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Helping Teens Manage Anger

Training to Help Teens Manage Anger And Resolve Conflicts Peacefully: P.E.A.C.E. Inc.
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This category includes agencies and organizations that serve the general public.  They include those involved with schools, for example parent associations and those that provide different kinds of programs that contribute to the general health and well being of members of their surrounding communities. Staff members of P.E.A.C.E., INC have presented the anger management program. to several different groups. These will be mentioned below.


YMCA Teen Program

A six session program entitled, “Helping Teenagers Deal More Effectively With Conflict” as developed for adolescents of the Rye YMCA (Westchester County, New York).  It was facilitated once a month over a six month period. Three different presenters, each with their own approach, facilitated two sessions of this program.


Observations:

During this particular program participation was sporadic. Those that attended showed different levels of enthusiasm.


Suggestions To Improve This Program:
These suggestions were the result of discussions with YMCA staff, the program facilitators and the Program Coordinator of P.E.A.C.E., Inc.  Additional ideas were gathered from the participant evaluations that were provided after each session.

  • Have youngsters assist in the planning of the program. Cooperative planning provides teens with a sense of ownership. This gives them a reason to participate and see a program through to completion.
  • Have participants commit to participating in the entire program. This give them the opportunity to help make the program a success.
  • Sessions should be facilitated twice a month minimally, and should be presented by the same person. This will help achieve continuity and a better understanding of the concepts being presented.
  • To achieve better attendance, avoid scheduling training during May and June when teens prefer outside activities.
  • Make sure there is plenty of interaction. Demonstration and participation outweigh the result of elaboration. In other words, let talking and more doing by the participants.


Library Programs: Programs have been developed and presented to community members at their local libraries.  Presentations were held at the Pettee Memorial Library in Wilmington, Vermont and The Brooks Memorial Library in Bratttleboro,Vermont


American Family Community Services. Located in Jackson Heights, New York, this agency provides many different services and programs to members of its community. (For more information about this group, go to our Useful Resources page) For this particular organization we provided two workshops that served to add to the information presented by its Director, Rodolfo Flores, in a series of workshops given to community members on anger management.


Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center- Located in Brooklyn, New York, provides many educational services to members of its community.  The program we presented was facilitated for a group of parents interested in receiving ideas on how to deal with their children when they get angry.  Another presenter, Brett Scudder of SISFI, who spoke to this audience on the topic of bullying, joined us. (Information about both of these organizations can also be found on our Useful Resources page)


Four Winds Hospital Community Outreach Program

The program entitled, “Dealing With Conflict in the Family” was presented in a single 1 ½ hour session. It was facilitated in two of this agencies facilities, one in Westchester County, New York and the second in the Albany, New York area. This presentation focused on different aspects of communication and conflict, utilizing materials taken from specific articles and books.


Response:

The participants’ reactions were enthusiastic. Many questions were asked and the need for more training was expressed.


Suggestions:

These suggestions came about from conversations between the agency and P.E.A.C.E., Inc.  program coordinators. The greatest limitation was that of time. The 1 ½ hour sessions allowed an overview of the topic and some discussion to take place. Participants suggested that this presentation should be two or three sessions so that there would be a chance for a greater level of interaction to take place through role-plays  and other experiential activities.  By permitting these activities to take place, the participants would have the opportunity to pretest and process ideas that were presented before actually putting them into practice.  They commented that more “How To’s” should be given rather than generalities.


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