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Cognitive Treatment - Anger Management
Anger management focusses on people with aggressive behaviour that needs to be controlled.
- Some offenders are placed on anger management programmes because of the nature of the offence or because of personal characteristics.
- The ultimate goal is that the individual learns to control their anger and avoid engaging in criminal behaviour.
It involves three key steps:
1. Cognitive preparation
- Offenders identify the situations that provoke anger.
- Thought patterns are challenged.
- The negative impact of their anger is considered.
2. Skills acquisition
- Individuals learn behavioural and cognitive coping strategies, which helps them to recognise when an aggressive outburst is likely to occur.
- Assertive training can help deal with the issue constructively rather than violently.
3. Application and practice
- Individuals try out the skills they've learnt in role plays and actual situations. They are positively reinforced for appropriate, non-aggressive responses.
Proper eating regimes are suggested alongside training. Group sessions are held which may include "check-ins|" where each individual briefly explains how they are feeling.
The course is usually held twice weekly and can run for up to 10 weeks. They are run by a psychiatrist and are always group sessions. Patients talk about their feelings and the course is a group effort.
Topics that a course may cover include: how to stop anger affecting you, the difference between anger and rage…