How to be Angry: An Assertive Anger Expression Group Guide for Kids and Teens

How to be Angry: An Assertive Anger Expression Group Guide for Kids and Teens


By (author) Signe Whitson

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  • Format: Paperback | 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 214mm x 278mm x 18mm | 581g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1849058679
  • ISBN 13: 9781849058674
  • Sales rank: 169,625

Product description

Children often struggle to cope with anger, and their angry feelings can boil over into aggression and destructive behaviour. This resource provides a 15-session group program designed to teach children and adolescents valuable skills for anger management, effective anger expression and assertive communication. Each detailed session provides step-by-step guidelines for carrying out the lesson plans, group activities and discussions. Suitable for use with children and teenagers aged 5-18, it will help them to overcome self-destructive passive, aggressive, and passive-aggressive patterns of behaviour. Instead of teaching children not to be angry, this engaging resource teaches them how to be angry effectively and constructively. It will be of great use to professionals working with children and teenagers in school and child care settings, counselors, social workers, psychologists and parents.

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Author information

Signe Whitson is a licensed social worker and Chief Operating Officer of the Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) Institute, an international certification program that trains adults in turning crisis situations into learning opportunities for children and youth with chronic patterns of self-defeating behaviour. Signe has over ten years' experience working as a staff trainer and therapist for children and adolescents in individual, family, group, and school settings. She presents across the United States on topics related to child and adolescent mental health. She is co-author of The Angry Smile: The Psychology of Passive Aggressive Behaviour in Families, Schools and Workplaces, 2nd edition.

Table of contents

Foreword. Dr Nicholas Long. Introduction.; Part 1. Exploring Anger Behaviors.; 1. That Makes Me So Mad! Identifying Common Anger Triggers.; 2. Decisions, Decisions! Four Choices in Anger Expression.; 3. Sugarcoated Hostility: The Five Levels of Passive Aggressive Behavior.; 4. Behind the Mask: Exploring Public Faces and Private Realities.; 5. More than Words Can Express: How Body Language and Tone of Voice Can Say it All.; Part 2. Developing Assertive Anger Expression Skills.; 6. I Feel Angry: Using I-Messages to Express Anger Assertively.; 7. Yes, No, or Maybe So: Assertive Skills for Disagreeing Without Arguing. 8. Keeping Bullies at Bay, Part 1: The 5 W's of Bullying.; 9. Keeping Bullies at Bay, Part 2: Four Rules for Using Assertive Communication to Stand Up to Bullies.; 10. "May I Please" and "No Can Do": Guidelines for Assertively Making and Refusing Requests.; 11. "That's So Nice of You to Say": Assertive Strategies for Giving and Receiving Compliments.; 12. On the Receiving End: Three Steps for Responding Assertively to Anger. 13. Four Square Problem-Solving: Finding Win-Win Solutions.; Part 3. Committing to Assertive Anger Expression.; 14. What's the Plan? Replacing Self-Defeating Patterns and Committing to Assertive Behaviors.; 15. Putting It All Together: Choosing to Use Assertive Behaviors to Express Anger. References.