FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY - TREATMENT PROGRAMMES - ANGER MANAGEMENT

treatment programmes for offending - anger management - forensic psychology

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Treatment Programmes
Anger Management
Anger management is a cognitive-behavioural technique
Individuals are allowed to experience the emotions of anger in a controlled environment
Based on the assumption that an individuals' anger was the primary cause of the criminal act
Skills learnt on anger management courses:
Self control
Self monitoring of emotions
Conflict resolution
Improved social skills
3 stages:
1. Preparation (cognitive)
Analysis of anger provoking situations
Consider though processes during these situations and recognise why anger as a response
may be irrational
2. Skill acquisition
Appropriate skills are taught
Relaxation (to minimise arousal)
Social skills such as assertiveness, i.e. to help communicate a point without becoming angry
3. Application practice
Newly learnt skills are practiced in role play situations
Scenarios that would (normally) lead to anger are chosen and acted out using newly acquired
skills
Feedback is provided by the therapist and other groups
Ireland
Strengths:
In the short term, it can make behaviour more manageable
The therapy also attempts to change an individual's understanding
Limitation:
Offenders must be motivated to change

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