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AM 540

Effective Techniques in Anger Management


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Course Information


This course is the final course in the Anger Management Specialist Certification /Education program. This course provides a comprehensive culmination of the most effective techniques used in anger management interventions.  Many tools and techniques are examined and provides the learner a chance to more fully actualize anger management theory. A comprehensive textbook as well as a video on tools and techniques are examined. Students will come away from this course with a much stronger knowledge base of effective tools that can be used in work with clients.

ACT on Life not on anger: The New Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Guide to Problem Anger by George H. Eifert, Matthew Mckay, and John P. Forsythe is based on ACT’s assumed relationship among language, behavior, and attitude. The book has a foreword by Steven C. Hayes, who coauthored a book on ACT (pronounced as a word, not spelled out).

The book contains “exercises” with a recommendation that each requires time. The authors recommend that the reader not read several chapters at once. Instead, the reader should read a chapter per week. Changing one’s approach to anger takes time. The exercises are designed to help the angry person “experience what works and what doesn’t” (10).

In the same year as the publication of ACT on life not on anger Steven Hayes, J. B. Luoma, F.W. Bond, Akihikoi Masuda, and J. Lillis also published an article on ACT to describe the model, its processes, and outcomes (Hayes, S. C.; Luoma, J. B.; Bond, F. W.; Masuda, Akihiko; and Lillis, J., "Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Model, processes and outcomes" (2006). Psychology Faculty Publications. Paper 101. http://scholarworks.gsu.edu/psych_facpub/101). In the article Hayes, et al. note “There are not enough well-controlled studies to conclude that ACT is generally more effective than other active treatments across the range of problems examined, but so far the data seem promising.” The authors explain the relationship between RFT (Relational Frame Theory) and ACT in the following way:

From an ACT / RFT point of view, while psychological problems can emerge from the general absence of relational abilities (e.g., in the case of mental retardation), the primary source of psychopathology is the way that language and cognition interacts with direct contingencies to produce an inability to persist or change in the service of long term valued ends. This kind of psychological inflexibility is argued in ACT and RFT to emerge from weak or unhelpful contextual control over language processes themselves (6).

The book for this course is derived from a 1999 work by Steven C. Hayes, Kirk D. Strosahl, and Kelly G. Wilson entitled Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Experiential Approach to Behavior Change. In the course book Eifert, McKay, and Forsythe show how ACT can enable people to free themselves of language traps associated with anger. The original position of Hayes, Strosahl, and Wilson supposedly integrates contextual and behavior analytic concepts and, according to the APA PsycNET abstract shows how “”language and cognition condition and shape human experience” (http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/1999-04037-000).

In recent years not only psychotherapists but also linguists have written about the role language plays in behavior, attitude, and worldview. The titles of these works are instructive because they give different views on the role of language, a subject important in ACT. Gary Deutscher’s Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages (Metropolitan) argues that language controls the way we see the world. Running counter to this view is John J. McWhorter’s The Language Hoax: Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language (Oxford University Press). This information might seem irrelevant to the uninformed, but one should consider the widespread view based on the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis that says language controls the way people see the world. In the two books on language Deutscher argues for the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, whereas McWhorter argues against it. ACT practitioners appear to side with Deutscher’s view.

The works of linguists are mentioned here because of the RFT background to ACT and from the context of ACT on life not on anger. In the course text by Eifert, McKay, and Forsyth, the authors attempt to provide a practical mechanism for angry people to accept their anger without acting on it. Their cognitive aspect is for an angry person to “separate thoughts from angry feelings” (81).  As the authors write, “If you keep ruminating, keep repeating the same thing to yourself, you can come to believe just about anything” (79).

Contact hours of continuing education = 45. Course Code: AM 530.

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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

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

TEXTBOOK: The following learning materials are required for this course.

ACT on Life not on anger: The New Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Guide to Problem Anger

AUTHOR: George H. Eifert, Matthew Mckay, and John P. Forsyth

FOREWORD: Steven C. Hayes

PUBLISHER: New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2006, paperback

ISBN: 10:157224-440 and 13:978-1-57224-440-5

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Video Review and Study Assignment: There is one VIDEO for this course. This course covers all of the content in the video. The Video may be purchased through the AIHCP Online Bookstore.

Video: Getting Control of Yourself: Anger Management Tools & Techniques.
By Christian Conte, Ph.D, Studio: Psychotherapy.net. Running Time 75 minutes.


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Additional Course Materials:

Additional course materials have been provided by the course author/instructor. You are required to review all of these additional course materials.

GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 45 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.

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 45 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 45 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.

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Abstract of Course Content:

* Debunking the Myths of Anger

* Struggling with Anger is not a Solution

* The Heart of the Struggle

* Controlling Anger and Hurt is the Problem

* Getting Out of the Anger Trap with Acceptance

* Practicing Mindful Acceptance

* Taking Control of Your Life

* Facing the Flame of Anger and the Pain Fueling Them

* Commit to Take Positive Action in Your Life

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