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ISBN-13: 978-1849058674 ISBN-10: 1849058679 Edition: 1st
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Each lesson in this very well-done guide book for teaching young people beter ways to express angry feelings is also vey user-friendly... How to Be Angry is a winning recipe and will be a valuable tool in homes, schools, community-base and residential programs. I recommend this book confidently. -- Reclaiming Youth International It is clear and well laid out... A useful tool for teachers. -- The SL (The School Librarian) How to Be Angry is theoretically sound, psychologically realistic and engagingly interactive. Anyone working or living with young people will be interested in How to Be Angry for the practical guidelines and engaging activities it uses to teach positive choices in anger expression and real-world skills for assertive communication. I can assure you that after teaching this curriculum and experiencing the rewarding comments of the students, this book, How to Be Angry, will never be returned to your book shelf. -- From the Foreword by Dr Nicholas J. Long, Professor Emeritus, American University, Washington D.C., USA and President, Life Space Crisis Intervention Institute, USA

About the Author

Signe Whitson is a licensed social worker and Chief Operating Officer of the Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) Institute, USA, an international certification program that trains adults in turning crisis situations into learning opportunities for children and youth with chronic patterns of self-defeating behaviour. Signe has over ten years' experience working as a staff trainer and therapist for children and adolescents in individual, family, group, and school settings. She presents across the United States on topics related to child and adolescent mental health. She is co-author of The Angry Smile: The Psychology of Passive Aggressive Behaviour in Families, Schools and Workplaces, 2nd edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd; 1 edition (August 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849058679
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849058674
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bridget Walker PhD on February 4, 2012
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What sets How to Be Angry apart from so many of the social skills training materials and self help books for kids that are currently available is that it reminds readers that it is both healthy and "normal" to feel angry. Problems arise not from our feelings, but how we express and act them out. Written in a useful, kid friendly tone- this book integrates a variety of approaches into intelligent, interactive activities that kids will buy into and willingly explore. How to Be Angry helps kids learn healthy ways to express their feelings, stand up for themselves when necessary, and build their social and emotional intelligence. The book is helpful to families and professionals alike. It is one I will use often in practice and recommend frequently to families, colleagues and friends.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By PAMom on May 3, 2012
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I am not a therapist or a teacher. I am a mom and a manager of a large team. WOW - this book is an AMAZING tool. As soon as I started reading it, I became instantly aware of how I express anger, and how my son expresses it. But what I learned also applied to my management role. I've already started applying some of the principles and techniques at home and at work, and I'm amazed at the results. A little awareness goes a LONG way. And I must agree with one of the other reviewers - the confirmation that anger is healthy is really refreshing. What this book does, is help us -- ALL of us -- to learn how to express anger in a healthy way. Highly recommend this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 1, 2012
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As a licensed therapist (a good one) and a parent (a so-so one), I found this book helpful in all realms. I'm always on the lookout for good group therapy curriculum, at the same time, trying to help my very emotional and rigid son find new ways to manage his anger. The book is written without a lot of jargon, which I find to be a plus. This would be great for schools as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary on October 1, 2013
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As a teacher of students with autism, I am accustomed to dealing with anger and frustration from students who cannot effectively communicate their needs and wants. I was very excited to receive Signe Whitson's book which I had won through a drawing on LSCI's Facebook page. Already I am going to adapt the author's lesson on helping students create "I-messages" in order to assertively express their anger. My students often have difficulty understanding cause and effect or at least expressing it properly, but I think if they are given some choices with pictures that they will gradually understand the concept. So now I can directly address one student who becomes very frustrated when his peers get too close to him or tease him.
The book is geared more towards typically developing young people, but I think there is something for everyone in the book. Thanks to Signe for writing a great book! This is a must-have for teachers and counselors everywhere!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michele Bethel on December 15, 2011
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Finally, a social emotional step-by-step curriculum to address the needs of elementary students who have specific behavioral and/or emotional concerns! This curriculum provides fun and purposeful activities and lessons to teach students how to make and refuse requests, disagreeing without arguing, responding to anger appropriately, problem solving, and much more. As a professional who works with children who have severe emotional and behavioral concerns, this book is a must! We are currently implementing this program district-wide in our classrooms that support students with emotional and behavioral needs. This is a great resource and I could not be more thrilled to finally find a great resource like this for our younger children! I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to teach children appropriate social skills, anger management techniques, assertiveness, and more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TexasTeacher on September 10, 2011
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I shared this book, "How to Be Angry" with both my school counselor and our CIS (Communities in Schools)teacher, who both work with small groups of students in anger management & behavior issues. We all love the easy to read format that includes background of the issue, lesson ideas/activities to help students work through their anger. This would be an excellent resource for every teacher to have on hand as we are seeing an increase of students entering school with pent up anger issues and not knowing how to deal with these feelings. Without addressing these issues and teaching students what to do when they get angry, behavior problems soon follow. As a parent, I also reccommend this book as I have used several of the ideas with my own children to help them deal with their anger in an appropriate way...it is very practical on many levels!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on August 23, 2013
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If you've ever found yourself arguing with a kid or frustrated when trying to communicate your own feelings to someone, read past the title of the book I review in this post; the skills taught in it are critically important to anyone (kid or adult) who wants to be an effective communicator. I say this as a teacher of students with emotional-behavioral disabilities, but also as an adult who's applied many of the skills I've learned in my field and emphasized in this excellent book.

While How to Be Angry does address anger (identifying one's anger triggers and learning to cope with them), it also addresses healthy communication including: disagreeing without arguing, receiving and accepting compliments, making I-Statements (SO important!), handling bullying assertively, responding to angry people, and other important life skills.

Although How to Be Angry is designed to be a guide for facilitators working with kids on anger and assertiveness skills, I think it would be an excellent tool for parents, as well, especially those looking for a structured way to help their kids improve communication skills. The strategies shared are essential to anyone wanting to improve interpersonal relationship skills, and they're laid out in a very organized, clear, lesson-plan like manner. Each section of the book has instructions, resource pages outlining the skill steps, and suggestions for adapting the lesson to different age groups. The book is recommended for kids ages 5 to 18. I would also recommend it for adults, since many adults could benefit from basic social skills instruction, too.
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