Ester R.A. Leutenberg and Dr. John J. Liptak
Anger can be powerful, and managing it can be challenging. One of the most difficult life skills teenagers need to learn is controlling anger. They will experience a wide variety of emotions. The more equipped they are to handle these emotions, the more successful they will be in school, friendships and family. The Teen Anger Workbook helps teens engage in self-reflection, examine their thoughts and feelings that lead to feelings of anger, and learn powerful tools and techniques for effectively managing feelings of anger. This book is unique in combining two powerful psychological tools for anger management: self-assessment and journaling. Included are anger management worksheets for teens and anger management activities for teens.
Dr. Liptak and Ms. Leutenberg have included directions for administering, scoring and interpreting the assessments in The Teen Anger Workbook, saving time for both novices and experienced practitioners. Parents, too, will find they can use these tools to help their children discover new ways to manage anger.
After completing the assessments, teens are guided through a process to learn how to put their new self-knowledge to work. For example, following the Anger Triggers Scale, exercises are provided so that participants can discover how to manage their feelings more effectively, first by writing about events and emotions engendered, then by examining a specific incident in greater depth. These questions provided will spark fruitful discussions between participants and professionals.
The Teen Anger Workbook contains five separate sections that will help the participants learn more about themselves as well as how anger impacts their lives:
The Teen Anger Workbook can be used independently or as an integrated curriculum. The anger management worksheets for teens, including assessments and journaling exercises, may be used effectively with individuals or in a group. The following tools are in each section:
This workbook is also available in PDF eBook format, making it simple to store on your computer or mobile device and to access with a PDF viewer. The PDF format allows you to easily print copies of the activities and worksheets during therapy and counseling sessions.
Need a creative way to start your session? Use the Teen Anger Card Deck. The open-ended questions will break the ice and stimulate conversation. Use them alone or in conjunction with the corresponding page in the book.
When someone embarrasses you, how do you react? Ask others in the room to share.
When you become angry, would you prefer that no one knows, the person you are angry at knows, or the whole world knows? Give an example.
How has your anger affected your personal health? Tell us about it.