Free Getting Along & Keeping Cool: Aggression Control Program for Young People

Free Getting Along & Keeping Cool: Aggression Control Program for Young People“Getting Along & Keeping Cool” is a skills-based group program designed for aggression control, specifically targeting at-risk young people aged 13 to 25 who struggle to access mainstream mental health services​​. The program, based on Novaco’s cognitive-behavioural model, teaches participants to differentiate between anger and aggression, recognize triggers, manage physical tension, and respond to anger in prosocial ways. It combines psycho-education, self-monitoring, group discussions, handouts, videos, and role-plays, using a ‘pressure cooker’ model to help young people remember and apply the skills they learn​​.

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SESSIONS OVERVIEW:

  1. Session 1: Introduction to Program
    • Introductions
    • Icebreaker exercises
    • Establishing goals and group rules
    • The difference between anger and aggression
  2. Session 2: Overview of How Anger Works
    • Introduction to the Pressure Cooker Model
    • Recognising the signs of anger – the ‘steam’
    • Introduction to triggers
    • Introduction to self-monitoring (Hassle Logs)
    • Worksheets & Handouts: Hassle Logs
  3. Session 3: Identifying Anger Triggers & Behavioural Strategies
    • Triggers and Hassle Logs
    • Learning ways to ‘let off steam’
    • Worksheets & Handouts: Letting off Steam, Deep Breathing
  4. Session 4: Identifying Feelings & Looking at Consequences
    • Identifying feelings other than anger
    • Recognising the costs and benefits of aggression
  5. Session 5: Effective Communication
    • Anger rights and responsibilities
    • Introduction to assertiveness skills – ‘loosening the lid’
    • Worksheets & Handouts: Anger Rights and Responsibilities, How to be Assertive
  6. Session 6: Effective Communication (Continued)
    • Assertiveness skills
  7. Session 7: Using Self-Talk to Manage Anger
    • Influence of thoughts on feelings
    • Using self–talk to manage anger – ‘turning down the flame’
  8. Session 8: Putting it Together
    • Review
    • Reflection on program
    • Closing activity
    • Preparation for relapse
    • Worksheets & Handouts: Booklet – Getting Along & Keeping Cool: A Guide to How Anger Works

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