Individual Approaches to Anger and Aggression Management
  • Introduction
  • 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
  • Summary
  • Chapter 5. Attachment Theory, Domestic Violence, Jealousy, and Couples Counseling
  • Introduction
  • Models of Child Attachment and Adult Attachment
  • Anger, Abusiveness, and Attachment Styles
  • Romantic Jealousy and Attachment
  • Case Study: Excerpts from an Interview with a Jealous Man
  • 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 Couples
  • Case Study: Couples Therapy with a Mutually Violent Couple
  • Summary
  • Chapter 6. Working with Angry Children, Adolescents, and Families
  • Introduction
  • 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
  • Summary
  • Chapter 7. Resentment, Hate, Forgiveness, and Self-Forgiveness
  • Introduction
  • The Development of Resentment and Hate
  • Forgiveness As One Way to Diminish Resentment and Hate
  • Self-Forgiveness
  • Case Study: A Lesson in Forgiveness
  • Summary
  • Chapter 8. Anger Turned Inward
  • Introduction
  • 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
  • Summary
  • Chapter 9. The Emotional Brain: Anger, Fear, and Therapy
  • Introduction
  • 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
  • Summary
  • Appendix A. Anger Assessment Forms
  • Anger/Aggression Intake Questionnaire
  • Anger Styles Questionnaire
  • Treatment Planning Form
  • Anger Turned In

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