Coping with Anger and Aggression
"Any little thing seems to set him off, and then look out!"…"Virtually every day
he's involved in a fight or some sort of loud upheaval and ends up in the
principal's office or getting suspended."…"She gets so mad and then the wisest
thing is to just back away until she settles down or risk getting hurt
yourself." Observations like these from parents or teachers regarding the
children or youth in their care signal the existence of problematic anger and
the need for professional intervention. Anger-fueled problem behavior, or
"reactive aggression," is typically unresponsive to normal school or home
discipline and, left untreated, too often places the child on the trajectory to
prison or worse. Angry, aggressive children become angry, aggressive adults with
impressive regularity, often in spite of the best efforts of all concerned.
There is a clear shortage of skilled clinicians who can effectively address the
cognitive and behavioral complexities that these young people present.
This seminar will clarify the research and teach you the clinical techniques
that have the strongest support in the literature. Drawing on social information
processing research and using a cognitive-behavioral approach, you will learn
both time-limited, small group approaches as well as clinically-effective
individual strategies. Assessment, progress monitoring, and outcome evaluation
will be covered. Novice and veteran clinicians alike will benefit from the many
useful insights and often humorous "stories from the trenches" that permeate
this seminar, and you will leave possessing a greater confidence in your work
with these children and youth.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
confidence working with young clients while helping them learn to cope with
anger and aggression in and out of the school setting
• Explore options for client assessment, progress monitoring, and techniques for
facilitating treatment generalization
• Discuss session-by-session procedures for cognitive-behavioral,
research-supported group interventions, the Anger Coping Program, and the Think
• Apply an evidence-based information processing model of angry behavior that
links directly to intervention procedures
• Discuss the roles of social-cognitive deficits and distortions and of
home/community environments on the presentation of reactive anger and aggression
in children and youth
• Evaluate a process for assessment and treatment preparation designed to
increase the likelihood of successful outcomes with angry children and youth
• Acquire the essential insights for conducting effective group and individual
skills training with children using the Anger Coping Program
• Conduct effective group and individual skills training with adolescents using
the Think First Program
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
JIM LARSON, PhD, is a licensed
psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist with over 20 years of
experience in the school, community, and youth diversion settings. Dr. Larson
earned his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary in
Virginia, his master's degree from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and
doctoral degree from Marquette University. He is a Professor Emeritus at the
University of Wisconsin–Whitewater and a member of the Scientific Board of the
Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment. He has presented widely
on the subject of child and adolescent anger and aggression, both nationally and
abroad and has been the recipient of multiple university awards for teaching
excellence. In addition, he has authored many journal articles and book chapters
on the subject of youth violence. Dr. Larson is the author of Think First:
Addressing Aggressive Behavior in Secondary Schools and co-author of Helping
School Children Cope with Anger: A Cognitive-behavioral Intervention, 2nd Ed.
(with John Lochman, PhD).
Jim Larson is one of the leaders in the field in developing treatment
interventions in the area of anger control and aggressive behaviors with
children in youth. His engaging and informative workshops are a combination of
scholarship, practical hands-on treatment and preventative procedures, and
clinical perspicacity. This is a presentation NOT TO BE MISSED. A great
Donald Meichenbaum , PhD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and Research Director for the Melissa Institute for
Violence Prevention, Miami, Florida
I simply cannot recommend his presentation highly enough; he inspires the most
skeptical to engage with the schools' most troubled and troublesome students.
Judith A. McBride, PhD, Consultant, Long Beach Unified School District, Long
Dr. Larson's presentation was informative, entertaining, and of immeasurable
value to professionals working with troubled kids. He knows how to connect with
clinicians and provide genuinely useful information in a way only someone with
his depth of understanding can do.
Wendy A. Walsh, MS, MSW, Milwaukee Wellness Clinic, Shorewood, Wisconsin
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
• School Psychologists
• Licensed Professional Counselors
• Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
• School Guidance Counselors
• Community Counselors
• Clinical Social Workers
• Marriage and Family Therapists
• School Nurses
• Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
• Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
• Case Managers
• School Supportive Services Personnel
• School, Residential, or In-Patient Treatment Staff
• Juvenile Corrections and Youth Diversion Personnel
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This course is offered for 6 contact hours.
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SEMINAR CLASS TIME:
Seminar Check-in: 7:30 AM Seminar Class 8:00 AM -