Anger Management for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Clients (3 hours)

Robert Shearer


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Course Summary:
Substance use and abuse often coexist with anger and violence. This course
is designed to introduce students to a manual that was developed for use by
qualified substance abuse counselors who work with substance abuse and
mental health clients with concurrent anger problems.
The treatment model described in the manual consists of a combined CBT
approach that employs relaxation, cognitive, and communication skills
interventions. The effectiveness of the manual is supported by extensive
research studies that show significant decreased levels of anger.

Course Goals/objectives:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
• Understand how to deliver group cognitive behavioral anger management treatment to clients with substance abuse and mental health disorders.
• Understand the purpose of an anger management group.
• Understand group rules
• Understand the problem of anger
• Identify myths about anger
• Understand the anger habit
• Identify how to break the anger habit
• Understand how to construct an anger meter
• Identify the events that trigger anger
• Understand the cues to anger
• Identify how to construct an anger control plan
• Understand the aggression cycle
• Understand the A-B-C-D model
• Understand thought stopping
• Understand assertiveness training
• Identify the conflict resolution model
• Understand anger and the family

Your Course Instructor:
Robert Shearer, PhD

Dr. Robert A. Shearer is a retired professor of criminal justice in the College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University. He has been teaching, training, consulting, and conducting research in the fields of criminal justice, human behavior, and addictions for over thirty-six years. He is the author of over sixty professional and refereed articles in criminal justice and behavior. He is also the author of Interviewing: Theories, Techniques, and Practices, 5th edition published by Prentice Hall. Dr. Shearer has also created over a dozen measurement, research, and assessment instruments in criminal justice and addictions including Law Enforcement Strategies Scale (LSS), Correctional Strategies Scale (CSS), Probation Strategies Scale (PSS), Correctional Treatment Resistance Scale (CTRS), the Comprehensive Substance Abuse Counseling Orientation Inventory (CSACOI), and the Substance Abuse Consequences Scale (SACS).

He has been a psychotherapist in private practice and served as a consultant to dozens of local, state, and national agencies. He has taught courses in interviewing, human behavior, substance abuse counseling, drugs and crime, and correctional counseling. He is currently developing an Interrogation Tactics Scale that measures levels of approval of coercion in interrogations with suspected offenders.

He has been the president of the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counseling and editor of the Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling. Recently, Dr. Shearer completed a survey of the beliefs of over 300 substance abuse counselors in a large correctional system in the southwestern U.S. He is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma.

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