Teaches children, ages 8 and up, the skills needed for effective anger control.
Berthold Berg, Ph. D.
Based on cognitive-behavioral principles, The Anger Control Game focuses on six skills related
to anger control:
- Empathizing with the victims
- Distinguishing between aggressive and non-aggressive acts
- Using self-control statements to diffuse anger
- Generating and evaluating alternatives to aggression
- Identifying feelings underlying anger
- Evaluating the opinions of others
An included Anger Control Inventory determines which skills a child needs to develop. The game is usually played by the therapist and one or more children. It can also be played in a classroom.
Anger Control Workbook
Sold separately, this popular Workbook teaches children how to control anger and deal with interpersonal conflict. It includes activities and exercises that reinforce the six skills addressed in the Board Game.
Anger Control Skits DVD
Sold separately, this DVD us a great way to stimulate discussion and behavior change in teens and preteens (ages 10-16) with anger control issues. Skits performed by kids illustrate negative, then positive, reactions to real-life situations. The dramatic contrast between “how not to” and “how to” never fails to provoke involvement and discussion. While the main focus is on the protagonist’s behavior, the skits also illustrate how peers should respond to anger and aggression.
- How to tell when others are being aggressive
- How to recognize when angry feelings
- How to empathize with victims
- How to control anger through self-talk
- How to find alternatives to aggression
- How to understand, and use, assertion
Each of the 30-minute DVD’s ten sections serves as a basis for discussion, written assignments and role play.
Anger Control Thinking Skills Puppet DVD
Sold separately, this most engaging component of Berg’s anger control program clearly demonstrates the behavioral principals taught by the game and workbook. The DVD presents two vignettes for each of the six skills, and two scenes (positive and negative models) for each vignette. An accompanying Manual provides scripts, so that skis can be presented with live participants. Best used in tandem with at least one of the other anger control tools by Berg, this is an ideal introduction to game-playing or story-telling sessions, especially for younger children.
Anger Control StoryCards
Perfect for therapists who want to add structure to a client-centered approach, this is a superb tool for both assessment of, and intervention in, anger control problems. Detailed instructions guide therapeutic storytelling techniques. Beautiful illustrations and engaging story prompts keep children involved.
Individual components of Berg’s Anger Control program are sold separately.