What’s Good About Anger? 6-12 Week Anger Management Group

Scientific Rating:
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. What’s Good About Anger? 6-12 Week Anger Management Group has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Anger Management Treatment (Adult), but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Adults dealing with anger mismanagement issues; court or employer-ordered and self-referrals; program has also been used with adolescents dealing with anger

Brief Description

The What’s Good About Anger? program offers groups and programs for individuals who are personally motivated to learn skills for controlling anger or who are mandated by employers, courts, schools or other institutions to complete an anger management program. The What’s Good About Anger? program is based on the What’s Good About Anger? books and workbooks.

Program Goals:

The goals for What’s Good About Anger? are:

  • Demonstrate that anger is a force that can be used for good when healthy strategies and thinking are in place
  • Reduce levels of anger in provocative situations and to learn effective coping behaviors in order to halt escalation and to resolve conflicts

Outcomes expected to achieve include:

  • Reduce anger arousal
  • Skill development such as:
    • Behavioral strategies: Time-out, assertiveness, empathy
    • Stress management & relaxation
    • Cognitive restructuring

Essential Components

The essential components of the What’s Good About Anger? program include:

  • Offering an individual or group (with 5 to 12 participants per group) intervention
  • Providing anger management assessment and evaluation of individuals
  • Teaching, motivating and educating individuals & groups regarding the following:
    • Triggers
    • Effective anger & conflict control strategies:
      • Communication
      • Time-out
      • Problem-solving skills
      • Empathy
      • Forgiveness
  • Learning how to defuse anger and hostility

Adult Services

What’s Good About Anger? 6-12 Week Anger Management Group directly provides services to adults (regardless of whether they are parents or caregivers) and addresses the following:

  • Anger mismanagement issues such as: aggression, abuse, control, volatile anger, yelling, withholding, manipulation, passivity, demanding, and control and abuse issues
Services Involve Family/Support Structures:

This program involves the family or other support systems in the individual's treatment: Individual, marriage, and family counseling and treatment are available with professional counselors and psychologist. Psychological evaluation and testing is available.

Delivery Setting

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Outpatient Clinic


What’s Good About Anger? 6-12 Week Anger Management Group includes a homework component:

Weekly assignments from What’s Good About Anger? book and workbook. Weekly logging of anger and completion of progress reports.


What’s Good About Anger? 6-12 Week Anger Management Group has materials available in a language other than English:


For information on which materials are available in this language, 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:

  • Group room for 5-12 participants
  • DVD player and projector for Power Point slides, recommended but not required

Minimum Provider Qualifications

Licensure as mental health professional desirable; minimum of Bachelor’s degree, plus certification as Anger Management Trainer-Specialist through training programs

Education and Training Resources

There is a manual that describes how to implement this program, and there is training available for this program.

Training Contact:
Training is obtained:

Anger Management Trainer-Specialist 2-day Certification workshops or DVD (home-study) training

Number of days/hours:

2 days for the live workshop and 12 hours for the DVD home-study

Additional Resources:

There currently are additional qualified resources for training:

National Anger Management Association: www.namass.org and Anger Management Institute: www.whatsgoodaboutanger.com

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.

Child Welfare Outcomes: Not Specified

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for What’s Good About Anger? 6-12 Week Anger Management Group.


No reference materials are currently available for What’s Good About Anger? 6-12 Week Anger Management Group.

Contact Information

Name: Lynette J. Hoy, NCC, LCPC, CAMS-IV, MA
Agency/Affiliation: CounselCare Connection, P.C., Anger Management Institute
Website: www.whatsgoodaboutanger.com
Phone: (630) 368-1880 x1 or (708) 341-5438
Fax: (630) 530-2066

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2011