Evidence-Based Treatment Planning for Anger Control Problems
by Timothy Bruce & Arthur Jongsma, Jr.
How well do you understand the interventions, goals, and documentation requirements of anger management? This video takes you through the treatment-planning process with detailed overviews, clinical considerations, and case vignettes with clients needing help with anger management.
Part of the 12-video series: Evidence-Based Treatment Planning
Working with problematic anger requires particular clinical skill and confidence, and treatment planning for this population is a notorious challenge. Expert clinicians Drs. Timothy Bruce and Arthur Jongsma offer welcome guidance in this new video focusing on evidence-based anger control treatment.
With their detailed outline of the essential elements of anger management plans, you’ll get solid tools to support your clients, as well as your own professional development.

Bruce and Jongsma offer a thorough overview of the clinically significant features of anger—including its emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and physiological components—that correlate to relevant Axis I, II, and III DSM diagnoses. While noting that treatment plans must be tailored to each client within the context of an authentic, empathic relationship, they present a six-step treatment planning process geared toward informing them with the latest empirically supported treatments (ESTs). A brief history of the EST movement provides further clinical context.

Sample treatment plans abound in this video, along with the clinicians’ expert commentary on the most researched ESTs for anger control. Through a series of live demonstrations, you’ll understand the ways in which anger issues can appear in clients’ presenting problems, and you’ll witness key interventions related to cognitive restructuring, relaxation training, psychoeducation, role-play, and communication skills building. Bruce and Jongsma provide commentary on the vignettes, naming important points in the therapy and offering perspectives on how your own interventions may vary. Definitions, literature critique, and relapse prevention are covered, too, for a well-rounded set of tools you can immediately use to support your clients’ improvement while meeting even the most stringent professional requirements.

If you’ve been searching for anger management resources or want to create evidence-based treatment plans with confidence, look no further than this one-of-a-kind video.

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Today’s clinicians are increasingly required to submit consistent, efficient treatment plans for clients’ presenting problems—but what these plans actually look like hasn’t been as clearly defined. If you’ve been wondering what, exactly, comprises such a plan or have searched for resources on the empirically supported treatments on which these plans are based, you’ll find answers in this new video with Drs. Timothy Bruce and Arthur Jongsma. Here, the two experts tell you everything you need to know about building treatment plans that pass muster with funding sources and serve as a valuable resource for supporting clients with anger control problems.

Bruce and Jongsma outline several ways to integrate empirically supported treatments (ESTs) into anger control treatment, including a brief history of standout approaches. They offer a comprehensive overview of the clinically significant features of anger, and you’ll learn to create a six-step treatment plan based on proven interventions. Clinical vignettes feature relaxation training, psychoeducation, cognitive restructuring, skills training (including assertive communication), and live practice. In addition to all this, you’ll learn about other common approaches to treatment, as well as relapse prevention.

If you’re looking to deepen your understanding of evidence-based treatment planning and the empirically supported interventions that are essential to include, you won’t want to miss this information-packed video.

By watching this video, you will:
  • Understand the clinically significant features of anger that correlate to particular DSM diagnoses.
  • Learn to build a six-step treatment plan based on evidence-based ESTs.
  • Gain tools for integrating empirically informed interventions into effective anger control treatment.

Length of video: 00:53:56

Number of Discs: 0

English subtitles available on: Stream, DVD

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Timothy Bruce, PhD, is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. A summa cum laude graduate of the honors program curriculum at Indiana State University, Bruce received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The University at Albany-State University of New York under the mentorship of Dr. David Barlow. He completed his residency training at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center under the direction of Dr. Robert Klepac.

Bruce is active in the clinical, educational, and scholarship missions of the department. He serves several administrative positions in the department including Associate Chair, Director of Medical Student Education, and Director of the Psychiatry Residency Scholarship Program. Bruce's contributions to the literature include over 30 books and training manuals, as well as numerous professional journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia articles, and other works. His areas of interests include education and training, the evidence-based practice of clinical psychology, and cognitive behavioral therapies. In addition to maintaining his own clinical practice, Bruce supervises the psychotherapy training of residents. Recognized for his work in academic administration as well as classroom and clinical teaching, Bruce has received over three dozen awards for his efforts in these areas to date.

Most recently, Bruce has been contributing editor and co-author of Arthur Jongsma’s widely used PracticePlanners© Series, empirically informing it with results from the psychotherapy outcome literature.

See all Timothy Bruce videos. ARTHUR E. JONGSMA, Jr., PhD, is Series Editor for the bestselling PracticePlanners® . Since 1971, he has provided professional mental health services to both inpatient and outpatient clients. He managed a group private practice for twenty-five years and is now the Executive Director of Life Guidance Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

See all Arthur Jongsma videos.

CE credits: 1

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the clinically significant features of anger that correlate to particular DSM diagnoses.
  • Learn to build a six-step treatment plan based on evidence-based ESTs.
  • Gain tools for integrating empirically informed interventions into effective anger control treatment.
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