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2-Day Intensive Anger Management Certification Training: Mindfulness-Based Tools for Impulse Control, Reduced Emotional Reactivity and Long-Lasting Change

Unhealthy anger can be one of the most frustrating and frightening emotions therapists work with.

Many clients aren’t ready to make a change. Forced into therapy by their partner, employer, or court system they don’t give you anything to work with, making sessions feel flat and pointless.

Other angry clients are aggressive in session. They yell, posture and question your competence. It can catch you off-guard leaving you uneasy, uncomfortable and trying to manage your own visceral reaction to their rage.

It’s exhausting and you wish there was a better way.

Pavel Somov, PhD is a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of clinical experience and the author of Anger Management Jumpstart: A 4-Session Mindfulness Path to Compassion and Change (PESI Publishing, 2013).

In this 2-day certification training, Dr. Somov will change your approach to anger management with the mindfulness-based tools and clinical interventions you need to help your clients accept their anger, more fully engage in treatment, and reduce their destructive responses to it!

Full of practical applications, experiential exercises and detailed instruction, Dr. Somov will show you how you can:

  • Employ rapid fire techniques for managing anger in the moment
  • Build greater engagement and make angry and avoidant clients feel heard
  • Improve impulse control and self-regulation with a 4-session approach
  • Use group work strategies to reinforce skill acquisition
  • Give clients the tools they need to communicate anger without aggression
  • Tactfully introduce clinical homework to people who don’t want to be told what to do
  • And much more!

Don’t miss your chance to fundamentally change your approach to working with anger and add to your clinical toolbox!

Purchase today!


Completion of this training fulfills the educational requirements should you choose to apply for certification as a Certified Specialist in Anger Management (CSAM) – Visit www.evergreencertifications.com/csam for professional requirements.

Program Information


  1. Analyze the neurobiology of anger and the brain regions involved in processing anger.
  2. Investigate behavioral and bodily effects of anger and its influence on cognition.
  3. Evaluate the clinical implications of the association between anger and substance abuse.
  4. Analyze how mindfulness techniques can be used to help clinicians engage reluctant and treatment-resistant clients.
  5. Employ mindfulness training and diaphragmatic breathing techniques that diminish the body’s fight-or-flight response.
  6. Practice mindfulness skills that effectively intervene in dysfunctional thoughts and judgmental beliefs.
  7. Investigate the relationship between anger types and problem behaviors in clients.
  8. Investigate how clinicians can frame anger problems in a humanistic and compassionate manner that leverages client rapport and client insight.
  9. Employ strategies to help clients leverage acceptance of others to diminish angry externalizations and displacement of frustration.
  10. Employ mindfulness strategies to decrease levels of impulsivity and aggressiveness in angry clients.
  11. Investigate the use of Yalom-style process-focused groups to reinforce skill acquisition and responsiveness in the treatment of anger and aggression.
  12. Investigate how clinicians can navigate politically and ideologically provocative client self-disclosures in therapy.


The Brain-Body View of Anger: Enhance Anger Management with a Neuroscience Perspective

  • Evolutionary psychology of anger
  • Anger systems in the brain and threat perception
  • Neurophysiology of anger v. fear
  • Limbic, PFC & TPJ
  • Fight-Flight-Freeze
  • Breathing and the survival brain
The Mind View of Anger: How Perfectionism and All-or-Nothing Thinking Keep Clients Stuck in Anger
  • Dualistic & all-or-nothing thinking
  • Attention tunneling/hyperfocus
  • Perfectionism and righteous anger
  • Righteousness as confusion/ambivalence reduction
Anger, Substance Abuse and Violence
  • Relationship between anger and addiction
  • Assessment of violence potential
  • Is domestic abuse an anger management problem?
  • Anger & self-harm
Anger Management as Fear Management: Teaching Clients to Distinguish Real Threats from Paper Tigers
  • Real fears
  • Symbolic fears
  • Courage of acceptance
  • Escape of action (“To act out is to run”)
  • An informal typology of anger - how anger style informs treatment approach
Motivate the Unwilling: 4 Steps to Greater Engagement with Angry and Avoidant Clients
  • Mood/affect stabilization
  • Relational stabilization
  • Impulse control
  • Damage control
Short-Term Anger Management Solutions: A 4-Session Approach to Improve Impulse Control and Self-Regulation
  • Session 1: Mindfulness-Based Impulse Control Training
  • Session 2: Choice Awareness Training & Pattern Interruption
  • Session 3: Symbolic Threat Inoculation
  • Session 4: Bottom-Up Self-Regulation
  • Facilitating homework compliance
  • Real life anger management practice
Long-Term Anger Management: Strategies and Techniques for Lasting Behavioral Change
  • Attributional retraining – help clients to not take things personally
  • Effort acceptance – exercises to stop feeling shortchanged
  • Learning from fear & rascal sages
  • Relativity training to overcome righteous anger
  • Neurobehavioral empathy training & mirroring to promote relational stability
  • Neuroendocrine time-out & social fasting
  • Assertiveness training – teach clients to set healthy boundaries
  • Techniques to communicate anger without aggression
  • Group work - strategies to reinforce skill acquisition
  • Eastern know-how of equanimity – from anger to compassion
  • Manage politically and ideologically provocative client self-disclosures in therapy
Research, Treatment Risks and Limitations

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • School Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 07/28/2021

2-Day Intensive Training: Shame, Guilt and Self-Criticism Course

There’s no better feeling than providing relief from suffering. From the chronically stressed, to those grappling with trauma, dysfunctional relationships with food, substance use issues or anger -- you love the fulfillment of making a difference.

But shame, guilt, and self-criticism play a critical role in these problems and can dramatically disrupt therapy. You worry that you’ll fail to convince clients who feel unworthy that they deserve a better life. And you’re left frustrated, drained and unsure what will move therapy forward when fears about failure and inadequacy create a state of paralysis in shame-driven and self-critical clients.

This recording will give you the skills and tools you need to end the tyrannical hold of shame, guilt and self-criticism and empower your clients to develop the acceptance of themselves, others and reality necessary for the effective treatment of trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, binge eating, substance use, and anger issues.

Experience the satisfaction of greater therapeutic success when you can help clients release unhealthy shame and cultivate the self-acceptance they need to move toward a brighter future!


  • No hidden fees – PESI pays for your application fee (a $149.99 value)!
  • Simply complete this seminar and the post-event evaluation included in this training, and your application to be a Certified Shame-Informed Treatment Specialist through Evergreen Certifications is complete.*

Attendees will receive documentation of CSTS designation from Evergreen Certifications 4 to 6 weeks following the program.

*Professional standards apply. Visit www.evergreencertifications.com/csts for professional requirements.

Program Information


  1. Characterize how shame, guilt, and apathy can function as impediments to clinical progress.
  2. Establish how clinicians can teach clients techniques to negate the sweeping generalizations that can lie behind shame.
  3. Discriminate guilt from regret and communicate how this informs therapeutic approach.
  4. Communicate how normalizing strategies can be used with clients to dissipate self-doubt.
  5. Articulate how Choice Awareness Training can be used in therapy to combat motivational apathy.
  6. Specify how techniques that reframe symptoms as strengths can be used to increase therapeutic effectiveness with self-critical clients.
  7. Assess the impact of exposure and mindfulness interventions on affect avoidance.
  8. Establish how exercises that help clients rediscover their self-worth can be used in trauma treatment.
  9. Communicate how shame pushes clients into binge eating and clarify how self-acceptance interventions can be used to reduce emotional eating.
  10. Determine how shame acts as a cover for anger and explain how compassion exercises can be employed to help clients let go of anger.
  11. Analyze research that establishes shame as a risk factor for suicide in depressed individuals.
  12. Address the importance of managing shame in clients with substance use issues in efforts to prevent relapse. 


Shame, Guilt and Motivational Apathy as Impediments to Clinical Progress​

  • Therapy as a trigger and affect avoidance
  • Clinical impasses (underutilization, stagnation, premature termination)
  • Shame, guilt and a sense of not-deserving
  • Secrets from self and from therapist

Tools for Catalyzing Progress in Therapy

  • Normalizing, de-pathologizing, un-diagnosing
  • Dialectic reframing & evolutionary psychology
  • Mindfulness & metacognition
  • Self-acceptance & self-compassion
  • Neuroplasticity of internalization

Shame: Clinical Techniques to Move Therapy Forward

  • Debunking the myth of self-sabotage
  • Manage outside judgement with a self-referenced identity
  • Techniques to negate sweeping generalizations
  • Foster self-forgiveness with motivational innocence

Guilt: Help Clients Overcome the Debts of Guilt

  • Differentiate guilt from regret
  • Ordinary perfection & self-acceptance
  • Master the fear of making mistakes

Self-Doubt, Dilemmas & Indecision: Interventions for Clients Paralyzed by Uncertainty

  • Normalizing strategies to dissipate self-doubt
  • Manage the anxiety of unpredictability with uncertainty training
  • Make decisions easier with the art of arbitrary choice
  • Reframe a dilemma as a choice between two rights

Motivational Apathy & Self-Inefficacy: Strategies to Improve Motivation and Autonomy

  • Find a reason-to-change with the change equation
  • Techniques that leverage intrinsic motivation
  • Find freedom-to-change with Choice Awareness Training (CAT)
  • Pattern interruption for habit change – get clients off autopilot

Self-Criticism and Self-Stigmatization: Quiet Your Client’s Inner Critic

  • Varieties of self-deprecation (self-criticism, self-loathing, etc.)
  • Techniques to reframe symptoms as strengths
  • Compassion exercises for problematic habits of self-care
  • Recover from the disease model

Working through Affect Avoidance

  • Exposure, mindfulness & metacognition
  • Top-down & bottom-up emotional self-regulation
  • Cue-conditioning of self-Regulation

Connect Specific Strategies to the Treatment of:


  • Damaged goods, survivor’s guilt & avoidance of conflict
  • Somatic interventions to restore the original goodness
  • Strategies to survive without guilt
  • Conflict avoidance: Paper tigers v. real tigers
  • Exercises to rediscover self-worth

Stress and Anxiety

  • Mediate the paralysis of perfection with self-acceptance
  • Non-neurotic, stress-free perfectionism
  • Social anxiety as shame & self-doubt: disapproval inoculation & self-referencing
  • Mindfulness-based, non-anxious self-consciousness

Emotional Eating & Binge Eating

  • How shame pushes clients into binge eating
  • Choice Awareness Training for moderation & presence
  • Self-acceptance strategies for emotional eating
  • Transcend body shame by dis-identifying from the physical


  • Shame of fear: Shame as a cover for anger
  • The vicious guilt-anger loop
  • Self-acceptance techniques for internal damage control
  • Compassion exercises to let go of anger


  • Depression as self-exile
  • Shame as a risk factor for suicide
  • Mindfulness for managing rumination
  • Metacognitive silence: From negative self-talk to selfaccepting non-talk

Substance Abuse

  • Addressing the shame of relapse
  • Self-assertive trigger avoidance
  • Choice awareness techniques for habit modification
  • Build craving/impulse control skill power

Betrayal, Secrecy & Deception

  • Separation & divorce as self-care & progress
  • Secrets from therapist without rupture of rapport
  • De-pathologizing the motives behind lying & deception

Research, Limitations and Potential Risks

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Addictions Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals
  • Chaplains/Clergy

Copyright : 04/11/2019

Mad as Hell: End Your Client's Struggle with Anger and Help Them Gain Control of Their Lives with Clinical Strategies That Get Results

Broken families and ruined careers. Drug abuse, incarceration, and heart attacks. These are the extreme, life-shattering impacts of excessive anger. It’s devastating your clients, destroying their families, and putting their health and lives at risk.

Some clients fight their anger, attempting to bury it deep inside. Others express it outwardly to ruinous results. Most aren’t ready to make a change in their life, but have been forced to do so by their partner, their employer, or the court system. Reluctant to give up the feelings of power and righteousness generated by their fury, your best efforts are stymied by their unwillingness to deal with the core problems their anger masks. And angry clients can be aggressive in session. It’s all too easy to refer them to another counselor, letting their anger push you away like so many others.

Grounded in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), this essential recording will give you the tools you need to teach your clients to accept their anger as a normal emotion, and fundamentally change their destructive reactions. Full of practical applications and detailed instruction, you’ll leave with a playbook to help your clients let go of their emotional struggle with anger and gain control of their lives through values-clarified action. You’ll be able to assess readiness for change, and cultivate transformation with motivational strategies that engage your most reluctant and treatment-resistant clients. Lessons on mindfulness, values clarification, and problem solving are coupled with experiential exercises and targeted techniques to reduce your clients anger responses and empower them to manage their reactions to anger at work, on the road, and in their most important personal relationships.

Key benefits of watching:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) skills that reduce negative self-talk and self-judgement, and reframe dysfunctional thoughts that lead to excessive angered outbursts.
  • Mindfulness techniques and disengagement strategies that lower the anger response and help clients walk away from conflict and toward valued-living choices.
  • Strategies that help clients define their core values and discover the principles they want to guide their lives.
  • Assertiveness training that teaches clients how to communicate anger constructively and without aggression.
  • Easy-to-implement interventions that heal “old anger” and move clients toward their core values through the power of forgiveness and acceptance.
  • Functional coping and social skills clients can use to improve their daily lives and keep them grounded and in-control while on the road, at work, or at home.
  • In-session tactics that avoid automatic defensiveness and allow you to work effectively and safely with aggressive personalities.

Watch this recording and learn to help clients of all ages regulate their responses to excessive anger and provide them with valuable life-affirming alternatives to the dysfunctional and aggressive behaviors that damage their lives!

Program Information


  1. Engage reluctant and treatment-resistant clients with in-session mindfulness-based strategies.
  2. Manage responses to dysfunctional thoughts and judgmental beliefs with ACT skills that effectively intervene in these processes.
  3. Reduce the body’s anger response with mindfulness training and diaphragmatic breathing techniques that diminish the body’s fight-or-flight response.
  4. Teach clients how to communicate anger constructively with assertiveness techniques that increase their emotional vocabulary and enable them to handle conflict without aggression.
  5. Conduct a cost-benefit analysis intervention with clients to demonstrate the impact of “old anger” on their lives, and give them the tools to move past it with acceptance.
  6. Employ clinical strategies that help avoid automatic defensiveness in clients and allow you to work safely with aggressive personalities.


What We Resist, Persists: Why Fighting/Hiding Our Anger Doesn’t Work

  • The fight-flight-freeze response of anger
  • Understand the contextual role of anger through ACT
  • The cost of avoidance
  • Target populations
    • Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Antisocial Personality Disorder, Depression, Substance Abuse, Trauma
  • Mindful engagement techniques for resistant clients

Address Maladaptive Anger Reactions Before They Start: Reframe Dysfunctional Thoughts with ACT

  • Triggers – Identification and strategy selection
  • Experiential exercise: Values clarification
  • Cognitive defusion from judgmental thoughts
  • Intervene in unwanted thoughts and self-judgment
  • Values-guided behavior choices while in the grip of anger

Handle Destructive Anger Expressions in the Moment: Skills that Tame the Anger Response

  • Mindfully monitor indicators of anger
    • Emotional
    • Physiological
  • Mindfulness techniques to reduce the anger response
    • Reset with breath
    • Guided imagery
    • Carry out goals in the midst of anger
  • Disengagement strategies

Facilitate Forgiveness with Acceptance: Therapeutic Strategies That Address Old Anger

  • 3 reasons why forgiveness (and self-forgiveness) is never easy
  • Prerequisites to letting go of the past
  • Conduct a cost-benefit analysis intervention
  • Experiential exercise: Letting go of the past

Teach Clients to Communicate Anger Constructively and Without Aggression

  • Communicate anger effectively with “I” statements
  • The active role of acceptance in the midst of anger
  • Experiential exercise: Living with vs. Living in anger
  • Mindfully respond to anger in interpersonal relationships

Handle Difficult (and Angry) Clients in the Clinical Setting

  • Respond contextually to avoid automatic defensiveness
  • Modeling flexibility and acceptance
  • In-session strategies that keep you safe
  • Experiential exercise: Seeing your clients through their eyes


Target Audience

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors, Case Managers, Therapists, Nurses, Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 05/18/2018