Through the development of anger management skills the client is taught relaxation techniques (i.e.- visualization), cognitive restructuring (mirroring CBT techniques), problem solving, better communication and learning to control for impulses. One’s feelings behind anger and triggers of anger are explored to better understand and prevent future anger.
There are several different courses targeting someone’s anger. Anger management is given in seminars for work (more condensed time periods- i.e.- couple of days) or can be individual sessions lasting around 10 weeks and even online classes. People are asked to engage in anger management for a variety of reasons- i.e.- court mandated, career/job mandated.
American Psychological Association (APA) website- http://www.apa.org/topics/anger/control.aspx
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