Anger Management Group Therapy: Rules Help You Heal
Anger management group therapy sessions are a positive step in the healing process for those who are learning how to better control the impulse to attack verbally or through physical violence. The group setting provides you with the opportunity to practice responding appropriately in different situations and allows you the give and take that comes with a support group made up of peers struggling through the same issues that are a burden in your life.
There are, however, some rules that must be followed in order to ensure the integrity of the healing process and the safety of all concerned. These rules help everyone to get the most out of each session and to feel unthreatened throughout the session.
- No violence. Whether physical or verbal, threats or attack of any kind must not be a part of the anger management group therapy experience. All participants must feel safe enough to express their thoughts and experiences honestly without fear.
- Confidentiality within boundaries. It is expected that patients who participate in an anger management support group will not share what others say or do within the confines of the group with anyone else after they leave. However, if someone shares that he or she has or plans to sexually or physically harm someone else or says that they have inflicted harm on someone else, the therapist is bound by law to report it to the authorities.
- Homework. Practicing anger management techniques within the group setting is not enough; it’s important to put principles into action out in the real world while you have the support of the group to work through difficulties and help you through the experience.
- Show up. Missing sessions won’t help you to make progress and can, in fact, hinder the progress of others in the group. There may be a rule in your anger management therapy group that limits the number of times you can miss a session.
- Respect the group leader’s authority. Because anger is an issue, it is important that all patients recognize the authority of the group leader and agree to take space separate from the group if arguments escalate or one or more persons needs a cool down period.
Following the rules at an anger management group therapy session is a precursor to following the rules of personal interaction dictated by the social construct. That is, when you learn to get along during group, it’s easier to avoid anger outbursts out in the world, too. If you’d like to learn more about what you can expect from anger management or if you would like assistance finding an anger management program, contact us today.