Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Anger Management for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Clients

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Course Description: This course was designed for use by clinicians who work with clients who have substance use and mental health problems co-occurring with anger management problems. In addition, it has been used by individuals for self-paced study outside of a group counseling setting (e.g., by individuals who are incarcerated).

Part 1 describes a 12-week cognitive–behavioral anger management group treatment model. Each of the 12, 90-minute weekly sessions is described in detail with specific instructions for group leaders, tables and exhibits that illustrate the key conceptual components of the treatment, and between-session challenges for group members.

Part 2 should be used in conjunction with part 1 to enable group members to better learn, practice, and integrate the treatment strategies presented in the manual.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the purpose, overview, group rules, conceptual framework, and rationale for the anger management treatment
  • Describe how to teach group members to analyze an anger episode and to identify the events and cues that indicate an escalation of anger
  • Describe how to teach group members cognitive behavioral strategies for controlling their anger
  • Summarize the aggression cycle and the A-B-C-D model
  • Apply the participant workbook to the anger management approach

Course Components:

  • Online text (included)
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

Course Credit(s): 4 CE Credits or Hours

Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): Patrick M. Reilly, PhD, and Michael S. Shopshire, PhD

Content Publisher(s): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Dr. Reilly earned a PhD in Counseling Psychology at Stanford University in 1989. He is Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology at University of California, San Francisco. He was previously the Director, Mental Health, Santa Rosa VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic.

Dr. Shopshire is quality assurance and regulatory affairs coordinator for the California-Arizona (CA-AZ) Node of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network at the University of California, San Francisco.

Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2018-5/2/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 4 clinical continuing education clock hours.

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