Working with Anger. A Constructivist Approach

  • ID: 2325438
  • Book
  • 236 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Client anger is a perennial problem for a range of professionals working in clinical settings.

Working with Anger presents an alternative strategy to the most common approach, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), exploring instead how anger can be tackled from a personal constructivist perspective. It provides a conceptual framework and practical advice on the clinical issues of working with anger, including case study examples, service user perspective, a philosophical and developmental underpinning, and suggested ways of preventing anger development. Ways of working with anger are illustrated, including:

  • Group–based treatments
  • Individual treatment
  • Working with adults
  • Working with children and adolescents
  • Working with families
  • Gender and anger
  • Methods of evaluating anger programmes

This practical volume will enable clinicians to set up, run and evaluate their own anger programmes using the constructivist approach. It will therefore be a valuable resource for professionals such as clinical and forensic psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, nurses and social workers.

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About the Editor ix

List of Contributors xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgements xvii

1 The Construction of Emotion 1
Peter Cummins

2 The Tuesday Group 13
Peter Cummins

3 Shedding Violent Expressions of Anger Constructively 25
Chris J. Laming

4 Time and Tools?: Tools or Time? 45
Gina Selby

5 Experiential Personal Constructivism and Anger 65
Larry M. Leitner and Jill C. Thomas

6 Working with Angry Children 83
Heather Moran

7 The Angry Adolescent and Constructivist REBT 99
Robert W. Adelman

8 Mr Angry 115
Graeme Sutherland

9 Making Me Angry: The Constructions of Anger 131
Harry Procter and Rudi Dallos

10 Gender and Anger 149
Bhavisha Dave, Dina Pekkala, Diane Allen and Peter Cummins

11 Pathways in the Development of Anger: Appraisal, Action and Regulation 159
Michael F. Mascolo, James C. Mancuso and Tammy Dukewich

12 Challenging Traditional Approaches to School Violence: Alternative Constructions of Youth Anger and Aggression 173
Marc D. McLaughlin, Melissa A. Maras, Christopher J. Reiger and Carl E. Paternite

13 Philosophical Writing on Anger and Violence and its Relation to Personal Construct Psychology 189
Bill Warren

14 Evaluation 199
Dina Pekkala and Bhavisha Dave

Index 213

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Peter Cummins Trained in Clinical Psychology at the Crichton Royal Hospital in Dumfries, Scotland, from 1974–76. There he was introduced to Personal Construct Psychology by his new head of department, Millar Mair. He has been involved with PCP ever since. He went on to train in Personal Construct Psychotherapy at the Centre for Personal Construct Psychology in London, gaining his diploma in PCP Psychotherapy in 1988. He has worked within the British NHS since 1976, at Bexley Hospital, then Maidstone and since 1995 he has been Head of Adult Psychological Services in Coventry. All his clinical work has been with working–age adults. For the past eight years he has specials in working with angry and violent people who have managed not to be sent to forensic services.
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