Healing The Angry Brain: Changing The Brain & Behaviours Of Angry, Aggressive, Raging & Domestically Violent Clients

Healing The Angry Brain: Changing The Brain & Behaviours Of Angry, Aggressive, Raging & Domestically Violent Clients

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International anger expert Dr. Ron Potter-Efron will have your clinical toolbox overflowing with proven anger strategies for long-term change of aggressive, raging and violent behaviours. In this brand new workshop, Dr. Potter – Efron will bring together neuroscience and a powerful range of anger treatment plans to change the brains and behaviours of your most challenging clients.


This workshop is full of proven techniques, skill building and treatment interventions for your clients who:

  • Get angry at a moment’s notice
  • Have trouble thinking or planning because their anger is so strong
  • Act impulsively on anger
  • Have difficulty listening
  • Hold on to anger until overloaded with resentment
  • Fly into dangerous rages
  • Develop a world view in which most or all people are perceived as enemies


You will bring back to your practice actionable forms and worksheets for clients to create their own personal treatment plans. Dr. Potter- Efron will guide you through development and implementation of these proven tools, rooted in Dr. Potter-Efron’s 30 plus years of counselling experience and success.


This workshop will present an approach to helping clients design their own step-by-step brain change plans to help them retrain their brains to be less volatile, reduce “blame” triggers, and reframe relationships. You’ll learn first how to help clients understand the distorted workings and primitive nature of the angry brain. Next you’ll learn how to help them recognise and avoid triggers, while at the same time committing themselves to behaviour change plans. We’ll discuss how to motivate them and keep them accountable—not just via a personal journal and weekly reports to a group, but also by making this new behaviour “their” plan. By the end of the session, you’ll have a complete strategy for helping these clients own their behaviour and learn how to better manage their angry brains.

  • Apply effective methods to help angry clients commit to and implement neuroplastic change in their brains
  • Develop personalised treatment plans to guide change in angry, aggressive and violent clients
  • Resolve deeper therapeutic issues such as attachment failure and trauma by linking anger, violence and acts of domestic abuse
  • Discuss correlations between anger/aggression and substance abuse
  • Differentiate predatory from defensive anger/aggression
  • Improve empathy skills by examining how the empathy process involves both unconscious and conscious brain processes
  • Acquire skills on how to communicate with angry clients, including critically important information about how the brain develops and maintains a bias toward anger

Ronald Potter-Efron, Ph.D., CADCIII, LICSW, is a clinical psychotherapist, Director of the Anger Management Program at First Things First Counselling and Consulting Centre in Altoona, WI, and a internationally recognised anger expert. He has more than 30 years of clinical experience and in his private practice, he specialises in the treatment of individuals with severe aggression and domestic violence concerns. Dr. Potter- Efron is also author of 15 books, including Handbook of Anger Management (for professional readers); Angry All the Time; Letting Go of Anger and Letting Go of Shame (both with Patricia Potter-Efron), and his newest release Healing The Angry Brain (New Harbinger, 2012), a self-help book intended for chronically angry and aggressive persons.


Dr. Potter-Efron is also Diplomate of the National Anger Management Association. Dr. Potter-Efron currently facilitates a 50 session domestic violence prevention program that utilises the principles of neuroplastic change (long-term potentiation) to help clients devise and implement individualized brain-based behavioural change plans. He has trained thousands in professional seminars internationally. He is known for his ability to make difficult material easier to understand and utilise, as well as for his good sense of humour and practical orientation toward therapeutic change.

This online workshop will give you instant access to 5 hours of video content, accessible via streaming on our website, as well as downloadable supporting materials. You can view the course content in your own time, there is no time limit on access.


A certificate of completion will be generated upon finishing the course and completing a short evaluation quiz. Please consult your professional organisation/association to confirm whether you are able to claim any CPD points/hours for this online workshop.