Training Series: What’s Making You Angry? A Needs-based Approach to Anger Management

Monday June 11, 2012 – Monday June 11, 2012

3013 Dixwell Avenue

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June 11th, 18th, 25,th at 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Whether it is all the time or with just that one person who pushes our buttons, anger can lead to heartache, destruction, and shame.   It can cause us to say things we don’t mean, do things we regret, and even end relationships with people we genuinely love and care for.

This three-session training series is designed to help you identify your anger triggers, examine the thinking driving your anger and give you the tools to redirect anger in empathy.  Based on Marshall Rosenberg’s process of Nonviolent Communication, the philosophy of mindfulness meditation, and needs based consciousness, this series aims to help you gain better control over your anger.

Session 1 (June 11, 2012): We will look at the PHYSICAL aspects of anger and other intense emotions: what is happening in the brain, the “fight or flight” response, and how to control it.  We will examine the triggers of our anger and how to physically manage those symptoms into something we can handle.

Session 2 (June 18, 2012): In this session, we will learn to identify the MENTAL patterns we use to either fuel ourselves into anger or talk ourselves into empathy.  We will learn to transform judgments into observations and identify the underlying needs that are really behind our anger.

Session 3 (June 25, 2012): In the final session, we will bring together all the skills we have learned so we can begin a new path of expressing our anger in healthier ways.   Participants will learn communication tools for expressing their needs from a more NEEDS-Conscious approach.


This program is open to the general public and is handicap accessible.  The cost of this program is just $25.00 per session ($75.00 for the series.) Payment for the series must be received in full prior to the first session.  Payment arrangements or tuition reduction applications available by request.   Each session is 2-hours and will be held on three consecutive Monday nights.

About the Presenter: Joe Brummer is an experienced trainer and mediator, and the Associate Executive Director of Community Mediation, Inc. Joe has presented workshops in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Pennsylvania. He has presented at Southern Connecticut State University, the University of New Haven, Quinnipiac University, and a number of national health education conferences. He has clocked hundreds of hours at the mediation table facilitating in a wide variety of areas, including workplace disputes, landlord/tenant conflicts, neighborhood disputes, civil law suits, and victim-offender mediation. He also serves on the Board for the National Association for Community Mediation.  Joe was trained as a mediator at the Community Mediation Center of RI and served on their Juvenile Restorative Justice Advisory Board.  He was trained at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence where he worked with at-risk youth to teach nonviolence and peace-making.   He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Community Mediation.

*This program has not been submitted for review by the courts and may or may not meet the requirement of any court-mandated classes.