Free Getting Along & Keeping Cool: Aggression Control Program for Young People

Free Getting Along & Keeping Cool: Aggression Control Program for Young People“Getting Along & Keeping Cool: Aggression Control Program for Young People” is a structured, multi-session program developed by the Centre for Clinical Interventions and YouthLink. This comprehensive manual is designed to help young people aged 13 to 25 who exhibit aggressive behaviors. The program is rooted in a cognitive-behavioral framework and focuses on developing skills for aggression control. It covers topics like understanding the difference between anger and aggression, identifying anger triggers, effective communication, and using self-talk to manage anger. The sessions include activities like role plays, discussions, and exercises aimed at teaching participants to recognize signs of anger, understand the consequences of aggression, and learn proactive ways to handle conflict and anger. This manual serves as a valuable guide for therapists and counselors working with young people to address aggression and develop healthier emotional responses and communication skills.


  1. Session 1: Introduction to Program
    • Introductions
    • Icebreaker exercises
    • Establishing goals and group rules
    • The difference between anger and aggression
  2. Session 2: Overview of How Anger Works
    • Introduction to the Pressure Cooker Model
    • Recognising the signs of anger – the ‘steam’
    • Introduction to triggers
    • Introduction to self-monitoring (Hassle Logs)
    • Worksheets & Handouts: Hassle Logs
  3. Session 3: Identifying Anger Triggers & Behavioural Strategies
    • Triggers and Hassle Logs
    • Learning ways to ‘let off steam’
    • Worksheets & Handouts: Letting off Steam, Deep Breathing
  4. Session 4: Identifying Feelings & Looking at Consequences
    • Identifying feelings other than anger
    • Recognising the costs and benefits of aggression
  5. Session 5: Effective Communication
    • Anger rights and responsibilities
    • Introduction to assertiveness skills – ‘loosening the lid’
    • Worksheets & Handouts: Anger Rights and Responsibilities, How to be Assertive
  6. Session 6: Effective Communication (Continued)
    • Assertiveness skills
  7. Session 7: Using Self-Talk to Manage Anger
    • Influence of thoughts on feelings
    • Using self–talk to manage anger – ‘turning down the flame’
  8. Session 8: Putting it Together
    • Review
    • Reflection on program
    • Closing activity
    • Preparation for relapse
    • Worksheets & Handouts: Booklet – Getting Along & Keeping Cool: A Guide to How Anger Works