CARE teaches and empowers youth and families to manager their Behavior and Anger. Learning to manage anger is often recognize (philosophically) emotions as “signal-cues” that should function to guide adaptive choices and support functional goal directed behaviors. Because the internal experience of anger is largely an involuntary response, one rooted in the body's biochemical response to stress, the youth and family feeling the anger may not clearly recognize (with clarity and awareness) what is happening. Stress produces a whole host of physiological responses (such as the hormonal release of adrenaline and (noradrenalin) that are directly linked to primitive fight or flight responses. Learning to manage angry behavior requires that we become willing to accept and tolerate the sensations associated with our emotions. Allowing the experience of psychological distress without impulsively acting this out.
Anger is a normal and healthy emotion. We all experience anger at various times during the course of our lives. However, anger is subjectively experienced as a "bad" feeling, and indeed it can be very uncomfortable. Sometimes we feel justified in our anger, and indeed we may be. Anger that is appropriate (that is, realistic given the situation and to the degree it is felt) is normal and serves as a call to action (to mobilize, to guide one's course, etc.). However, anger that is inappropriate (out of proportion, extreme, explosive, or experienced as "out of control") is likely to be a real problem for both you and others.
CARE’s goal for Behavior Anger Management program is to teach and empower the youth and families awareness and self-regulation techniques so that anger and behavior does not drive inappropriate or abusive behavioral responses that defeat their lives and relationships. Counseling and coaching for anger has everything to do with identifying and modifying problematic angry behavior. We learn to step out of the battle with our emotions, rather than get caught-up in a futile struggle with emotional control. Anger can be both necessary and productive if expressed in an appropriate way.
You may wonder: how come I blow up or fly off the handle? What can I do to have better control over my feelings and behavior? These are healthy questions, and the first step in achieving the goal of anger management. Often, maladaptive ways of handling anger in the present were once adaptive responses. However, it may be a struggle for youth and families to shed those habitual, reflexive ways of handling anger, and that's where therapy can guide and help. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is highly successful in helping youth and families to learn how to manage their anger and to use more effective, successful ways of interacting.
• How to process behavior and anger
• Problem solving
• Identifying the consequences and sources
• Belief, feeling, and thoughts
• Understanding how the pattern developed
• Breaking the pattern
• Finding alternative ways of reacting
• Relaxing excises
• Dealing with stress
• Ultimately self-defeating behavior
Behavior and Anger Management Training