Anger-Management / Emotional Regulation Group
The anger management group consists of teaching students various components that function together to form an over all ability to manage anger in constructive rather destructive ways. The components are: helping students behaviorally define anger and anger management, non-violent communication skills training, conflict resolution training, mediation training, learning to self observe and measure anger arousal patterns and identify associated triggers, the use of journals and diaries to modify unhelpful internal dialog and reinforce positive self talk, relaxation training (i.e., deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, etc.) to address understanding and self control of physiological arousal, use of role play, systematic desensitization, stress inoculation, problem solving and assertiveness training. Various modalities are used to teach these components including psycho educational, group therapy, bibliography, experiential education and cooperative play techniques.
The group format has an open enrollment and can be structured to occur in 4, 6, 8 or 12 week blocks with repetition for remediation as needed.