Managing Teen Anger and Violence: A Pathways to Peace Program


Examining anger as both a habit and addiction, this book helps teens better manage their anger and violent behavior.

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ISBN: 978-1-57023-276-3 (13-digit); 1-57023-276-8 (10-digit)

“Teens have learned to manage their anger through the innovative Pathways to Peace program, and this book provides a series of personal stories and vignettes key to understanding anger addiction, violent behavior patterns, and the addiction and recovery process. Angry teens can be a danger to themselves, their families and those around them, so understanding the program that can change their behaviors is important. This can be used as both a self-directed guide and as a training manual for the Pathways to Peace programs and will reach [anyone] working with teens.”
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By William Fleeman

#6271  Angry teens can be a threat to themselves, loved ones, and innocent bystanders. If left untreated, their behavior can ruin lives and become costly for the criminal justice system. Examining anger as both a habit and addiction, this book helps teens better manage their anger and violent behavior.

Designed for both individuals and institutions, Managing Teen Anger and Violence takes teens through the whole addiction and recovery process. Feeling powerless and using ANGER to feel powerful, many teens exhibit classic signs of addictive behavior that can be successfully treated with the seasoned techniques outlined in this book.

Filled with personal stories and vignettes, the book helps teens identify anger as a problem, recognize how they use anger like a drug, find non-violent ways to experience personal power, learn to change abusive and violent behavior, focus on values and goals that support a non-violent lifestyle, identify and change attitudes and beliefs that keep them stuck, avoid relapse into violent behavior, and develop a mission statement for a non-violent lifestyle.

230 pages. 7 x 10. Softcover. January 2008.

SPECIALS: 10 copies for $159.95; 100 copies for $997.50; and 1,000 copies for $7,980.00.

THE AUTHOR: William Fleeman is the founder of the popular Pathways to Peace self-help program for anger management and violence prevention.

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To Parents, Counselors, and Teachers

Managing Teen Anger and Violence: A Pathways to Peace Program is an anger management and violence prevention guidebook designed specifically for young people age 13 to 19. It is an interactive guide to help teens understand, and then change their angry behavior.

The lessons and exercises in the workbook follow a logical sequence. The readability level of Managing Teen Anger and Violence makes the material accessible to most teens.

This book is the official guide for teens who participate in the Pathways to Peace, Inc. anger management and violence prevention self-help program. Pathways to Peace, Inc. is a nonproft organization based in New York State, with community-based groups throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The guidebook is designed so that it may be used by teens regardless of whether or not they participate in a Pathways to Peace anger management group.

Managing Teen Anger and Violence can be used by individuals with or without adult supervision. The workbook can also be used by agencies, institutions, and schools as a curriculum guide for teen anger management and violence prevention programs.

The Managing Teen Anger and Violence guidebook is designed to be completed in as little as 16 to 18 one-hour weekly sessions. However, a program of almost any length could be designed. For example, a program could be planned with a completion target of six months to a year.

To Teens Who Want to Change Their Angry Behavior

This guidebook is only a beginning. Recovery from an anger problem takes longer than a few months, since full recovery requires more than a change in behavior. It could be said that changing angry behavior is the easy part.

Changing at the character level takes much longer and requires firm commitment and patience.

True recovery will occur when you begin to change at the character level. Full recovery from a long-standing pattern of anger and rage could take as long as two to three years.

Maintaining recover is an ongoing process. Work hard. Have patience. Be forgiving of yourself.

Scattered throughout this guidebook are messages written by young people like you. The messages are designed to help you to understand and to relate to the material contained in this book.

The young people who wrote the messages have shared their experiences with you because they care. Writing down their stories was not easy. They had to remember things and events they would rather not think about.

They struggled through the pain. It is very likely that you will relate, not only to the content of the messages, but to the feelings behind the messages too.

Like you, the young people who wrote down their stories have dealt with anger and rage. They once felt alone and powerless. Some have suffered serious consequences because of their behavior. Each writer once thought no one cared.

But the young people who have shared parts of their personal history in this guidebook haven’t strugged in vain only to lose in the end. They have struggled and won. They found help for their anger problem.

They found acceptance and support, and they learned skills to help them deal with anger triggers. They learned how to live in harmony with their families, their friends, and their teachers.

Their struggle to change was not easy. Yet, they succeeded. They changed their angry behavior and now are enjoying the rewards. They are living happy, productive lives. Many of them continue to learn and grow by participating in a Pathways to Peace self-help group in their community.

To every teen who told part of his or her story and contributed so much to the success of this anger management guidebook for teens, I salute you. I say: “Thank You!”

There are no guarantees, of course. But if you follow the example of the teens who wrote down their messages for you, and if you apply the skills and ideas presented in this guidebook to your life, you can change your angry behavior, avoid further consequences, and find your pathway to peace. Eventually, along the way, you may even find the happy and contented life that you deserve.

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