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Anger Management for Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Clients (DA2308)


Author(s): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


Pre-Approved for: CA BRN, CCAPP, CE Broker Provider, Delaware BON, FCB, MCBAP-Specific , NAADAC, RNs


Credit Hours: 5


Course Format

This course is online. All course material is available online and is accessible immediately after purchase from your account homepage. Certificate of Completion is available immediately upon passing the exam.

Course Overview

This publication was revised and updated by the Knowledge Application Program (KAP) for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This treatment model manual is designed for use by clinicians who work with people experiencing substance use and mental health problems co-occurring with anger management issues.



Course Objectives

  1. Review the literature to discover strategies for treating clients with mental and substance use disorders to deliver group cognitive-behavioral anger management treatment.

  2. Identify the four basic interventions employed in the combined CBT treatment manual model and the importance of recognizing the conceptual framework for understanding anger.

  3. Discuss model strategies with other healthcare professionals to implement client group-based intervention methods for people with substance use and mental health problems experiencing anger management issues.

  4. Maximize client participation by establishing fair group rules of conduct, providing support, and utilizing the conflict resolution model.

  5. Reinforce client-learned concepts and encourage the ongoing development of anger control plans with a follow-up monitoring system.

Course Outline

  1. Foreword

  2. Introduction

  3. How to Use This Manual

  4. Session 1 - Overview of Group Anger Management Treatment

  5. Session 2 - Events and Cues: A Conceptual Framework for Understanding Anger

  6. Session 3 - Anger Control Plans: Helping Group Members Develop a Plan for Controlling Anger

  7. Session 4 - The Aggression Cycle: How To Change the Cycle

  8. Session 5 - Cognitive Restructuring: The A-B-C-D Model and Thought Stopping

  9. Session 6 - Practice Session #1: Reinforcing Learned Concepts

  10. Sessions 7 & 8 - Assertiveness Training and the Conflict Resolution Model: Alternatives for Expressing Anger

  11. Sessions 9 & 10 - Anger and the Family: How Past Learning Can Influence Present Behavior

  12. Session 11 - Practice Session #2: Reinforcing Learned Concepts

  13. Session 12 - Closing and Graduation: Closing Exercise and Awarding of Certificates

  14. References

  15. Appendix

  16. Authors' Acknowledgments

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