CST presents free workshop series on anger and conflict management

“Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame. “ ­- Benjamin Franklin

Does the term “blow your top” apply to your behaviour when you get angry?

Or perhaps you are in a situation where the people around you are frequently aggressive when expressing their emotions?

Community counselling group CST is presenting a free three-session workshop from Thursday, February 26 to help people learn to manage anger and conflict better.

CST’s community educator Maria McCann said, “Contrary to popular thinking, anger management does not mean holding the anger in or trying to keep from feeling anger.

“Anger is a normal human emotion, a healthy one when it is expressed appropriately.”

The difference is how the person deals with anger, and how they express it.

Ms McCann said that, “Learning to deal with anger is the process of acquiring the skills to recognise signs or triggers that indicate anger, then taking action to deal with the situation in a positive way.”

The workshop will help people who express anger too intensely, too frequently or inappropriately.

Other topics will be the conflict resolution model and communication styles.

Ms McCann said, “If you are someone who expresses anger too intensely, too frequently or inappropriately, then the workshop will help you learn how to redirect your energies and resources into problem solving rather than fury.”

The workshops will equip attendees with the practical skills necessary to manage negative emotions.

This includes learning how to express feelings and needs assertively in situation where you may feel angry or frustrated, and to do so in a non-aggressive way.

Other skills include recognising triggers for anger as well as recognising when thought processes are not logical or rational and is not ‘correct’ thinking.

Ms McCann said, “We all feel angry sometimes and may say or do things we regret.

“This is a normal part of life, and may not necessarily mean you need anger management help.

“But if your anger is having a detrimental effect on relationships, is making you unhappy, or is leading to violent or dangerous behavior, you probably need help.”

Dealing with Conflict and Anger is a three-session workshop on Thursday, Feb 26, March 5 and March 12. It will be held at CST’s Community Hub at 38 Mabel Street in the Meeting Room. Please register your attendance with Maria on 4091 3850. Reservations are highly recommended.

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