Parents' anger management
By Gerry Heery

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Addressing parenting and anger management, this accessible, experiential and creative programme helps parents to think about and learn to manage their anger better. Acknowledging that almost all parents have at least some difficulties with anger, PAMP is suitable for social work, counselling, mental health, justice and community work. It provides guidance on: conducting sessions; the values and knowledge base; the support, quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation that are essential to PAMP's positive, ethical and effective use. Eight two-hour sessions, deliverable individually or in groups, help parents:
  • think about why they are doing the programme and their motivation to change.
  • assess their own anger; how it relates to their thinking, emotions and actions; what they need to do to manage it.
  • reflect on their thinking, beliefs and mindset.
  • manage their emotional lives.
  • look at how mismanaged parental anger and parenting styles impact on children and their development; and how children learn to manage their own anger.
  • reflect on links between gender and anger; and the impact of past traumatic experiences.
  • learn safer ways of handling conflict, and gain confidence in their management of conflict and provocation.
  • sustain their learning and plan future progress.

  • Large format. 192 pages. 978-1-905541-04-1. 2006. £24.95.


    Introduction. Part One. Foundation. Part Two: The Sessions. Choice change and minding the gap. The challenge of anger. The trouble with thinking. Escalating emotions. Children and anger. Gender, life experiences and anger. Conflict, power and anger. Learning and moving on. Part Three. Taking PAMP Forward. Appendices: guidance on role play, evaluation forms, sample promotional materials.


    Gerry Heery
    is a training consultant with over twenty years front line experience as a social worker and extensive involvement in developing and delivering domestic violence related interventions within Northern Ireland's criminal justice, social services and voluntary sectors. He is the author of Preventing Violence in Relationships (JKP 2000). He lives with his wife Maire in Belfast and they have 5 children.


    "Social workers should consider this programme, and should be aware of the importance of preparing parents and carers to cope with their own ill-temper... it would give people like me an idea of the problems they were going to face... recommended." Journal of Mental Health