Real Solution Anger Management Program
About This Program
Target Population: Adults who need help managing their anger
The Real Solution Anger Management Program aims to reduce levels of anger in provocative situations. Participants are taught coping behaviors to stop escalation and resolve conflicts. Homework assignments that build on newly taught skills allow participants to apply them. The program employs the three major anger control interventions by using model presentation, rehearsal, and positive feedback and prompting.
The goals of the Real Solution Anger Management Program are:
- Reduce levels of anger in provocative situations
- Learn effective coping behaviors to stop escalation and resolve conflicts
The primary focus of the program is anger management education and skill acquisition.
The essential components of the Real Solution Anger Management Program include:
- Group intervention with groups of 6-10 participants
- Basic Anger Management Concepts:
- Anger Is a Two-Step Process
- Ventilation Doesn't Work
- Anger is Different From Aggression
- Coping Is Better Than Blaming
- Relaxation Skills:
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation
- Relaxation Without Tension
- Special Place Visualization
- Breathing-Cued Relaxation
- Cue-Controlled Relaxation
- Combined Relaxation
- Cognitive Control Concepts:
- ABC Cognitive Theory
- Trigger Thoughts
- Response Choice Rehearsal:
- Description of Response Choice Rehearsal (RCR)
- RCR Switching
- Shame Underlying Anger:
- The Problem with Shame
- Healthy and Unhealthy
- Survival Strategies for Shame
- Chronic Shame is Relentless and Devastating
- Significant Problems Associated with Shame
- Current Shaming Relationships
- Shaming Yourself
- Healing the Shame
- Set positive goals based on humanity, humility, autonomy, competence
- Return ‘borrowed shame’
- Cognitive Control/Relaxation Training:
- More Coping Skills Rehearsal
- Still More Coping Skills Rehearsal
- More RCR Switching
- Relapse Prevention
Real Solution Anger Management Program directly provides services to adults (regardless of whether they are parents or caregivers) and addresses the following:
- Problems with anger that interfere in family and work relationships
Weekly 90-minute session
12 – 18 weeks
This program is typically conducted in a(n):
- Outpatient Clinic
Real Solution Anger Management Program includes a homework component:
Participants have various homework and exercises.
Real Solution Anger Management Program has materials available in languages other than English:
For information on which materials are available in these languages, please check on the program's website or contact the program representative (contact information is listed at the bottom of this page).
Resources Needed to Run Program
The typical resources for implementing the program are:
- DVD player
- secure room space
- copy machine
Education and Training
Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications
It was unspecified if there is a minimum education requirement needed before one can be trained on the Real Solution Anger Management Program.
Education and Training Resources
There is a manual that describes how to implement this program , and there is training available for this program.
- Rich Pfeiffer, PhD
phone: (864) 297-3457
Training is obtained:
Live Regional Training Events, On-site for 20 or more attendees
Number of days/hours:
Two-Day Seminars, 12-14 hours (12 CEU contact hours)
Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research
This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.
Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Real Solution Anger Management Program.
Adams, L. (2008). Anger management - Develop strategies for controlling and managing anger: How to fix anger problems, get rid of anger problems fast, easy and safe. Newstead, Queensland, Australia: Emereo Publishing.
Pfeiffer, R. (1999). Creating real relationships. New York City: Growth Publishing.
Pfeiffer, R. (2010). Relationships: Overcoming anger. Sedona, AZ: Growth Publishing.
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2015
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2016
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2011