This course adapts acceptance and commitment therapy principles to dealing with anger. It teaches readers how to change their relationship to anger by accepting rather than resisting angry feelings and learning to make values-based responses to provocation. It teaches how to accept angry feelings as they occur, without struggling to alter or impede them in any way. Then, using techniques based in mindfulness practice, one learns how to watch their anger without identifying with it. Value-identification exercises help one decide what matters most and then commit to short- and long-term goals that turn these values into reality. In the process, anger simply loses power over life—in the process.
This course is based on the book, Act on Life Not on Anger: The New Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Guide to Problem Anger created by Georg H. Eifert, Ph.D., Matthew Mckay, Ph.D., and John P. Forsyth, Ph.D.
Course Material Authors
Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.
Georg H. Eifert, Ph.D.
Dr. Eifert is professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at Chapman University.
Matthew Mckay, Ph.D.
Dr. Mackay is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley California.
John P. Forsyth, Ph.D.
Dr. Forsyth is associate professor and director of the Anxiety Disorders Research Program in the Department of Psychology at the University at Albany in New York.
Discuss the role of "acceptance" in getting out of the anger trap.
Discuss what's involved in the Tug-of War with anger.
Explain why ACT considers the struggle with anger as NOT the solution.
Explain how ACT is different in its approach to reducing suffering that anger can cause.
Discuss how ACT proposes one takes control of their life.
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Faculty: Keith Gibson, Ph.D.
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