Managing Anger in the Family
This course has 6 sessions, focusing on managing and understanding anger generally, and also how to help children manage theirs. Participants are advised to attend all sessions to achieve maximum benefit as each week builds on areas from previous sessions. Below I have shown the basic topics for each week. Between sessions attendees are encouraged to complete post workshop tasks to consolidate their learning and in particular, keep an “Anger Diary”.Resources have been chosen and tailored to ensure good adult education practice with a clear purpose and range of learning methods etc. Whilst the strategies shown are proven ways to cope with anger in any situation, some examples and practical exercises focus on managing anger in a family/parenting context.
What will be covered each week?
Session 1: Understanding Anger Covering: raising awareness of causes and effects of anger, looking at what our personal anger triggers are, introducing the anger process through discussing behavioural responses to conflict, understanding aggressive, passive, passive-aggressive and assertive behavioural responses. The use of positive self-talk, the importance of self-esteem in managing anger, the use of the rage gage and keeping an Anger Diary.
Session 2: Coping with Anger Covering: continue to raise awareness of causes and effects of anger, to recognise early warning signs in order to manage anger at different points, recognising the impact of our personal beliefs and values, expectations of ourselves and others, I statements, introduction of “ABC” of anger management and learning additional strategies & exercises for development of a personal anger “toolkit” .
Session 3: Managing Anger In The Family Covering: enabling parents to respond helpfully to children’s anger using strategies learnt so far, helping parents learn how to model and explain anger management strategies to their children, be more aware of the problems anger can cause children, and why children feel angry. The importance of “feelings” words and developing emotional literacy. Understanding the importance of managing children’s anger and helping their children to understand and identify their early warning signs.
Session 4: Helping Children Manage Anger Covering: Discussing managing anger in school, handling rage, feelings and what we do with them, helping children to manage stress and developing good communication.
Session 5: Helping Children Manage Anger Covering: Age appropriate strategies which children and young people can be taught to manage anger and develop assertiveness including recognising their inner critical "parrot" voice and the angry birds strategy.
Session 6: Developing Tools For A Calmer Family Life Covering: Finalisation of conflict resolution toolkit, “The Anger Gremlin” model, Anger management games; evaluation and presentation of certificates