- Paperback: 122 pages
- Publisher: PESI Publishing & Media (October 31, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936128527
- ISBN-13: 978-1936128525
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.3 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,644,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anger Management Jumpstart offers a much-needed paradigm shift from previous methods for working in the anger minefield. Defusing human improvised explosive devices is never easy, which is why Somov's practical and accelerated behavioral-change model is so appealing. The 4-session anger jumpstart program is deeply rooted in down-to-earth mindfulness training skills, excellent guided scripts for therapists, and a realistic anger recovery roadmap. Anger Management Jumpstart offers step-by-step solutions (and soul-utions) for transforming the harmful poisons of anger, fear, and righteousness into self-awareness, compassion, and long-lasting behavioral change. But beware: This is not your grandfather s boring textbook; it's a fast-paced, stimulating, insightful, neuroscience-nuanced, and spiritually-spritzed journey that is sure to be satisfying, invigorating, and effective for both client and therapist. Pavel Somov is unquestionably at the frontier of bringing potent mindfulness interventions into therapy. This pragmatic new book offers a quick and powerful booster charge of hope and positive traction for those who have been too long stuck in the rut of anger. --Donald Altman, MA, LPC, psychotherapist and author, One-Minute Mindfulness, The Mindfulness Toolbox, and The Mindfulness Code
Anger Management Jumpstart is a great addition to a clinician's toolbox in the many trades of anger management and also to anyone who's reconsidering the way they manage their anger. It's very important to understand the impulses that drive the anger actions made and to guide the clients to different ways to see those impulses and get in control. The author brings effective and simple tasks to get you going in a different direction when faced with and anger impulse. There is much more to learn and practice inside this great mindful book. --Thay An Marie Vázquez-Méndez, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Puerto Rico, Member of the American Psychological Asociation and the APPR, the "Asociación de Psicologos de Puerto Rico"
In one weekend, this easy to read book has changed my approach to anger management. With simple experiential exercises, and in only a few sessions I can empower my patients to increase their self awareness of their angry feelings and co-exist with those feelings without impulsively responding to those angry feelings in unhealthy and destructive ways. My patients are given tools to find the solutions within themselves, which facilitates a meaningful and lasting change. Pavel has incorporated a complex neurobiological understanding of anger and behaviors into a simple yet elegant mindfulness model. --Jenna Saul, M.D., FAACAP
About the Author
Pavel Somov, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, is the author of six self-help books, including the best-selling Eating the Moment. He grew up in Moscow, Russia and, after his service in the Soviet military, immigrated to the United States in 1990s. Dr. Somov has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including running a drug and alcohol treatment program in a county jail. He is currently in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA.
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My criticisms are not enough to reduce by even 1 star, but I feel I should mention them to help you to choose if this is the book for you and/or your client. First, and the author acknowledges this himself, the potent third session, Symbolic Threat Inoculation, will likely need to be handled with skill and clinical judgment. It challenges the client heavily, "[spending] clinical capital" accrued previously through rapport developed with the client. This is one of those techniques that you will want to do very carefully until you have gained experience with it. Second, some of the techniques assume a certain level of functioning and insight that will be very challenging (and likely ineffective) with low functioning clients. For those clients, you may be better off using other resources (e.g., "Social Skills Training for Schizophrenia").
In all, I recommend this book highly for its thoughtful content, enjoyable writing style, and practical clinical utility.