Don’t Go Away Mad: Using ACT in Therapy to Help Clients Transcend Anger

CE Hours available ( How do I get my CE? )
Robyn Walser, PhD Renowned author, researcher, and master ACT trainer
Manuela O'Connell, PhD Professor and author

About This Course

Anger, acted on or suppressed, can be one of the more challenging emotions to address in psychotherapy. Those suffering from anger may feel guilty, ashamed, powerless, and out of control. It can lead to significant difficulties in the lives of those reacting to anger, including loss of relationships, jobs, friendships, and romance, and a sense of self that is viewed as whole. Values, left behind by behaviors that create fear instead of connection are abandoned in moments of rage and isolation.

Dealing with anger in therapy can pose problems ranging from evoking fear in the therapist to evoking anger in return. Coming to understand the client’s experiences of anger and how it impacts their lives and relationships, discriminating anger from both its functional and dysfunctional fallout, can assist in making robust and life-enhancing changes for the individuals struggling with such emotions. Whether it be suppressing it or acting on it in ways that lead to harm, anger is worth exploring and understanding more broadly, especially in times of social unrest and uncertainty.

Anger can be an essential emotion when expressed wisely. The relationship to feelings of anger is of significant consequence. It can mean the difference between full and authentic relationships or relationships filled with fear and constriction. How helping others relate to anger and how they behave when experiencing anger can bring a universe of freedom or a universe of control.

This training will use acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help clinicians, and thus their patients learn how to respond to anger, discovering a new way to view anger and its role and place in lives worth living, finding freedom by opening to the here and now felt experience while continuing to engage in values-based living.

This training is worth 8 CE credit hours if attended live. While we can only provide CE to those who are present – i.e. logged in – for live presentation(s), all Praxis webinars are recorded for later viewing. Registrants may then access these recordings at any time for up to six months from the conclusion of the training to which they pertain.

Prior to registering, please review speaker-planner conflict of interest disclosures and complete CE information.


Session 1: October 29, 2021, 4 pm-6 pm EDT
Understanding Anger: Clients and Anger
Understanding Change: The Function of Anger
Session 2: November 5, 2021, 4 pm-6 pm EDT
Open and Aware: Letting the Anger Go
Open and Aware: Letting the Anger BE
Session 3: November 12, 2021, 4 pm-6 pm EST
Aware and Engaged: You are Not Your Anger
Aware and Engaged: Freedom Despite Anger
Session 4: November 19, 2021, 4 pm-6 pm EST
Compassion and Forgiveness in the Presence of Anger
Moving Forward: Functional Anger

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Describe anger, its different functions and outcomes from a contextual behavioral perspective.
  2. Discuss the role of fusion and its antidote, defusion, in relation to anger.
  3. Describe how attachment to descriptions of the self and others limits behavior change.
  4. Utilize skills of defusion, mindfulness, self-as-context and values description to assist clients in managing anger.
  5. Describe the role of compassion and forgiveness in relating to anger differently.
  6. Describe SMART goals in relation to values.
  7. Discriminate appropriate anger related to social issues.

Continuing Education

Please review complete CE and conflict-of-interest disclosure information prior to registering. This live online course is jointly sponsored by Praxis CET and Institute for Better Health (IBH) and is approved for 8 CE Hours by the following listed below. There was no commercial support for this activity. All the planners/presenters have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Praxis CET maintains responsibility for the program with the CE approvals outlined below:
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselors:Indicated courses have been approved by Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 8 CE hours. NAADAC Provider #165310, Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc, is responsible for all aspects of its programming.
  • Behavior Analysts:PraxisCET is an approved BACB ACE Provider # OP-17-2718.
  • National Counselors: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6759. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • NY Social Workers:Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0467
  • NY Counselors:Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0198.
  • NY Psychologists:Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0002.
Institute for Better Health maintains responsibility for the program with the CE approvals outlined below:
  • Physicians:This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Institute for Better Health and Praxis Continuing Education and Training. The Institute for Better Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Institute for Better Health designates this live internet activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Psychologists:Institute for Better Health is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education to psychologists. Institute for Better Health maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
  • Nurses:Institute for Better Health, Inc is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Institute for Better Health is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, BRN (Provider CEP#2672).
  • Educators:Institute for Better Health has been approved by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board (WESPSB), a member of NASDTEC, as a Clock Hour Provider for Educators. Learners may claim one Clock Hour for each activity hour attended. Please contact your individual state boards for information regarding reciprocity and any additional requirements.
  • Social Workers please note:In many states, you may be able to self-submit this course to your board. Many states have reciprocity with other approvals offered for this course such as APA, NBCC, or NY State Social Work. Please check with your individual board for further information on what is acceptable.




All levels of mental health professionals

Recommended Reading


Walser, R. D. & O’Connell, (in press). The ACT Workbook for Anger: Manage Emotions and Take Back Your Life with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. New Harbinger, Publications: Oakland, CA.

Barrett, E. L., Mills, K. L., & Teesson, M. (2013). Mental health correlates of anger in the general population: Findings from the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47(5), 470-476.

Lawler-Row, K. A., Karremans, J. C., Scott, C., Edlis-Matityahou, M., & Edwards, L. (2008). Forgiveness, physiological reactivity and health: The role of anger. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 68(1), 51-58.

Maan Diong, S., Bishop, G. D., Enkelmann, H. C., Tong, E. M., Why, Y. P., Ang, J. C., & Khader, M. (2005). Anger, stress, coping, social support and health: Modelling the relationships. Psychology & Health, 20(4), 467-495.

Traister, R. (2018). Good and mad: The revolutionary power of women’s anger. Simon and Schuster.

Corbin, N. A., Smith, W. A., & Garcia, J. R. (2018). Trapped between justified anger and being the strong Black woman: Black college women coping with racial battle fatigue at historically and predominantly White institutions. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 31(7), 626-643.

Wu, Q., Chi, P., Zeng, X., Lin, X., & Du, H. (2019). Roles of anger and rumination in the relationship between self-compassion and forgiveness. Mindfulness, 10(2), 272-278.

Landmann, H., & Hess, U. (2017). What elicits third-party anger? The effects of moral violation and others’ outcome on anger and compassion. Cognition and emotion, 31(6), 1097-1111.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

We understand, sometimes things come up!

Praxis will offer a full refund to registrants of both live and live-online trainings who cancel their registration up to 14 days before the course or workshop start date, minus an administrative processing fee of $30 for a 2-day workshop or online course, and a $50 fee for a 4-day workshop. If cancelled within 14 days, no refund will be issued, however, a credit for the same amount will be applied toward another learning product, which expires within 1 year. Please contact us at to cancel a registration.