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Anger Management Institute

What’s Good About Anger? Book History and Synopsis: First Edition (2014);  Fifth Edition (2021); Expanded 16-17 lesson book/workbooks (2016) for adults, teens, couples and Christians

Convinced that there was a need to explore the problem of anger from a Christian perspective – Lynette J. Hoy, NCC, LCPC, marriage and family counselor, developed and presented the What’s Good About Anger? seminars for churches, Rapha and AACC conferences from 1997-2001. Ted Griffin, Editor, Lay Counselor, writer and friend collaborated with Lynette to author the first edition. They were granted permission to use portions (triggers, causes of anger) from the B.A.R.K. (Behavioral Anger Reduction Kit) training materials for counselors written by Gary Gintner, Ph.D., a professor at Louisiana State University for the book.
As Lynette and Ted offered seminars and workshops based on the book – they realized a growing need to write the second and third expanded editions for the community in general. The second edition was published in 2006 (sold-out) and another expanded third edition in 2010. The What’s Good About Anger? Fifth Edition, Dealing With Rage and Expanded Book/Workbook published 2021 includes the best strategies and content of previous book editions with in-depth application questions and activities!

What’s Good AboutAnger? DealingWith Rage Fifth Edition  (2021): Foreword by Dr. Rich Pfeiffer, President of the National Anger Management Association!
This expanded book is written for a general readership developing and emphasizing practical skills for managing anger. It still includes some spiritual insights from scriptures and religious authorities. The authors present proven, effective approaches for managing anger through: identification of triggers, stress management, relaxation skills, problem-solving, assertiveness, conflict management, empathy, forgiveness and challenging false beliefs and thinking. This edition integrates emotional intelligence skills, rage assessments and interventions along with the best anger management strategies.

You can order these courses requesting this expanded version: court or employer-ordered or school-mandated : Eight, Ten-Twelve, Sixteen, Twenty-six, Thirty-two, Fifty-two Order the Teen Anger Management Workbook in this edition.

You can also order one of the new Trainer’s Certification programs using this new expanded version for community groups!
Go to the Shopping Mall!

Chapter Contents:
Introduction and Instructions
Group Guidelines
1. Anger Survey (log) and Progress Report
2. Anger’s Many Faces
3. The Power of Anger
4. When Anger Is Good
5. Defusing Anger by Managing Stress
6. Handling Anger Effectively
7. Anger and Assertiveness
8. Managing Conflict
9. Turn Your Anger into Forgiveness
10. When to Take a Time-Out
11. Cognitive Distortions
12. Log Your Thinking
13. Plan to Change Your Life by Changing Your Thinking
14. How Emotional Intelligence Impacts Anger
15. Dealing with Rage
16. Summary
Frequently Asked Questions About Anger

WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT ANGER? Dealing With Rage Expanded Anger Management Workbook (2021)
Now includes over 16 lessons covering the best anger management strategies from the book; questions and practical scenarios for real life application.
Most people believe that anger is a negative emotion from which no good can come. Many people think that anger should not be expressed and that such feelings are wrong. This expanded workbook explores the emotion of anger and how anger—which is a part of the human experience—can be put to work for good.
Includes: practical tools, “what if?” real life situations; assertiveness examples; cognitive strategies and positive skills for personal and relational change.

Learn about:

  • How to Rate Your Anger and Progress
  • Triggers for Anger
  • Anger’s Many Faces
  • The Power of Anger
  • When Anger is Good
  • Defusing Anger by Managing Stress
  • Handling Anger Effectively
  • Anger and Assertiveness
  • Managing Conflict
  • Turning Anger into Forgiveness
  • When to Take a Time-Out
  • Cognitive Distortions and Changing Thinking
  • How Emotional Intelligence Impacts Anger
  • Choosing Behavior Alternatives
  • Preventing and Interrupting Aggression
  • Stop Blaming – Accept Responsibility
  • Facing the Consequences of Anger
  • Effective Anger Management Strategies
  • Dealing With Rage

The following is a synopsis of the first book edition (faith-based) which is now in it’s Second Printing (2014):

This book is written with a strong faith emphasis to help Christians manage anger. Most people believe that anger is a negative emotion from which no good can come. Many Christians think that anger should not be expressed and that such feelings are sinful. This book explores the emotion of anger and how anger-which is part of the human experience-is a force God can use for His purposes. The authors present a biblical approach to managing anger, identifying the process of anger; biblical examples of “good anger”; and how faith, assertiveness, problem-solving and forgiveness impact anger and can be used by God for his purposes. Order this Faith book edition or DVD.

You can order the Anger Management Trainer’s program! Go to the Shopping Mall!

The oversight for all programs and resources are provided by Lynette J. Hoy, a National Certified Counselor, experienced Marriage and Family Counselor, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Illinois. Lynette is an Anger Management Specialist-V, Supervisor, Consultant and Diplomate with the National Anger Management Association. She is a Crisis Counselor and Domestic Violence Advocate.
Co-author of What’s Good About Anger? Mrs. Hoy has trained hundreds of students, couples, clients and professionals and leaders in anger and conflict management.

Contact Lynette Hoy at 630.368.1880 or directly at: 708.341.5438 or by mail at:
CounselCare Connection, P.C.- Anger Management Institute:
Lynette Hoy,
1200 Harger Rd., Suite 602,
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523 USA
Fax: 630.530.2066


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