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The Anger Management Workshop


This workshop is a one day intensive learning experience designed for people who have trouble managing their own anger, or the anger of those around them.  Ineffective management of anger has significant costs:


       increased health risks, such as high blood pressure, ulcers, and heart disease

       problematic relationships, such as with your spouse, children, boss, coworkers and others

       not resolving the psychological hurts that anger often masks, such as low-self-esteem, depression and anxiety,

       decreased productivity at work and home


This small-group workshop will help you learn to manage your or others’ angry feelings in effective ways, and to control your behavioral reactions to anger, with goals of


       improved health status

       honest, clear and non-hurtful communication in difficult relationships

       improved problem-solving in frustrating situations

       decreased sensations of physical stress

       improved emotional well-being


Topics covered in the workshop include


       what anger is and isn’t

       understanding how and why people become angry

       how to assess your own anger reactions

       the connections between anger and aggression, anxiety, and depression

       the physical costs of anger

       how to reduce stress to prevent anger

       how to effectively manage interactions once you or others become angry


The Workshop Format

The workshop is a hands-on learning experience (not a group psychotherapy session), including lecture, readings, video presentations,  individual and group exercises designed specifically to apply techniques learned, and the development of an individualized anger management “tool kit” by the day’s end.  To achieve the best benefit, participants should expect to actively engage in the day’s activities.


Who Should Attend

The workshop is designed for you,  if you believe your reactions to anger are harmful to yourself or others.  People close to you may also suggest you attend.  If so, please consider their suggestion as a sign of their concern.  Your attendance at the workshop is then also a sign--of your strength in taking positive action to improve your relationships.


Workshop Date, Location and Cost

 Workshops are scheduled on Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 pm.  Please call the office for the next scheduled workshop date.  There will be a one hour lunch break, Noon - 1:00 p.m.


The workshop location is in the comfortable, private offices of the Duncansville Professional Center, 841 Third Avenue, Duncansville, PA.  Please visit the webpage titled "Our Location" within this website for specific directions.  The workshop can also be conducted on-site at other locations, such as worksites or churches.


 The cost of the one-day workshop is $59.00 per person.  A group discount rate of $49.00 per person is available, if three or more individuals sign up at the same time.  This fee is refundable, minus a 20 % administrative fee, only if the refund request is received seven or more days preceding the workshop. The fee is refundable, minus a 50 % deduction, if the refund request is received one to six days preceding the workshop. It is non- refundable on or after the workshop date.

Participation will be limited to the first 15 people to register.  Others interested will be placed on a waiting list and informed of future workshop dates. Late registrants will be accepted up to the date of the workshop, if space is available.


Follow-Up Anger Management Group

A time-limited psychoeducational group, meeting for 75 minutes, once a week for eight weeks, is also available. This group is optional, but will be open only to workshop “graduates.” Its goals are to reinforce concepts and techniques learned in the workshop, and to provide ongoing emotional support, as participants have the opportunity to practice their new skills in everyday life. Cost of the group sessions are $40.00 per weekly session, and are covered by most health-care insurance.  Please contact the office for details.


The Workshop Leader

Dr. Catherine Selth Spayd, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Duncansville, PA.  She has been in the full-time practice of clinical psychology since 1991.  Dr. Spayd graduated from Penn State University with a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, after earning undergraduate degrees in psychology and education. She provides individual and group psychotherapy services in the office and as a consultant to area nursing homes.  Her therapy style is pragmatic, goal-oriented and tends to focus on helping clients learn to change current behaviors and thoughts to improve their emotional well-being and  life satisfaction. She has successfully worked with many people to help them improve their behavioral and emotional reactions to anger.