Anger Management: A Cognitive Behavioral Approach (Update)

$15.00 | CE Hours:3.00 | Intermediate

IAODAPCA CE Credit for: Counselor I or II, Preventionist I or II, CARS I or II, CODP I or II or III, PCGC II, CCJP I or II, CAAP I, CRSS I or II, CPRS I or II, MAATP I or II, RDDP, CFPP II, CVSS II

Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors: Approved for 3 hours in the Mental Health Category

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CE Course Description and Goals

Anger and substance use disorders often co-occur, increasing the risk for negative consequences such as physical aggression, self-harm, distressed relationships, loss of a job, or criminal justice involvement.  This CE course outlines a 12-week cognitive-behavioral anger management group treatment modality that allows professionals who treat clients with mental health and co-occurring substance use disorders to deliver group cognitive-behavioral anger management treatment, illustrating the key conceptual components of the treatment, and between-session challenges for group members.

Author:  Reilly, P.M., & Shopshire, M.S. Anger Management for Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Clients: A Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy Manual. SAMHSA Publication No. PEP19-02-01-001. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2019.

References / Contributions by:

Coccaro, E.F., Berman, M.E., & McCloskey, M. (2017). Development of a screening questionnaire for DSM-5 intermittent explosive disorder (IED-SQ). Comprehensive Psychiatry, 74, 21–26.

Cuijpers, P., Cristea, I.A., Karyotaki, E., Reijnders, M., & Huibers, M.J.H. (2016). How effective are cognitive behavior therapies for major depression and anxiety disorders? A meta-analytic update of the evidence. World Psychiatry, 15, 245–258.

Fernandez, E., Malvaso, C., Day, A., & Guharajan, D. (2018). 21st century cognitive behavioural therapy for anger: A systematic review of research design, methodology and outcome. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 46(4), 385–404.

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CE Course Objectives

1. Select three reasons for recommending that anger management treatment be delivered in a group setting.

2. Identify the four reasons or purposes for the anger management group. 

3. List three situations where anger is a natural response.

4. Name three instances in which anger is a problem.

5 List four skills or masteries involved in effective anger management.

6. Enumerate four behavioral cues to anger.

7. Distinguish three hallmark signs of anger’s explosive phase.

8. Determine one desirable alternative to aggressive behavior. 

Course Outline

1. Introduction 

2. Overview of Group Anger Management Treatment 

3. Events and Cues 

4. Anger Control Plans 

5. The Aggression Cycle 

6. Cognitive Restructuring 

7. Assertiveness Training and the Conflict Resolution Model 

8. Anger and the Family 

Course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • Quantum Units Education, #1289, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 01/03/2023 - 01/03/2026. Social workers completing this course receive 3.00 'Clinical' continuing education credits.

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CAADE Approval

This course is CAADE approved.


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Added On: 11/18/2019

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