Anger Management CBT Worksheets
- Aggression Questionnaire | Buss, Perry | 1992
- Clinical Anger Scale | Snell, Gum, Shuck, Mosley, Hite | 1995
- Dahlberg LL, Toal SB, Swahn M, Behrens CB. (2005) Measuring Violence-Related Attitudes, Behaviors, and Influences Among Youths: A Compendium of Assessment Tools, 2nd ed., Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. download archived copy
- Getting along & keeping cool: A group treatment programme for aggression control download archived copy
- Anger management for substance abuse and mental health clients
- How to trick ‘angry’: Narrative therapy for people with an intellectual disability download archived copy
- Working with anger – some powerful practical tips – Russ Harris download archived copy
- Anger management instructor guide | VA | 2008 download archived copy
- Understanding and reducing angry feelings download archived copy
- A guide to controlling anger download archived copy
- Anger and irritability self-help booklet archived copy
- Anger models archived copy archived copy
- Dealing with anger and impulsivity archived copy archived copy
Information handouts (interpersonal effectiveness)
- What is anger? download
- Anger coping strategies download
- Assertive communication download
- Coping with stress download
- Grief and bereavement download
Exercises, Worksheets & Workbooks
- Dealing with anger and impulsivity download archived copy
- Lemons or lemonade – an anger workbook for teens archived copy archived copy
- Anger management workbook download archived copy
Self-Help Programme (Managing anger)
- Workbook 1: About Anger archived copy
- Workbook 2: Quick control archived copy
- Workbook 3: Strategies to manage your anger archived copy
- Workbook 4: Relationships archived copy
- Workbook 5: Challenging angry thoughts and beliefs archive.org
- Workbook 6: Challenges to managing anger archived copy
Self-Help Programme (Assertiveness)
- What is assertiveness? download archived copy
- How to recognise assertive behaviour download archived copy
- How to think more assertively download archived copy
- How to behave more assertively download archived copy
- Reducing physical tension download archived copy
- How to say “no” assertively download archived copy
- How to deal assertively with criticism download archived copy
- How to deal with disappointment assertively download archived copy
- How to give and receive compliments assertively download archived copy
- Putting it all together download archived copy
- Anger management and coping skills | Eastridge | 2013 download archived copy
- Anger, Compassion, and What It Means To Be Strong | Kolts youtube.com
- Day, A., Howells, K., Mohr, P., Schall, E., & Gerace, A. (2008). The development of CBT programmes for anger: The role of interventions to promote perspective-taking skills. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 36(3), 299-312. download archived copy
- Deffenbacher, J. L. (2011). Cognitive-behavioral conceptualization and treatment of anger. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 18(2), 212-221. archived copy
- Henwood, K. S., Chou, S., & Browne, K. D. (2015). A systematic review and meta-analysis on the effectiveness of CBT informed anger management. Aggression and violent behavior, 25, 280-292. download archived copy
- Mackintosh, M. A., Morland, L. A., Frueh, B. C., Greene, C. J., & Rosen, C. S. (2014). Peeking into the black box: mechanisms of action for anger management treatment. Journal of anxiety disorders, 28(7), 687-695. download archived copy
- Novaco, R. W. (1976). The functions and regulation of the arousal of anger. American Journal of Psychiatry, 133(10), 1124-1128. download archived copy
- Novaco, R. W. (1977). Stress inoculation: A cognitive therapy for anger and its application to a case of depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 45(4), 600. download archived copy
What Is Anger?
Signs and Symptoms of Anger
Anger is an emotional response that is associated with a spectrum of other physiological, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral reactions. Physical signs associated with anger include muscle tension, including a clenched jaw, increased heart rate, sweating, headache, or dizziness. Emotions associated with anger may include frustration, irritation, anxiety, guilt, or shame. Behaviors associated with anger can span a spectrum from expressive (e.g., raising your voice, being sarcastic or abrasive) to inhibitory (e.g., withdrawing, focusing internally).
Psychological Models and Theory of Anger
In 1975 Raymond Novaco published an influential analysis of the functions and regulation of anger. He described anger as having the following functions:
- an energizing function which increases the vigor with which we act;
- allowing for the expression of frustrations;
- a self-promotional function;
- a defense against feelings of vulnerability, whereby an anger response appears as secondary to a situation that has aroused anxiety.
Evidence-Based Psychological Approaches for Working with Anger
Cognitive behavioral interventions are the most studied treatments of anger (Lee & DiGiuseppe, 2018).
Anger management is a structured treatment designed to foster the self-regulation of anger and aggressive behavior. Anger management teaches clients to become aware of signs and symptoms associated with their anger. Anger management is intended to reduce the frequency, intensity, duration, and specific modes of expression of anger. Intervention techniques include:
- cognitive restructuring of an individual’s ways of perceiving aversive events, unhelpful thinking styles, attentional focus, and rumination;
- the use of breathing, muscle relaxation, and imagery exercises to reduce tension and arousal to provocation;
- behavioral coping training including assertiveness, diplomacy, and strategic withdrawal.
Forgiveness therapy is an evidence-based treatment for anger (Enright & Fitzgibbons, 2000, 2015). Enright and Fitzgibbons have published extensively regarding forgiveness therapy. Their approach views forgiveness as a process involving stages of uncovering, decision, work, and deepening.
Resources for Working with Anger
Psychology Tools resources available for working therapeutically with anger may include:
- psychological models of anger
- information handouts for anger management
- exercises for anger management
- CBT worksheets for anger management
- self-help programs for anger management
- Enright, R. D., & Fitzgibbons, R. P. (2000). Helping clients forgive: An empirical guide for resolving anger and restoring hope. American Psychological Association.
- Enright, R. D., & Fitzgibbons, R. P. (2015). Forgiveness therapy: An empirical guide for resolving anger and restoring hope. American Psychological Association.
- Lee, A. H., & DiGiuseppe, R. (2018). Anger and aggression treatments: A review of meta-analyses. Current Opinion in Psychology, 19, 65–74.
- Novaco, R. W. (1975). Anger control: The development and evaluation of an experimental treatment. Lexington.
- Novaco, R. W., & Renwick, S. J. (2019). Anger management. Common Language for Psychotherapy (CLP) Procedures Retrieved from: https://www.commonlanguagepsychotherapy.org/assets/accepted_procedures/anger.pdf