(Department of Psychiatry, North Devon District Hospital, 1993 - 98)
was a series of ongoing weekly sessions (3 hours a week for 12 - 16 weeks) working with men who were experiencing problems with controlling their anger & violence. Using a mixture of drama techniques, mask work & strong visual images, participants created a “language of anger” through which they could articulate & communicate their experiences of the world, their relationship to violence & anger, & their notions around manhood. Drama & roleplay allowed participants to wrestle with their current “high risk areas” & to rehearse realistic alternative models of behaviour in a safe & supportive group work environment.
Work then focussed in a more analytical way on participants childhood experiences of anger & abuse, & looked at dealing with the ongoing underlying issues & emotions that were the long standing “fuel” for their feelings & behaviours, which would form the basis of ongoing work with therapists after the end of the course.
“My whole outlook on life has changed due to this group”
“It’s obvious that I will still get angry, but with what I have learnt in the group…I will not ever lose my temper to the extent that I did previously. I owe so much to everyone in the group; without them helping me through this worst stage in my life I might not be here today. Thank you to everyone for all the care & support over the last 16 weeks. Respect.”
“Given the success of these techniques for a very difficult & volatile group, it was extremely worthwhile & successful”
(See also the Defusing Bombs training).