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WELCOME The L.I.F.E. ³ program© 2008
This is Why I’m HOT!!! Ms. Thérèse Farmer, MA Founder and Director, The L.I.F.E. ³ program ©2008 A Therapeutic Approach to Youth and Anger The L.I.F.E. ³ program© 2008
GOOD AFTERNOON! Greeting Discussion How did you feel when you were greeted as you entered? Did the music help? What about the pictures of the smiling children? Did it change your mood? Why or why not? LET’S TALK! The L.I.F.E. ³ program© 2008
“Anger is just one letter short of danger. ” ~ Author unknown The L.I.F.E. ³ program© 2008 We need to counsel the anger before our clients add the “d” in danger.
What is Anger? An emotion characterized by antagonism toward someone or something you feel has deliberately done you wrong. American Psychological Association (Encyclopedia of Psychology) The L.I.F.E. ³ program© 2008
Causes of Anger in Youth There are several reasons why a young person may be angry. Here are just a few: The L.I.F.E. ³ program© 2008 http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_sfQzIpvw2LM/Sth64xiTZmI/AAAAAAAAB84/Z3_lQsjompU/s400/angry_child.jpg
Causes of Anger in Youth Single Parent home “Too Strict” parents Hovering or Helicopter parents Learning disabilities or SPED Moody temperaments Low or inflated self-esteem Burnt-Out from overactivity/ not enough activity Not enough sleep The L.I.F.E. ³ program© 2008 Adapted from 141 Creative Strategies for Reaching Adolescents with Anger Problems by Mr. Tom Carr
Causes of Anger in Youth Peer Issues Family issues: some form of lack at home Academic Competitiveness Drug, substance, alcohol abuse (student or parents) Troubled Neighborhood Exposure to too much violence or trauma Anger associated with disorders: ADHD, CD, ODD, Bi-polar disorder, Asperger’s The L.I.F.E. ³ program© 2008 Adapted from 141 Creative Strategies for Reaching Adolescents with Anger Problems by Mr. Tom Carr
Examples and Incidents Washington, D.C. February 25, 2012: 19 year old shot and killed while distributing Papa John’s flyers in Northeast February 26, 2012: 14 year old stabbed at Metro Center-DC Summer 2010: 18 year old shot in parking lot of Raymond Elementary School -Northwest during Summer job program (stemmed from fistfight) 2010: Mass Shooting in Southeast, over 8 days, killing 5 youth and a dozen others injured (stemmed over the whereabouts of a cheap, fake diamond bracelet) Maryland February 2012: 16 year old charged as an adult for making deadly threats against a 7 th Circuit Court Judge February 2012: 2 teens killed in 4 days in Prince George’s County – 1 st case: Student gunned at New Carrollton Metro Station – 2 nd case: Teen shot on front porch – Both students attended Parkdale High School The L.I.F.E. ³ program© 2008 Incidents from Fox 5 DC News
Now What?- Solutions As Counselors, we need to have a plan before the action. Here are a list of strategies and ideas. Some you may know and have tried and then there are some that you can add to your toolkit. Don’t keep these strategies and ideas to yourself! Pass it on to the teachers in your school or your parents. The L.I.F.E. ³ program© 2008
Strategies and Ideas for your Toolkit Create a Safe space: No sharp objects on your desk (i.e. pencils, pens, letter openers, scissors) but soft objects (stress ball, stuffed animals, Tickle-Me Elmo) Music (Classical/Slow Jazz/nature sounds) –during sessions or classroom assignments Journaling (with or without music) More Classroom Guidance on monthly theme topics: Character education, Bullying etc. The L.I.F.E. ³ program© 2008
Strategies and Ideas for your Toolkit Using Board Games and Play- doh instead or electronic or computer games (critical thinking, problem solving and creativity) Bibliotherapy – use books to discuss tough topics or teach social lessons (Wings by Christopher Myers teaching on the topic of Bullying or The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule teaching on the topic of being kinds to others) The L.I.F.E. ³ program© 2008
Strategies and Ideas for your Toolkit Morning Meetings - discuss safety, conflict resolution or another topic) Question, Comments or Concern boxes Consistency in School and Classroom Behavior Management Plan: Make your Yea, Yea and your Nay, Nay! The L.I.F.E. ³ program© 2008
Strategies and Ideas for your Toolkit Daily or Weekly Behavior Reports (www.educationworld.com)www.educationworld.com Motivational Anger: Use the anger in a motivational way to create change in your school or in their classroom Extracurricular or After School Activities Non-traditional incentives: Pickle program, money system, popcorn day Write counseling half-year and end of the year report The L.I.F.E. ³ program© 2008 2 nd and 3 rd bullet only: Adapted from 141 Creative Strategies for Reaching Adolescents with Anger Problems by Mr. Tom Carr
Strategies and Ideas for your Toolkit Use Labyrinths – What is a Labyrinth? A complicated irregular network of passages or paths in which it is difficult to find one's way; a maze Song: Closer by Goapele The L.I.F.E. ³ program© 2008 Labyrinth handout from 141 Creative Strategies for Reaching Adolescents with Anger Problems by Mr. Tom Carr
Ready, Set, Go!!! So, now that we have learned a little, laughed a little, but hopefully, no crying, LET’S GET MOVING!!! The L.I.F.E. ³ program© 2008
Questions??? The L.I.F.E. ³ program© 2008
Contact Information For more information about Ms. T. Farmer’s Services through the L.I.F.E.³ program ©2008, in-school workshops, overnight retreats, speaking engagements etc. (301) 814-6002 LIFEgprogram@aol.com http://thelifeprogram.web.officelive.com The L.I.F.E. ³ program© 2008
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