How to Be Angry: An Assertive Anger Expression Skills Workshop

From the time they are toddlers, children are coaxed by adults to hide their feelings of anger behind a social smile.  Worse yet, kids hear the explicit message, “Don’t be angry,” and are actively encouraged to deny this most basic of human emotions.  When they act out—either through the tantrums of their earliest years or the rebellion of their teenage ones—they are chastened for all of the behaviors that adults do not want them to use.

How to Be Angry: A15-Session Assertive Anger Expression Group Guide for Kids flips this traditional approach.  Rather that hammering away at all of the things kids should not do when it comes to expressing their anger, the skill-building activities and discussions in this book provide instruction for kids on how to be angry effectively, using assertive behaviors to confront and manage real-life situations.

Professionals and Parents (Customizable half and full-day workshops)

How to Be Angry workshops provide a roadmap for educators, counselors, social workers, youth care professionals, and parents to steer children, tweens, and teens through the convoluted pathways of anger expression.  Based on the book’s 15-session social-emotional curriculum, training provides participants with specific skills for understanding anger and expressing it in assertive, relationship-enhancing ways.

IMG_0306Parents and Kids (Customizable half and full-day workshops)

An ideal way to experience a How to Be Angry workshop is to attend with your son or daughter.  Using engaging activities, games, and discussion, parents learn critical skills for role modeling assertive anger expression and receiving their child’s anger effectively while kids learn specific skills, including:

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

Parents and kids alike benefit from improved understanding of personal anger styles (aggression, passive aggression and passivity) and knowing how to replace self-defeating patterns with relationship-enhancing assertive communication.

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

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