Stepping into a 12-week program with strangers can be a daunting experience. WIN wants the participant to feel at ease in sharing thoughts and feelings honestly, but not aggressively. Sometimes, comfort relies on the environment and the topics of conversation. To feel fully equipped, below is a description of what to expect in each course of the training.
Week 1: What is Anger?
At times, anger can be very hard to define. There are various nuances to anger – rather, actions that stem from anger. During this session, the trainer will facilitate an engaging exploration of the Feelings Wheel as an introduction to an analysis of the emotion of Anger. The trainer will emphasize the importance of identifying and managing emotions in healthy ways, while allowing participants to begin to understand anger and recognize the importance of reframing behaviors and intentions in a way that reflects that what is being shown is something good.
Week 2: Events and Cues
Have you ever found yourself “blacking out” in an episode of anger? You may find the Awareness Wheel a very powerful tool in becoming aware of your own thought processes as well as the thought processes of others. The trainer will facilitate an engaging exploration of the Awareness Wheel, based on the Family Strengthening Practice model. The Awareness Wheel shows participants that all choices are made with the intentions geared to benefit the person that is making the choice. But there’s a surprise…the underlying premise is that ALL intentions are GOOD! Participants will be exposed to concepts and principles that strengthen their ability to accept and acknowledge the feelings and intentions of others, as well as, become more aware of their decision-making schema and intentions. Participants will learn how to analyze an episode of anger.
Week 3: Anger Control Plan
You’ve heard it a million times, “Control your anger!”, but the reality is that it is so much easier said than done. The trainer will facilitate and engaging discussion of various strategies to effectively manager anger. Family Strengthening skills such as Finding the Good, Showing Understanding, and Realistic Expectations will be practiced by participants.
Week 4: The Aggression Cycle
Did you know that your body has a lot to do with your aggression? The trainer will guide the participant group into further practice of anger management skill demonstrations by exploring the aggression cycle and effective strategies to de-escalate through muscle relaxation. Participants will learn how to monitor internal cues to anger and strategies to manage the emotion in a healthy way.
Week 5: Cognitive Restructuring
It’s the ABC’s like you’ve never seen them before…The trainer will facilitate an engaging exploration of the Cognitive Restructuring A-B-C-D model. Participants will engage in interactive scenarios and role-playing opportunities that explore concepts related to: A – Activating the event; B – Our Beliefs ; C – The Emotional Consequence ; and D – The Dispute.
Week 6: Anger Management Strategies
This session leads into one of the program’s most important lessons. If you like using the word “I”, then you’ll particularly enjoy this session. The trainer will facilitate a discussion of how to communicate anger in healthy ways via “I” Messages. Participants will practice making “I” statements.
Week 7: Assertiveness and Conflict Resolution
During this session, the trainer will facilitate an eye opening discussion of effective conflict resolution strategies that can be used anywhere. Participants will be encouraged to share strategies that have resulted in positive outcomes for themselves, families, friends, and colleagues.
Week 8: Anger and The Family
Families have their fair share of fights – whether it’s over the remote control or a missed curfew. The trainer will engage participants in an exploration of anger and how they can use Family Strengthening as an engagement approach. Participants will learn how to recognize patterns of anger in family members and help re-frame expressions into healthy and productive statements.
Week 9: Building Self-Esteem
Did you know that anger plays on self-esteem? During this session, the trainer will encourage participants to consider self-awareness and esteem. Participants will share strategies and testimonials that inspire and encourage other participants to make good choices for themselves.
Week 10: Improving Self-Worth
Your own happiness is important, not only to us, but to us, but to those around you. The trainer will encourage participants to assess how much priority they give to their happiness and needs. Participants will reflect and express affirmations of self-worth and self-love.
Week 11: Problem Solving
People yell, fight, or throw things when they are angry, but there are other ways to solve problems sparked by the strong emotion. Participants will explore the various approaches to problem solving and the impact of the nature of the problem and the people involved. The trainer will review and discuss problem-solving steps such as clarifying the problem, analyzing its causes, identifying, assessing, and implementing alternatives, and evaluating outcomes.
Week 12: Closing and Ceremony for first time offenders graduates
This is it! At the completion of the 12-week program, participants will participate in a graduation ceremony in which all family members and friends will get to witness the students share how the program has helped them and their plans for moving forward, as well as receive certificates of completion.