The Michigan State University Extension’s anger management training program RELAX: Alternatives to Anger is designed to actively engage adult learners in a group setting to increase knowledge and skills around anger management and give those constructive ways to deal with anger. Aspects of promoting social emotional health are woven throughout the training and include expressing emotions, navigating stress, resolving interpersonal conflict, taking another’s perspective, feeling capable and whole and building skills for forming and maintaining satisfying, healthy and supportive relationships.
1. What is anger? Defining anger and Recognizing your anger signals.
2. Calming down and de-stressing. Learning how to RELAX when you are angry or stressed.
3. Four principles of problem solving. Learning to Empathize with and Listen to others and Accepting that their anger is not about you.
4. Forgiving and letting go of the past. “X-ing” out the past. Staying in the present, and putting the concepts of R.E.L.A.X. into practice.