Anger Management is a marketing term applied to those who often lack the necessary skills to manage anger. In order to efficiently “manage” anger, or any feeling, we all need to be skilled in our impression management, frustration tolerance and impulse control. As in all skills, the golden rule is form before technique.
Depending upon your situation, you have the option to either participate in our In-office program or enroll in our Online program. All court referrals are required to participate in the In-office programs located at the Hampstead Professional Park, Hampstead, New Hampshire, or 2757 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, New Hampshire 03860.
Anger Management Evaluation consists of four one-hour sessions. These are individual based sessions consisting of the following:
Session One: During this first session: intake, screening, orientation is performed that consists of personal, situational, and life history data collection. If court referral, copy of arresting police report is required for review.
Session Two: The participant’s impression management is assessed. Impression management consists of those impressions of “who” (e.g., identity) a person thinks he or she is (e.g., personal self) in relation to the world (e.g., social self) in the form of expectations. Expectations not met often trigger frustration.
Session Three: The participant’s frustration tolerance manifest as thresholds to expectations not met are assessed whereby revealing personal and social triggers to the anger-response. Depending upon the participant’s level of cognitive-problem solving, the anger-response is expressed as impulses.
Session Four: The participant’s impulse control is assessed whereby identifying irrational acts of impulsivity employed in order to avoid, intimidate, or eliminate the perceived ideal or real threat to the participant’s real or perceived self.
Upon completion of the evaluation process, a comprehensive Anger Management Evaluation is documented and copy provided to the participant along with the origninal copy sent directly to his or her choice of recipients.
When choosing to pursue Anger Management Training through the MyDiscover Model, you are required to participate two sessions, hours of standardized assessments and two sessions, hours of structured interviews. The reason is to assess for and isolate any issues you may have to managing your anger. After all, if you have not idea of what trips you up, you will indeed continue to fall. The fact of the matter is our evaluation process is an opportunity for you learn to learn what triggers your anger, pushes your buttons, sets you off. Once aware of your unique issues, you are then in the best place you could be, and that being acquiring alternative skills to managing the experience and expression of your anger. Seriously, why not, for the first time in your life, embrace the human condition that we all share, that condition being the want for competence and independence. It is through perceived or real incompetence and dependence that we respond with anger, or more specifically, an offender pattern of hostile aggression.
The standardized assessments used in this process are the Anger Disorder Scale (DiGiuseppe, R. and Tafrate, C. R, 2004) along with the Paulhus Deception Scale (Paulhus, L. D. 1999).
All participants in our programs are educated upon an efficient orientation to the process of behavioral change. The perspective participants are educated upon is the MyDiscover Model. This perspective establishes a platform for behavioral change through a cognitive-social orientation to the capability of change and the dynamics involved in that process. Each client learns to reevaluate his or her orientation of change not as a prospect of self-denial and limitation; rather an opportunity to experience a life not lived.
In an effort to improve learning in the class, the counselors apply a method called deliberate practice. Deliberate practice combines what you know about your anger, and then shows you how you create your own personal threat which triggers your anger. By applying formative assessments to gauge what you know about your anger, helps us provide you with awareness as to how you loose control. The constructivism to our MyDiscover Model is our technical way for us to make practical to you ways to apply rational and functional anger management through your day-to-day lives.
Within each session, you will be challenged by a series of challenging questions and tasks that require you to practice anger management-like reasoning, conflict resolute, and problem solving.
For all you want-to-be Anger Management counselors out there, the method of deliberate practice helps our staff understand why some methods work and how they can be optimized to addressing our client’s specific learning styles and needs. This approach is fare more efficient and effective that workbook cookie cutter one-size-fits-all programs.
First module: consists of psycho-education to the process of behavioral change.
Second module: consists of skills training on Impression Management, which addresses your primary relationship in personal and social self.
Third module: consists of skills training on Frustration Tolerance, which educates and enlightens you on the power of control to emotional intelligence.
Forth module: consists of skills training on Impulse control, which educates you on the functional analysis, which constitutes the condition effect to your thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Depending upon your participation and progress, the Anger Management Training program can be completed in eight to sixteen weeks.
The cost and program outline for those who are court ordered to participate in anger management are the same for those who are self or other referrals. The cost includes pre and post-test assessment and payments maybe negotiated.
The content to this program are currently under peer-review and are only available as email attachments or loose leaf documentation mailed to participants. Not to take away from the quality and depth of this training material, the only difference is the cover of the book.