How to Be Angry: An Assertive Anger Expression Group Guide for Kids and Teens

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Do not teach your children never to be angry; teach them how to be angry.
–Lyman Abbott

How to Be Angry is a complete social-emotional curriculum that provides step-by-step guidelines for educators, counselors, social workers, youth care professionals, and parents to help small groups of kids develop specific anger management and assertive emotional expression skills. Participants will learn specific skills such as:

  • Using I-Statements
  • Standing Up to Bullies
  • Disagreeing without Arguing
  • Making and Refusing Requests
  • Responding to Anger
  • Finding Win-Win Solutions

Engaging, hands-on activities and discussions are customized for children ages 5-18 in school, treatment, and recreational settings and help youth reflect on important topics such as:

  • Personal Anger Styles (Aggression, Passive Aggression and Passivity)
  • Choices in Anger Expression
  • Public Faces vs. Private Realities
  • Body Language and Tone of Voice
  • Replacing Self-Defeating Patterns and Committing to Assertive Behaviors

Each session of How to Be Angry features a special “Suggestions for Customizing the Curriculum” section that provides ideas for adjusting the activities, discussions, and Weekly Journal topics to the age, ability, interests, and developmental needs of group participants.

How to Be Angry also features a special “Notes for Parents” section that provides discussion-starters and advice for parents who want to extend their child’s learning experience beyond the group or adapt the lessons for one-on-one instruction.

How to Be Angry features two sessions on one of the country’s top stressors for kids: Bullying. Participants learn how to recognize bullying behavior in all of its forms, from obvious physical aggression to more covert forms of relational aggression, including social exclusion and cyber-bullying. Group members also learn and practice four rules for using assertive skills to stand up to bullies.

For information on bringing How to Be Angry workshops to your school or organization, please contact Signe via e-mail at Signe@SigneWhitson.com

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