The therapist shows the group an example of the Hassle Log (see below)
and asks someone different to read each item. Then he explains the importance
of the log: (1) It provides an accurate picture of conflicts that occur during
the week; (2) it helps trainees learn about what makes them angry and how they
handle these situations (so that they can work to change those that they handle
poorly, that cause them trouble, and that leave them feeling bad about themselves);
and (3) it provides material for role playing in future sessions (using situations
that really happen makes practicing the anger control techniques much more effective
than using "made-up" situations). At this point, the therapist gives
an example of a conflict and how to fill out the Hassle Log for it. The Hassle
Log should be filled out for situations that trainees handle well in addition
to those in which they become angry or aggressive. The therapist makes sure each
trainee understands how to complete the Hassle Log by having each of them fill
out a log in the session for a recent hassle. Then the therapist checks the logs
and corrects any misunderstanding of the instructions. Trainees receive a stack
of Hassle Logs to keep in their binders and are instructed to fill them out as
soon as possible after an incident.
Morning ____ Afternoon ____ Evening ____
Classroom ____ Bathroom ____ Off grounds ____
Dorm ____ Team
office ____ Halls ____
Gym ____ Dining room ____ On a job ____
room ____ Outside/on grounds ____ Other ____
teased me. ____
Somebody took something of mine. ____
Somebody told me to
do something. ____
Somebody was doing something I didn't like. ____
something wrong. ____
Somebody started fighting with me. ____
was that somebody:
Another resident ____ Aide ____ Teacher ____
adult ____ Teacher ____
What did you do?
____ Told peer ____
Ran away ____ Ignored it ____
Yelled ____ Used Anger
Was restrained ____ Used Structured Learning skill ____(explain)________________________
aide or counselor ____
Walked away calmly ____
Talked it out ____
did you handle yourself?
1 Poorly 2 Not so well 3 Okay 4 Good 5 Great
How angry were you?
Burning ____ Really angry ____ Moderately angry ____ Mildly angry
but still okay ____ Not angry at all ____
Arnold P. and Barry Glick, "Aggression Replacement Training: A Comprehensive
Intervention for Aggressive Youth", Research Press: Illinois, 1987.
The article above contains foundational information. Articles below contain optional updates.
Reflection Exercise #6
The preceding section contained information
about the Hassle Log. Write three case study examples regarding how you might
use the content of this section in your practice.
Online Continuing Education QUESTION
What are three uses of the Hassle Log? Record the letter of the correct
answer the .