The Anger Management Program consists of eight to ten (8-10) individual counselling sessions designed to help clients recognize the roots of their anger, develop awareness of the negative effects of excessive anger and learn anger mastery.
During these sessions the client will explore what are some main triggers of excessive anger, and how excessive anger can be very damaging to his/her relationships and other topics related to managing one’s anger effectively. Each session is approximately 45 minutes to about 1 hour in length and the duration of the program is usually between 1 to 2 months. Some sessions may also be completed over the telephone (telephone counselling), and using the internet (e-mail correspondence).
The program can also be completed within a shorter period of time. It meets the requirements of the Ontario Court System.
The following topics are usually covered in the eight to ten (8-10) counselling sessions, duration of each- 45 minutes to 1-hour, of the Anger Management Program:
- Anger assessment: narrative, context
- Counselling goals, tailored to needs of client, based on client's narrative
- Anger triggers and styles: identification, awareness
- Anger body cues: anger physiology, the stress response
- Power and control issues: how to deal with these
- Gender roles: impact on men and anger
- Effective communication versus shaming and blaming
- Assertiveness, aggressiveness and passiveness in expressing anger
- Anger interventions and applications e.g. non-retaliation, defusing anger in confrontations, keeping and anger journal
- Review of the above topics.