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Controlling Anger and Learning to Manage It-Effective Relapse-Prevention Program

William Winogron, Ph.D.
Marilyn Van Dieten, Ph.D.
Vicki Grisim, M.Ed.


The Controlling Anger and Learning to Manage It–Effective Relapse-Prevention Program (CALMER) is a follow-up to the CALM instrument. Like its predecessor, the CALMER is used with groups of two to eight males who have a problematic history of dealing with anger and have exhibited aggressive tendencies. The CALMER contains exercises that help clients increase control over their hostile attitudes or aggressive, violent behavior patterns. The program consists of a standardized intake plan and group-intervention sessions. Group members are given the following personal assignments:

  • Identify internal and external factors that trigger anger
  • Apply arousal-reduction techniques
  • Identify and change thoughts that lead to problematic behavior
  • Apply assertive communication skills
  • Develop a relapse-prevention plan

Nonpsychotherapeutic personnel who have completed a short training program can administer the CALMER. It is ideal for inmates, probationers, and young offenders who have committed violent acts in the past. The workbook has a 6th-grade reading level. Back to the top


William Winogron, Ph.D.,
Marilyn Van Dieten, Ph.D., & Vicki Grisim, M.Ed..

Age Range Males 14 and older

Administration Time
8 two-hour sessions

Administration Type Group sessions
(2–8 people)

Qualification Level B