Particularly helpful in treating children anger management problems, the objective of the game is to accumulate as many chips as possible by responding appropriately to the cards.
Based on cognitive-behavioural principles, the game focuses on six skills:
- Empathising with the victim • Distinguishing between aggressive and non-aggressive acts
- Using self-talk to diffuse anger
- Generating and evaluating alternatives to aggression
- Identifying feelings underlying anger
- Evaluating the opinions of others.
Question cards include:
- “Phillip’s mother grounded him for fighting with his brother. Phillip didn’t start the fight. He feels angry. What else might Phillip be thinking? Why might he be feelings this way?”
- “Megan took money out of the mum’s purse without asking. Her sister saw her do it. What was her sister most likely think and feelings? Why?”
An Anger Control Inventory helps determine which skills a child needs to develop. Can be played with individuals or in a classroom group.
An accompanying workbook is also available.
“This game is great because it has a variety of skill cards that can be selected depending on the ability level of the group.”
– Will Mitchell, YOT Officer, Milton Keynes YOT