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Working with Anger : A Constructivist Approach
Cummins, Peter
Wiley / Softcover / 2006-01-01 / 0470090502
Collaborative Therapies
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Client anger is a perennial problem for a range of professionals working in clinical settings, because it comprises of both difficult-to-cope-with behaviour and is associated with a number of different clinical problems.

Working with Anger provides an alternative strategy to the most popular cognitive behavioural approach, which is of interest to all clinicians who are struggling to find suitable techniques for anger management. It opens with a broad introduction, showing how constructivist approaches differ from cbt approaches and explains how anger is tackled from a personal construct psychology perspective. It gives practical advice, case study examples, the theoretical underpinning, and methods of evaluation to enable clinicians to set up, run and evaluate their own anger management programs using the constructivist approach. --- from the publisher


About the Editor.

List of Contributors.



Chapter 1. The Construction of Emotion (Peter Cummins).

Chapter 2. The Tuesday Group (Peter Cummins).

Chapter 3. Shedding Violent Expressions of Anger Constructively (Chris Laming).

Chapter 4. Time and Tools: Tools or Time (Gina Selby).

Chapter 5. Experiential Personal Constructivism and Anger (L. M. Leitner & J. C. Thomas).

Chapter 6. Working with Angry Children (Heather Moran).

Chapter 7. The Angry Adolescent and Constructivist REBT (Rob Adelman).

Chapter 8. Mr Angry (Graeme Sutherland).

Chapter 9. Making Me Angry- The Constructions of Anger (Harry Procter and Rudi Dallos).

Chapter 10. Gender & Anger (Bhavisha Dave, Dina Pekkala, Diane Allen & Peter Cummins).

Chapter 11. Pathways in the Development of Anger: Appraisal, Action and Regulation (Michael F. Mascolo, James C. Mancuso & Tammy Dukewich).

Chapter 12. Challenging Traditional Approaches to School Violence: Alternative Constructions of Youth Anger and Aggression (Marc D. McLaughlin, Melissa A. Maras, Christopher J. Reiger, and Carl E. Paternite).

Chapter 13. Philosophical writing on Anger and Violence and its relation to Personal Construct Psychology (Bill Warren).

Chapter 14. Evaluation (Dina Pekkala & Bhavisha Dave).


About the Author:

Peter Cummins trained in clinical Psychology at the Crichton Royal Hospital in Dumfries, Scotland, from 1974-76. There he was introduced to Personal Construct Psychology by his new head of department, Millar Mair. He has been involved with PCP ever since. He went on to t rain in Personal Construct Psychotherapy at the Centre for Personal Construct Psychology in London, gaining his diploma in PCP Psychotherapy in 1988. He has worked within the British NHS since 1976, at Bexley Hospital, then Maidstone and since 1995 he has been Head of Adult Psychological Services in Coventry. All his clinical work has been with working-age adults. For the past eight years he has specialized in working with angry and violent people who have managed not to be sent to forensic services.

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