Aggression Management Program
The Aggression Management program provides treatment services for individuals who expression of anger negatively affects their job, relationships and health. To learn more about the program please refer to the Aggression Management Annual Report.
Who Can Participate?
Adults who have a hard time expressing their aggression leading to problems with the Criminal Justice System, Child Protective Services, or other social problems.
How Long Is The Program?
The Aggression Management Program consists of Anger Management and Batterer’s Intervention. All clients start with Anger Management. Clients will complete twelve sessions and then a check out session. During the checkout session, a counselor will decide if the client needs long-term Batterer’s Intervention. If a client is required to complete Batterer’s Intervention they will participate in individual therapy for at least six months following their Anger Management checkout session. Clients will also need to complete a series of homework assignments for Batterer’s Intervention. Once they have completed all the material they will have a second check out session. The session tests the client’s ability to understand and apply what they have learned to their daily life.
Model of Treatment
The Aggression Management program uses different cognitive-behavioral resources that help clients explore their anger and develop skills to manage their anger.
How Are Client’s referred?
A Judge, probation officer, an attorney, a caseworker, or just about any professional can refer people to this program. Either the referral source or the client may contact the agency to set up their first appointment. A telephone intake is usually the first step. During the phone intake you will be asked questions about your situation and how to contact you. The Aggression Management Program Coordinator will then meet with the person to see if the person is right for the program. A release of information (ROI) must be signed to allow communication with their referral source. If a client refuses to sign a ROI or cancels the ROI during treatment, treatment will not continue until the issue has been fixed.
In order to be in the program, clients must actively participate. Active participation means completing all homework assignments, talking in individual or group discussion, and taking responsibility for their inappropriate behavior by the sixth session. Clients will not be allowed to stay in the session if they are sleeping, are intoxicated, or are not actively participating. If the client has to leave the session, the client will have to attend more sessions. If a client does not actively participate after six sessions, they will be kicked out of the program.