75 Helpful Anger Management Resources

Free resources for anger management, including articles/guides, assessments, PDF printable handouts, worksheets, workbooks, and recommended mobile apps.

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This resource list for anger management includes 75+ articles/guides; free anger assessments (both interactive and PDF formats); free printable workbooks, manuals, handouts, and worksheets; treatment planning resources; research articles/dissertations; and recommended mobile apps.

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75+ Anger Management Resources

Articles & Guides for Anger Management

  1. Anger and Regret (2 pages)
  2. Anger Management (Source: HelpGuide)
  3. Anger Management Articles (by  Lynne Namka, Ed.D)
  4. Anger Management Strategies for Adults (Source: Succeed Socially)
  5. How Can I Control My Anger? (Source: Medical News Today)
  6. How to Handle Anger in Your Relationship (Source: The Gottman Institute)
  7. Is Your Anger a Problem? (4 pages)
  8. Nearly One in Ten U.S. Adults Have Impulsive Anger Issues and Access to Guns (Source: ScienceDaily)
  9. People Who Experience Rage Attacks Have Smaller “Emotional Brains” (Source: ScienceDaily)
  10. Seven Steps for Anger (Source: Beck Institute)
  11. Strategies for Controlling Your Anger: Keeping Anger in Check (Source: American Psychological Association)
  12. What Happens When We Get Angry? (Source: ScienceDaily)

Free Assessments for Anger

  1. Anger Checklist: How Is Your Anger? (1-page PDF)
  2. Anger Inventory (7-page PDF)
  3. Anger Management Test from Psychology Today (Interactive)
  4. Anger Management Test from Psymed (Interactive)
  5. Anger Questionnaire (2-page PDF)
  6. Anger Self-Assessment (Interactive)
  7. Anger Self-Assessment Questionnaire (2-page PDF)
  8. Anger Self-Assessment Test from Anger Busting 101 (Interactive)
  9. Anger Styles Questionnaire from AMR, Inc. (Interactive)
  10. Anger Styles Quiz (7-page PDF)
  11. Anger Test: How Angry Are You? from Psychologist World (Interactive)
  12. Anger Turned Inward Quiz from AMR, Inc. (Interactive)
  13. Behavioral Anger Response Questionnaire (4-page PDF)
  14. Buss Perry Aggression Questionnaire (Interactive)
  15. The Clinical Anger Scale (CAS) (3-page PDF, scoring instructions not included)
  16. The Hostility Questionnaire
  17. How Angry Are You? (Interactive)
  18. How Good Is Your Anger Management? from Mind Tools (Interactive)
  19. How Much Do You Really Know About Anger? (2-page PDF, scoring instructions not included)
  20. The Miller-Patton Anger Self-Assessment (Interactive) (Click here for PDF version with scoring instructions)
  21. Multidimensional Anger Test (Interactive)
  22. Personal Anger Assessment (Interactive)
  23. The “Too Angry” Test

For additional free assessments, see Free Online Assessment & Screening Tools.

Free PDF Handouts & Worksheets for Anger Management

  1. Anger Fuels List (1-page)
  2. Anger Management Techniques (4 pages)
  3. Anger Management Toolkit (Source: MensLine Australia)
  4. Anger Management Worksheets (Source: Neighborhood Counseling and Community Services)
  5. Anger Management Worksheets (Source: Steps for Change)
  6. Anger Self-Help (Source: Get Self-Help UK)
  7. Anger Solutions Worksheet (2 pages)
  8. Anger Therapy Worksheets (Source: Therapist Aid)
  9. Common Anger Triggers (Source: Anger and Irritability Management Skills, US Department of Veterans Affairs)
  10. Dealing with Anger (Source: Inner Health Studio, 7 pages)
  11. Dealing with Anger and Impulsivity (Black Dog Institute, 2 pages)
  12. Letting Go of Anger Free Worksheets
  13. Managing Anger: Client Handouts (Source: UW Medicine Harborview Medical Center)
  14. Printables (Source: AMR, Inc.)
  15. Strategies for Controlling Hostility (3 pages)
  16. Tips for Managing Anger (3 pages)
  17. Toolkit for Understanding Anger (3 pages)
  18. Turning Anger Into Goals (Belmont Wellness, 1 page)
  19. Understanding Anger (Source: Berkeley Be Well at Work, 4 pages)
  20. What Is Anger? (Source: CCI, 1 page)
  21. Your Anger Control Plan (Source: Anger and Irritability Management Skills, US Department of Veterans Affairs)

For additional sites with free therapy worksheets, see Sites with Free Therapy Worksheets.

Free PDF Workbooks & Manuals

  1. Chapter 7: Anger and Aggression (Source: Psychological Self-Help, 173 pages)
  2. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Anger Group (72 pages)
  3. Anger: Moodjuice Self-Help Guide (28 pages)
  4. Anger Management: Client Handbook Series (Source: Carleton University, Criminal Justice Decision Making Laboratory, & Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, 13 pages)
  5. ANGER MANAGEMENT COURSE Workbook Series
  6. Anger Management for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Clients: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Manual (68 pages) | Participant Workbook (64 pages)
  7. Anger Management Techniques (35 pages)
  8. Anger Management Workbook (Source: Seasons Therapy, 38 pages)
  9. Anger Management Workbook (Source: Community and Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) across England and Wales, 48 pages)
  10. A Guide to Controlling Anger (Source: NHS, 28 pages)
  11. Managing My Anger (14 pages)
  12. Problems with Anger Self-Help Guide (Source: NHS)
  13. True Strength: A Compassion-Focused Therapy Approach for Working with Anger (131 pages)
  14. Understanding and Reducing Angry Feelings (Source: Texas Institute of Behavioral Research at TCU, 42 pages)

For additional printable PDF workbooks and manuals, see Free Printable PDF Workbooks, Manuals, & Self-Help Guides.

Treatment Planning Resources for Anger Management

  1. Goals and Objectives
  2. Individual Planning: A Treatment Plan Overview for Individuals with Anger Problems
  3. Objectives and Interventions
  4. Treatment Plan Overviews Anger

Research Articles & Dissertations

  1. Fuel in the Fire: How Anger Impacts Judgment and Decision-Making
  2. Measures of Anger and Hostility in Adults
  3. A Meta-analysis of the Psychological Treatment of Anger: Developing Guidelines for Evidence-Based Practice
  4. Mindfulness-Based and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Anger-Management: An Integrated Approach (Dissertation)
  5. A Solution-Focused Group Treatment Approach for Individuals Maladaptively Expressing Anger (Dissertation)

Recommended Mobile Apps for Anger Management

  1. Anger and Irritability Management Skills (AIMS)
  2. Calm
  3. Happify: For Stress and Worry

200+ Sites with Free Therapy Worksheets & Handouts

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If you’re a counselor or therapist, you’re probably familiar with Therapist Aid, one of the most well-known sites for providing free therapy worksheets. But Therapist Aid isn’t the only resource for free therapy tools! This is a list of additional sites with free therapy worksheets and handouts.

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See below for links to over 200 websites with free therapy worksheets and handouts for both clinicians and consumers.


(Click here for free worksheets, handouts, and guides posted on this site.)


Sites with Free Therapy Worksheets & Handouts

UPDATED October 12, 2021

Mental Health (Sites with Worksheets/Handouts on a Variety of Topics)

Substance Use Disorders & Addiction

Depression, Stress, & Anxiety

Trauma & Related Disorders

Psychosis

Grief & Loss

Anger

Self-Esteem

Values & Goal-Setting

Wellness & Resiliency

ACT, CBT, & DBT

Children & Youth

Adolescents & Young Adults

Marriage/Relationships & Family

Additional Free Therapy Worksheets & Handouts


Please contact me if a link isn’t working or if you’d like to recommend a site!

38 Unconventional Coping Strategies

A list of uncommon strategies for coping with stress, depression, and anxiety. Includes a free PDF version of the list to print and use as a handout.

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Effective coping skills make it possible to survive life’s stressors, obstacles, and hardships. Without coping strategies, life would be unmanageable. Dr. Constance Scharff described coping mechanisms as “skills we… have that allow us to make sense of our negative experiences and integrate them into a healthy, sustainable perspective of the world.” Healthy coping strategies promote resilience when experiencing minor stressors, such as getting a poor performance review at work, or major ones, such as the loss of a loved one.

Like any skill, coping is important to practice on a regular basis in order to be effective. Do this by maintaining daily self-care (at a minimum: adequate rest, healthy meals, exercise, staying hydrated, and avoiding drugs/alcohol.)

As an expert on you (and how you adapt to stressful situations), you may already know what helps the most when life seems out-of-control. (I like reading paranormal romance/fantasy-type books!) Maybe you meditate or run or rap along to loud rap music or have snuggle time with the cats or binge watch your favorite show on Netflix. Having insight into/awareness of your coping strategies primes you for unforeseeable tragedies in life.

“Life is not what it’s supposed to be. It’s what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.”

Virginia Satir, Therapist (June 26, 2019-September 10, 1988)

Healthy coping varies greatly from person to person; what matters is that your personal strategies work for you. For example, one person may find prayer helpful, but for someone who isn’t religious, prayer might be ineffective. Instead, they may swim laps at the gym when going through a difficult time. Another person may cope by crying and talking it out with a close friend.

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Note: there are various mental health treatment approaches (i.e. DBT, trauma-focused CBT, etc.) that incorporate specialized, evidence-based coping techniques that are proven to work (by reducing symptoms and improving wellbeing) for certain disorders. The focus of this post is basic coping, not treatment interventions.

On the topic of coping skills, the research literature is vast (and beyond the scope of this post). While many factors influence coping (i.e. personality/temperament, stressors experienced, mental and physical health, etc.), evidence backs the following methods: problem-solving techniques, mindfulness/meditation, exercise, relaxation techniques, reframing, acceptance, humor, seeking support, and religion/spirituality. (Note that venting is not on the list!) Emotional intelligence may also play a role in the efficiency of coping skills.


Current Research

In 2011, researchers found that positive reframes, acceptance, and humor were the most effective copings skills for students dealing with small setbacks. The effect of humor as a positive coping skill has been found in prior studies, several of which focused on coping skills in the workplace.

A sport psychology study indicated that professional golfers who used positive self-talk, blocked negative thoughts, maintained focus, and remained in a relaxed state effectively coped with stress, keeping a positive mindset. Effective copers also sought advice as needed throughout the game. A 2015 study suggested that helping others, even strangers, helps mitigate the impact of stress.


Examples of coping skills include prayer, meditation, deep breathing, exercise, talking to a trusted person, journaling, cleaning, and creating art. However, the purpose of this post is to provide coping alternatives. Maybe meditation isn’t your thing or journaling leaves you feeling like crap. Coping is not one-size-fits-all. The best approach to coping is to find and try lots of different things!

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The inspiration for this post came from Facebook. (Facebook is awesome for networking! I’m a member of several professional groups.) Lauren Mills sought ideas for unconventional strategies via Facebook… With permission, I’m sharing some of them here!    


Unconventional Coping Strategies

  1. Crack pistachio nuts
  2. Fold warm towels
  3. Smell your dog (Fun fact: dog paws smell like corn chips!) or watch them sleep
  4. Peel dried glue off your hands
  5. Break glass at the recycling center
  6. Pop bubble wrap
  7. Lie upside down
  8. Watch slime or pimple popping videos on YouTube
  9. Sort and build Lego’s
  10. Write in cursive
  11. Observe fish in an aquarium
  12. Twirl/spin around
  13. Solve math problems (by hand)
  14. Use a voice-changing app (Snapchat works too) to repeat back your worry/critical thoughts in the voice of a silly character OR sing your worries/thoughts aloud to the tune of “Happy Birthday”
  15. Listen to the radio in foreign languages
  16. Chop vegetables
  17. Go for a joy ride (Windows down!)
  18. Watch YouTube videos of cute animals and/or giggling babies
  19. Blow bubbles
  20. Walk barefoot outside
  21. Draw/paint on your skin
  22. Play with (dry) rice
  23. Do (secret) “random acts of kindness”
  24. Play with warm (not hot) candle wax
  25. Watch AMSR videos on YouTube
  26. Shuffle cards
  27. Recite family recipes
  28. Find the nicest smelling flowers at a grocery store
  29. Count things
  30. Use an app to try different hairstyles and/or makeup
  31. People-watch with a good friend and make up stories about everyone you see (Take it to the next level with voiceovers!)
  32. Wash your face mindfully
  33. Buy a karaoke machine and sing your heart out when you’re home alone
  34. On Instagram, watch videos of a hydraulic press smash things, cake decorating, pottery/ceramics throwing, hand lettering, and/or woodwork
  35. Shine tarnished silver
  36. Create a glitter jar and enjoy
  37. Tend to plants
  38. Color in a vulgar coloring book for adults

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Click below for a PDF version of “Unconventional Coping Strategies.” This handout can be printed, copied, and shared without the author’s permission, providing it’s not used for monetary gain.

Unconventional Coping Strategies


  • Cassie Jewell, M.Ed., LPC, LSATP
  • With Lauren Mills, MA, LPC-Intern (Contributor)
  • Lauren Mills, MA, LPC-Intern (Supervised by Mary Ann Satori, LPC-S) is a therapist in Texas and a current resident in counseling.     

I’d like to acknowledge all members of Therapist Toolbox – Resources & Support for Therapists who submitted ideas!


If you have an uncommon coping skill, post in a comment!

42 Free Therapy Handouts & Worksheets

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This is a list of free therapy handouts, forms, and worksheets for mental illness/substance use disorders.

Please repost and share with anyone who might benefit! New resources are added on a regular basis.


Click here for a list of sites with free therapy worksheets/handouts and here for for a list of printable workbooks, manuals, and self-help guides.

Find additional free therapy handouts at TherapistAid, GetSelfHelpUK, and Taking the Escalator.


Updated October 12, 2021


Forms

Group Activities

Good for newly formed groups. Each group member writes down their “first impression” of other group members. The facilitator then reviews each “impression,” and group members have the opportunity to share their answers.

Print/cut the cards, fold, and place in a container. Group members take turns drawing the cards and answering the questions.

Give group members 15-20 minutes to collect signatures. The first person to collect all signatures wins.

Print/cut the cards, fold, and place in a container to pass around. This activity works best with a working group.

Group Ideas & Topics

Free Therapy Handouts

Free Therapy Worksheets

Workbooks & Bonus Materials

Daily Self-Inventory for Mental Health Professionals