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December 2014 Feature Article

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New Anger Management Course Now Available

Anger is an emotion that everyone feels. It can range from mild irritation to intense fury. Different people experience different triggers, with the most common being stress, frustration, disappointment, resentment, annoyance and disrespect.

Though everyone experiences anger, it becomes a problem when it is felt too intensely, experienced too frequently and expressed inappropriately.

To help those looking to improve their lives by better managing their anger and taking control of their thoughts and actions, the Department of Veterans Affairs developed Anger & Irritability Management Skills (AIMS). The information within AIMS derives from over 20 years of work with Veterans, both male and female, from all eras, identifying patterns, trends and common situations that makes this program particularly relevant for those with a military background.

AIMS is based on a cognitive behavior treatment that not only provides insight into anger and aggression, including its effect on the body and mind, common warning signs and triggers, but also helps those taking the course develop action plans to help control their aggression.

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AIMS is comprised of eight modules, with each module taking approximately 30-60 minutes per module. Veterans and Servicemembers using the course can find guidance on the following topics:

  1. Getting Started Managing Your Anger
  2. Understanding Your Anger
  3. Breaking the Aggression Cycle
  4. Behavior Tools to Manage your Anger
  5. Cognitive Tools to Manage your Anger
  6. Conflicts and Communication
  7. Your Anger Control Plan
  8. Making it Work

AIMS joins Moving Forward: Overcoming Life’s Challenges, Parenting for Service Members and Veterans, and PTSD Coach on the Veteran Training Resource Center. Like all courses offered on the Veteran Training Resource Center, it is free, confidential and designed with military members in mind.