Anger Management: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Manual

By Jennifer Kolb, LCSW
Target Audience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Delivery Method: Online, Self-Paced
Credits: 3 CE Credit Hours


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Jennifer Kolb, LCSW; Social Work Consultant, reviewed and determined the course meets requirements for continuing education in the field of social work.  This course is appropriate for masters and clinical level social workers.  Jennifer graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisville, Kentucky.  She specializes in school-based psychotherapy with children and adolescents, as well as licensing exam coaching and preparation.

Content By: This publication was written by Patrick M. Reilly, Ph.D., and Michael S. Shopshire, Ph.D., of the San Francisco Treatment Research Center. Sharon Hall, Ph.D., was the Treatment Research Center’s Principal Investigator. This publication was produced in 2012 by JBS International, Inc., in contract with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  

Course Format: Course materials can be downloaded or read online. To receive a certificate of completion, you must complete a multiple-choice post-test with a score of 75% or better and complete a course evaluation. 


Course Description:

This publication is designed for use by clinicians who provide treatment to substance abuse and mental health clients with concurrent anger problems. The manual describes a 12-week cognitive behavioral anger management group treatment. Each of the 12 90-minute weekly sessions is described in detail with specific instructions for group leaders, tables and figures that illustrate the key conceptual components of the treatment, and homework assignments for the group participants. The treatment model is a combined cognitive behavioral therapy approach that employs relaxation, cognitive, and communication skills interventions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the implications of a conceptual framework and rationale for anger management treatment.
  2. Delineate how to analyze an anger episode and to identify the events and cues that indicate an escalation of anger.
  3. Describe how to teach group members cognitive behavioral strategies for controlling their anger.
  4. Summarize the implications of the application of the aggression cycle and learn how to apply progressive muscle relaxation, the A-B-C-D Model, the technique of thought-stopping, and the Conflict Resolution Model.
  5. Summarize the implications of how interactions with parents and families influence current behaviors.

Course Outline:

1.       Overview of Group Anger Management Treatment

2.       Understanding Anger

3.       Helping group Members Develop a Plan for Controlling Anger

4.       How to Change the Cycle

5.       Cognitive Restructuring: The ABCD Model and Thought Stopping

6.       Assertiveness Training and Conflict Resolution Model

7.       Anger and Family

8.       Conclusion 


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