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Treatment Plan Overviews Anger

Part of our behavioral health resources, this is a broad overview of our treatment plan for the treatment of anger (see our Stress and Trauma page). Age- and gender-specific resources are available for adults and juveniles (males and females). For more information, feel free to contact us or fill out our phone consultation form.

Major Goals

This material addresses various sources of trauma.

1. Increased understanding of PTSD (psychoeducation)

Objectives/treatment focus:

  • Develop vocabulary to describe PTSD feelings
  • Identify cues and symptoms that he is experiencing PTSD (and similar symptoms of anxiety)
  • Link those feelings to specific triggers and areas of vulnerability
  • Develop a short-term action plan for dealing with PTSD
  • Accept that his PTSD is causing him problems
  • Link cues and symptoms of PTSD with triggers and with harmful coping behaviors

2. Identify and address the events and issues underlying PTSD

Objectives/treatment focus:

  • Identify issues of PTSD from the past and resolve or let go
  • Identify troublesome feelings and symptoms
  • Address current symptoms
    • intrusive thoughts (exposure therapy)
    • flashbacks (exposure therapy)
    • trauma-related fears, panic, and avoidance (exposure therapy, cognitive restructuring, and coping skills)
    • numbing, detachment from others loss of interest in life (cognitive restructuring)
    • irritability, angry outbursts (cognitive restructuring, coping skills)
    • general anxiety (hyperarousal, exposure therapy)
    • sleep disturbances (coping skills)
    • difficulty concentrating (coping skills)
  • Identify grief and loss issues; take initial steps toward managing grief
  • Identify client symptoms and sources of guilt
  • Reduce guilt, increase understanding of responsibility for the event
  • Identify and addresses issues of: (1) isolation and avoidance; (2) effects of past abuse or trauma
  • Identify symptoms and sources of hurt

3. Correct irrational thinking which leads to PTSD and interpersonal problems

Objectives/treatment focus:

  • Identify and address specific areas of cognitive distortion (“Stinking thinking”): anxiety , guilt, survivor guilt, blaming self for being a victim (i.e. rape), catastrophizing: (just because someone is angry does not mean they are about to kill someone)
  • Challenge irrational thoughts with reality
  • Use positive thinking and self-talk for dealing with anticipated problems or when confronting stressors

4. Effectively manage anxiety and stress

Objectives/treatment focus:

  • Learn coping techniques to reduce PTSD and prepare to handle future stressful situations (thought stopping, thought switching, creative visualization, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, etc.); this is sometimes called “stress inoculation training”
  • reduce risk of accidental exposure to specific triggers and stressors

See Also

The following pages may also be helpful:

Behavioral Health and Dual Diagnosis — specific behavioral health and dual diagnosis treatment planning and program resources for more than 20 DSM-IV diagnoses and issues, including anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD, ADHD, etc. Behavioral health resources include counselors' tools, model treatment plans, and client workbooks. [more]

Anger/Aggression/Violence Resources — Aggression and Violence, an extensive workbook-based resource, and Managing Your Anger, based on individual skill-building lessons, support programs up to 120 hours in length. [more]

Phone Consultation Form — fill out this form if you are interested in purchasing our treatment programs. [more]