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Anger Management
May 18-19 2000  Lancaster Host Resort

Thursday, May 18, 2000

Howard Kassinove, Ph.D., ABPP

Anger Basics and Evidence Based Interventions

Participants will:

Understand anger as an everyday and a psychopathological phenomenon.

Learn a specific four-stage anger model and how it is applied in various clinical settings and cultures.

Learn specific, evidence based, cognitive-behavioral interventions for clients who have high anger.

Understand the role of specific in-session behavioral exercises and technology-based treatment advances


8:15 a.m. Registration (continental breakfast)

9:00 The Nature of Annoyance, Anger, Aggression, Hostility, and Rage

Anger is not aggression! Or, is it?

Definition, diagnosis and anger

 theory for practitioners

The benefits of anger / the tragedy of anger

Working with clients from different cultural backgrounds. Universality and variation in anger “scripts.”

            10:35 The Anger Episode Model

 Triggers, Experiences, Expressions, and    Outcomes

Interpersonal and marital anger

Workplace anger and aggression

Parent/child anger

Driving anger (road rage)

Intrapersonal anger: brooding and rumination

Anger directed towards psychotherapists and counselors

Measurement of anger

Noon Lunch (on your own)

1:35 Interventions for the Practitioner

Cognitive, Behavioral, & Philosophical Approaches

Pay no attention and it won’t go away

Put on a happy face

Stress inoculation training

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy: Irrational Thinking and Anger Episodes

Relaxation: the time tested “aspirin” of CBT

“Barb” your way to anger reduction: Specifics of an evidence based, in-vivo approach

Importance of the therapeutic alliance

2:45 Break (coffee, tea, soda, snack)

3:00 Practice Makes Better!

Role Plays

The “Prisoners’ Dilemma” and anger: Use in the therapist’s office

Future oriented, virtual reality therapies for anger

4:30 Adjournment (pick up one-day certificates)


Friday, May 19, 2000

Raymond Chip Tafrate, Ph.D.

Anger Management for Counselors

Participants will:

Better understand the effects of therapists’ anger on treatment outcomes.

Learn a comprehensive menu of strategies for managing their own anger in a therapeutic setting.

Acquire, through practice and demonstrations, new cognitive and behavioral skills for reducing their own aanger and for responding constructively to ambivalent and hostile clients.


8:15 a.m. Registration (continental breakfast)

9:00 Common anger triggers faced by counselors: A review of sample cases

Ambivalent and poorly motivated clients
Hostile, critical, and angry clients
Clients who sabotage treatment

10:00 The effects of therapists’ anger on client outcomes

Counselors predictions and treatment outcome
Harsh confrontation versus empathy
Counselors’ emotional reactions & the therapeutic alliance

10:20 Break (coffee and tea)

10:35 A comprehensive menu of strategies for managing anger in a therapeutic setting

Develop awareness of in-session anger reactions
Foster the therapeutic alliance
Manage physical activation and body language
Identify, challenge, and replace anger engendering beliefs
Develop and practice responses that strengthen the alliance and client’s commitment to change
Learn from mistakes

Noon Lunch (on your own)

1:30 Dealing effectively with client ambivalence

Thinking realistically about client motivation
Responding effectively to client ambivalence
Role-play practice demonstrations

3:00 Dealing with hostile, critical, and angry clients

Thinking about therapist–client conflict

De-escalating techniques for responding to hostile and critical clients

Role-play practice demonstrations

4:30 Adjournment (pick up certificates)