Course Summary

Practice Level: Intermediate

This updated manual contains a 12-week cognitive behavioral anger management group treatment model. The content includes specific instructions and suggested remarks for group leaders, and exercises for group members. This model will work in a variety of clinical settings, and with diverse audiences.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a practice test. When you’re ready, purchase the course by clicking the “Add To Cart” button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the benefits of cognitive behavior interventions for anger management, necessary conditions for treatment, and the purpose of group rules for anger management treatment.
  • Differentiate anger, aggression, assertiveness, and hostility.
  • Explain cues for anger and other anger monitoring techniques.
  • Describe anger control plans, the aggression cycle, and cognitive restructuring as it relates to anger management, and the conflict resolution model.
  • Identify ways to help clients understand how past learning influences present behavior.

Course Syllabus



How To Use This Manual

Session 1 Overview of Group Anger Management Treatment

Session 2 Events and Cues: A Conceptual Framework for Understanding Anger

Session 3 Anger Control Plans: Helping Group Members Develop a Plan for Controlling Anger

Session 4 The Aggression Cycle: How To Change the Cycle

Session 5 Cognitive Restructuring: The A-B-C-D Model and Thought Stopping

Session 6 Practice Session #1: Reinforcing Learned Concepts

Sessions 7 & 8 Assertiveness Training and the Conflict Resolution Model: Alternatives for Expressing Anger

Sessions 9 & 10 Anger and the Family: How Past Learning Can Influence Present Behavior

Session 11 Practice Session #2: Reinforcing Learned Concepts

Session 12 Closing and Graduation: Closing Exercise and Awarding of Certificates



Patrick M Reilly, PhD & Michael S. Shopshire, PhD for SAMHSA

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. SAMHSA leads public health efforts that advance the behavioral health of the nation. On SAMHSA states that its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on communities in America.

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