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AM 500

Anger Management: Concepts & Theories


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Course Information

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the theories and concept of anger and its effective management. The authors of the course textbook are distinguished researchers, teachers and practitioners in the field of anger management, and their book offers a detailed, research-based and empirically validated "anger episode model." This indispensable resource for human service professionals emphasizes how to help clients understand, manage, and prevent unhealthy anger. Students will study methodologies for teaching and working with clients to enhance their life skills, increase problem solving and change their responses to anger. Students will achieve a comprehensive and solid understanding of the theories and concepts of anger and will acquire a comprehensive skill set of anger management strategies/interventions for clinical practice. This course has accompanying power point lectures. You must have MS Power Point software to access the lectures. Contact hours of continuing education = 65. Course Code: AM 500.

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Pre-requisite:This course is particularly designed for licensed health care professionals seeking to meet education requirements for certification as a Certified Anger Management Specialist by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. You must be a licensed health care professional or an ordained and licensed clergy to enroll in this course.

instructor/Course Author:  Christian Conte, Ph.D

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E-mail: christiancontephd@gmail.com

This is a guided, independent study CEU Course. You are to study and progress at your own rate. There are no written assignments.

Reading/Study Assignment: There is one textbook for this course. This course covers all of the material in the text.


Kassinove, H., & Tafrate, R.C. (2002). Anger Management: The
Complete Treatment Guidebook for Practitioners. Atascadero, CA: Impact Publishers. 1 edition (September 2002).

  • ISBN-10: 1886230455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886230453

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Additional Course Materials:

There are additional course materials, including written materials as well as Power Point presentations and audio lectures. These are provided to students within the online classroom. Please note that you will need to have Power Point software to be able to access the presentations/audio lectures.

GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 65 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.

TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the courses in this program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the courses within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an "incomplete" will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the courses after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.

BOARD APPROVALS: The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 65 Contact Hours. Access information

This course, which is approved by the Florida State Board Of Nursing (CE Provider # 50-11975) also has the following Board of Nursing Approvals, for 65 contact hours of CE:

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Arkansas Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Georgia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the South Carolina Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Professional Registered Nurses. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the New Mexico Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.

Online Classroom Resouces and Tools

* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as "open book" tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

* Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page "Student Resource Center." The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor's online resume/biography, as well as your instructor's specific contact information.

* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional "readings" and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.


COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1). Define anger management
2). Justify why “knowledge development” and “behavioral practice” should be combined in anger management therapy
3). Identify the “base of knowledge” that Practitioners and Clients can share
4). Assist clients who are struggling with anger
5). Know how to talk angry clients down from anger episodes
6). Discuss how anger can interfere with motor performance
7). Understand how anger can interfere with cognitive performance
8). Understand how anger relates to culture
9). Discuss theories on anger management
10). Identify the possible negative outcomes associated with anger reactions
11). List and apply the stages of change in the Stages of Change Model as it relates to anger management
12). Incorporate role plays and role reversals into an anger management program
13). List the “five dimensions” of the Kassinove/Tafrate anger episode model
14). Identify the different the different types of anger
15). Understand the physiological processes of anger
16). Explain the short and long-term effects of anger
17). Understand the role of relaxation training when working with clients struggling with anger
18). Understand the significance of mindfulness in working with clients struggling with anger
19). Discuss the role of exposure
20). Understand a basic model of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy as it relates to working with clients who struggle with anger
21). Gain an understanding of the role of anger in your own life
22). Help clients align their expectations with reality
23). Understand the significance of validation in working with people who struggle with anger
24). Identify how forgiveness can morph anger
25). Assist clients in preparing for setbacks or future obstacles


The Anger Episode Model
Assessment and Diagnosis
Overview of the Anger Management Program
Assessing and Increasing Motivation
Developing a Strong Therapeutic Alliance
Increasing Awareness of Anger
Avoidance and Escape
Managing Physical Arousal
Building Life-Skills
Social Problem-Solving
Fostering Cognitive Change
Relapse Prevention
Anger Reduction for Practitioners
Anger Management Treatment Programs

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