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Anger Management: Cognitive Therapy Interventions
7 CEUs Anger Management: Cognitive Therapy Interventions

Section 21
Appendix A
Reproducible Client Worksheets

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| Anger Management CEU Courses
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The "Untwisting the Twister" Technique
Replay CD track 2 for more information on this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes following exercise to understand a controller and improve anger management skills.
1. Look at yourself in a mirror for several minutes
2. Focus on how you feel about yourself.
3. Look at picture of or visualize your controller for several minutes.
4. Focus on how the controller feels about you.
5. Write down any comparisons you notice.
6. Evaluate comparisons with your therapist.

The "Changing Inner Rules" Technique
Replay CD track 3 for more information on this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes following exercise to overcome myths that perpetuate anger.
1. Begin an Inner Rules journal.
2. Discuss your journal entries with your therapist.
3. Create alternative rules and write them in your journal.
4. Implement the new rules in your daily life.

The "Relationship Developing" Technique
Replay CD track 4 for more information on this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes following exercise to build relationships and overcome anger-provoking emotions.
1. Identify your personal needs which are not being met in a journal.
2. Focus on nurturing any relationships that you have which can fulfill your unmet needs.
3. Create a journal entry which describes your plans for positively developing relationships.
4. Create journal entries for any of your positive developments.

The "Underlying Values" Technique
Replay CD track 4 for more information on this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes following exercise to differentiate between what is said and desired results.
1. Divide a sheet of paper into three columns.
2. Label the first column "Verbal Dialogue."
3. Label the second column "Inner Monologue."
4. Label the third column "Equality Response."
5. Write the things you say in the first column.
6. Write how you believe the other person feels about what you said in the second column.
7. Write a more productive way of saying what you want in the third column.

Rational Emotive Therapy
Replay CD track 5 for more information on this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes following exercise to dispute irrational thoughts and replace them with rational thoughts.
1. Identify and write down your activating experience.
2. Identify and write down your beliefs about your activating experience.
3. Imagine and write down the consequences of acting on your beliefs.
4. Dispute your own belief based on any negative consequences of actions you imagined in step 3.
5. Create and write down a second set of beliefs which may reflect positive consequences.

The "Let go by Holding On" Technique
Replay CD track 6 for more information on this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes following exercise to avoid expressing negative anger.
1. Make a tight fist around a stress ball.
2. Begin counting to sixty seconds.
3. Keep it tight.
4. At forty seconds, begin increasing the strength of your grip with each count. ‘
5. Understand the physical discomfort represents emotional pain associated with anger.
6. Continue to squeeze tighter through the discomfort until sixty seconds is reached.
7. Slowly release your grip.

The "Relationship Building" Technique
Replay CD track 7 for more information on this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes following exercise to decrease anger in affected relationships.
1. Write letters conveying your feelings to the people involved.
2. Do not send the letters.
3. Role play conversations with your therapist.
4. Understand that you cannot control the past, but can choose a new direction.

The "Breathe Deeply" Relaxation Technique
Replay CD track 7 for more information on this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes following exercise to relax and focus away from anger.
1. Sit comfortably.
2. Relax your neck and shoulders
3. Take a deep breath from your stomach.
4. Hold it for two seconds.
5. Exhale with a sigh, visualizing stress and tension leaving your body with each exhalation.

Assertiveness Training
Replay CD track 8 for more information on this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes following exercise to learn assertiveness.
1. Select and describe an incident.
2. Watch your therapist role-play the incident with another person.
3. Visualize the incident.
4. Role play the incident twice with the other person.
5. Receive encouragement from your therapist.

The "Making Amends" Journaling Technique
Replay CD track 9 for more information on this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes following exercise to make amends with someone who was hurt by their anger.
1. Write down how you feel about an angry situation which put stress on the relationship.
2. Write about how you think the other person felt.
3. Write your plans for making amends.
4. Implements your plans.

The "Positive Communication" Technique
Replay CD track 9 for more information on this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes following exercise to improve communication and decrease anger.
1. Sense the attitude of the person to which you are speaking.
2. Analyze the content of what the person said.
3. Formulate a desired results statement.
4. Generate options for your desired results.
The "Reframing" Technique
Replay CD track 10 for more information on this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes following exercise to replace conditional assumptions.
1. Write down several conditional assumptions.
2. Reframe your assumptions as needs.
3. Work to negotiate a process of compromise and accommodation.

The "Inner Dialogue" Technique
Replay CD track 10 for more information on this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes following exercise to avoid combative triggers.
1. Divide a sheet of paper into three columns.
2. In the first column, write your inner monologue which contains your trigger thought.
3. In the second column, write what type of trigger you think you are using.
4. In the third column, rewrite your original statement so it no longer contains the trigger thought.

The "Fishbowl" Technique
Replay CD track 11 for more information on this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes following exercise to gain self awareness.
1. Focus on your most recent anger provoking situation.
2. Evaluate your internal communications.
3. Evaluate your external communications, including verbal and nonverbal communications.

The "Response Choice" Technique
Replay CD track 12 for more information on this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes following exercise to practice positive responses to anger.
1. Identify your needs.
2. Develop a fallback position.
3. Devise several responses to help meet your needs.
4. Practice your responses.
5. Use your responses.

The "Order on Chaos" Technique
Replay CD track 13 for more information on this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes following exercise to focus on positive activities.
1. Make a schedule of positive activities
2. When feeling angry, engage in one of the activities on your schedule.
3. Review your schedule with your therapist.

Systematic Desensitization
Replay CD track 13 for more information on this technique.
Client reviews and utilizes following exercise to defuse anger provoking situations.
1. Make a list of five anger provoking situations.
2. Choose a hierarchy topic.
3. Write several situations regarding the topic on separate index cards.
4. Visualize each situation.
5. Arrange the cards in order from least to most anger provoking.
6. Select a positive mental image.
7. Visualize least anger provoking situation until you begin to become angry.
8. Stop and visualize positive mental image.
9. Continue exercise until you can visualize all situations without becoming angry.

 
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