Full Course Description

Child and Adolescent Anger Management Certification Course: Fast Acting Strategies to Prevent and Overcome Oppositional and Aggressive Behavior

Today’s children and teens feel overwhelmed, time crunched and stressed out by social media, screen time, and an uncertain and often frightening world. These stressors can lead to frustration and the very natural emotion of anger.

But anger can quickly turn into disrespect, aggression, defiance, and outbursts when young people are unable to cope; sabotaging school performance, peer relationships, and family functioning.

Whether you’re a therapist, educator, counselor, social worker or any professional who works with children and adolescents, it’s essential for you to be properly equipped to work with angry, oppositional and aggressive behavior.

Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein is a licensed psychologist and best-selling author who has worked with over two thousand angry and defiant children and their families over the last 32 years.  Dr. Bernstein has appeared on the Today Show and is the author of several publications on anger and defiance.

Watch him in this Online Certification Training as he gives you the high-impact skills, reliable tools and proven strategies you need to help children and teens with anger issues manage this overpowering emotion. Dr. Jeff will give you detailed step-by-step guidance and walk you through specific real-life scenarios related to family, school and peer relationships so you can:

  • End power struggles at home and school
  • Reduce and prevent angry outbursts, aggression and violence
  • Get teens to think and reflect before reacting
  • Cultivate emotional intelligence, communication and problem-solving skills
  • Help kids trust and value adults
  • Offer healthier alternatives to angrily shutting down or lashing out

Best of all, you can become a Certified Specialist in Child and Adolescent Anger Management (CSAM-CA) upon completion of this course – letting families,schools, agencies or your employer know that you’ve taken the time and effort to effectively work with angry, oppositional and aggressive behavior.  Visit www.evergreencertifications.com/csamca for professional requirements.

*We partner with Evergreen Certifications to include certification with some of our products. When you purchase such a product we may disclose your information to Evergreen Certifications for purposes of providing services directly to you or to contact you regarding relevant offers.

Sign up today, add valuable skills and credentials to your resume, and make a difference in the lives of children and teens!

Program Information


  1. Investigate the neurobiology of anger and identify brain regions involved in processing anger. 
  2. Analyze the internal and societal parts of the anger cycle and communicate how this impacts counseling in children and teens.  
  3. Support how underlying emotions and coexisting conditions play a role in manifesting anger in children and adolescents.  
  4. Determine how children and teens can be taught to identify anger triggers so they can choose appropriate response strategies. 
  5. Evaluate the role of anger as a secondary emotion to fear, guilt, resentment & shame. 
  6. Evaluate connections between anger, learning differences, ADHD, and ODD.  
  7. Employ mindfulness and diaphragmatic breathing techniques that diminish the body’s anger and fight-or-flight responses. 
  8. Utilize CBT and positive psychology-based strategies to engage both willing and treatment-resistant clients. 
  9. Assess how assertiveness techniques can be taught to help to children and adolescents communicate anger more constructively.   
  10. Build children’s and teens’ emotional vocabulary to help them handle conflict without aggression. 
  11. Apply office-based and online child and teen anger management strategies for challenges at school, and with peers, body image, and family concerns. 
  12. Employ methods to optimally facilitate parent, caregiver, and educator supports for transfer and maintenance of anger management skills to outside of clinical settings. 


Neuroscience-based Nuances of Anger in Children and Teens

  • How anger is experienced and processed differently in the child and teen brain
  • The fight-flight-freeze response and manifestation of anger in children and teens
  • The neuroscience of the body-mind cycle of anger
  • The threat response and perceived lack of emotional safety
Anger’s Connection to Learning Differences, ADHD, ODD, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and More
  • The obvious & nonobvious connection between learning differences, ADHD, and ODD
  • The mechanisms of anxiety underlying anger
  • The link of depression to anger
  • Role of trauma in suppressed and expressed anger OCD and anger
  • Addictions and anger
How to Create Emotional Safety to Engage Children and Teens About Sensitive Subjects
  • Anger, fear, guilt, resentment and shame
  • Successful anger management and awareness of underlying thoughts and emotions
  • Behaviors at school, peer struggles, body image concerns, and family stressors sparked by underlying negative thoughts and emotions
  • Why empathy uncovers and diffuses the underlying thoughts and feelings that drive anger
Myths About Anger and The Mistakes That Come with Them
  • The “measure up myth” and other societal pressures that drive underlying negative emotions
  • Why and how oppositional children and teens want to be equal to adults
  • How perceived violations of fairness become embedded rigid distortions
  • How positive emotions are incompatible with forming and holding on to anger
  • Self-reflection activity: What have you seen in angry children and teens?
Anger Triggers: Teaching Children and Teens to Tune into What Sets Them Off
  • Throwing spaghetti on non-talk kids’ refrigerators and seeing what sticks
  • Drawing out the short fuse and long fuse
  • Cooking up and digesting an anger triggers pizza
  • How to use anger logs and thermometers with children
  • Deescalate anger in specific circumstances
  • Transitioning off video games
  • Homework
  • Siblings
  • Hearing “no” from parents
Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques to Let Go of Anger in the Moment
  • Reset anger with belly breathing
  • Guided imagery to put children and teens in charge of anger
  • Squeezing the lemon and other progressive muscle relaxation techniques to maintain control
  • Body scan strategies to promote mindful awareness
  • Mindful walking with “silly strides” for younger children
Challenge the Dysfunctional Thoughts Behind Anger with Cognitive Approaches
  • CBT exercises to help the thinking brain identify, challenge, and reduce negative self-talk
  • Putting cognitive restructuring into easy-to-grasp and effective language
  • “Talk” and “non-talk” kids – how to get each type to buy into sharing angry thoughts
  • Finding acceptance and letting go with “whatever”
  • Distraction, the pink giraffe, and other disengagement strategies
Build Optimism, Gratitude, Grit and More with Positive Psychology Approaches to Managing Anger
  • Seeing strengths
  • Opening up to optimism
  • Grabbing some gratitude
  • Finding flow
  • Gathering hidden grit and gaining it for the future
  • Creating an anger success catch book
Assertiveness, Communication and Conflict Resolution Skill Building: Empowering Children and Teens to Problem-Solve Anger
  • Assertiveness training techniques
  • Communicate anger effectively with “I” statements
  • Putting “whatever” to work
  • Overcoming the “I Don’t Knows” that silently fuel anger
  • Mindful listening, speaking, and messaging
  • Social media influence inoculation strategies
  • Defuse anger with humor and other conflict resolution strategies
Coaching Parents and Caregivers to Avoid Being Adversarial by Becoming Collaborative
  • Looking out for negative labels
  • The Pace Car, Chunky Soup, and other metaphors that help teachers and parents
  • Why understanding struggling children and teens is just as important as respecting and loving them
  • The “Struggle With” Vs “Choose Not” dilemma regarding impulse control
  • Self-reflection exercise for participants to use with parents
Strategies for Online Anger Counseling and Educating
  • Belly breathing in the house
  • Expanding counseling role to teacher, puppeteer, entertainer, and comic
  • Using therapeutic card decks and online whiteboards for collaborative drawing and writing
  • Balancing parents and siblings popping into view
  • Apps, videos, and workbooks to promote home-based anger management
Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning
  • Case study reviews
  • Establish short-term and long-term goals to measure success
  • Strategies for working with groups
  • Self-harm and other harm considerations
  • Risks and limitations of anger management approaches for children and teens

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Teachers
  • School Guidance Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses
  • School Administrators
  • Educational Paraprofessionals
  • Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Other Helping Professionals that Work with Children

Copyright : 12/10/2020

Anxiety, ADHD and Anger in the Classroom: 60 Activity-Based Coping Skills to Effectively Manage “Big Feelings”

Managing the emotional climate of your classroom is crucial to learning. When children are struggling to manage anxiety, ADHD and anger, they can’t focus on the academic tasks expected of them in a classroom setting. By teaching kids simple, healthy and safe ways to express their emotions and calm their bodies, they will be better able to concentrate on their work during the school day. The positive impact healthy coping skills will have on a child’s academic performance is truly transformational.

In this seminar, we’ll learn how coping skills impact a student’s nervous system, and how to use that knowledge to help kids calm their bodies and get ready to learn. Watch coping skills expert and experienced school counselor Janine Halloran, LMHC as she shows you coping skills and techniques ideal for a classroom.

Walk away with a coping skills toolbox:

  • Deep breathing printables
  • Check in sheets
  • ”Anxiety thermometer”
  • Relaxation exercises
  • ”What’s your play personality?”
  • And many more

Be prepared for experiential learning and movement as we try different coping skills like grounding techniques, breathing exercises, and big body movements throughout the day.

Program Information


  1. Develop strategies for teaching kids coping skills that positively impact academic performance and their ability to maintain relationships.
  2. Analyze how the nervous system response of “fight, flight or freeze” is connected to stress and communicate how coping skills can be used to shift kids to a more tranquil “rest and digest” response.
  3. Execute a classroom routine that allows for breaks to benefit both hypo-arousal and hyper-arousal in kids with ADHD.
  4. Utilize mindfulness and grounding techniques that can be used to help children manage their symptoms of anxiety.
  5. Employ methods to determine the source of stress and create a plan to eliminate shutting down or acting out.
  6. Utilize specific movement-based strategies that can effectively intervene in kids’ anger responses.


Coping Skills Overview

  • The autonomic nervous system & coping skills
  • 4 types of coping skills—
    • calming
    • distraction
    • physical
    • processing
  • Coping skills checklist to identify current skills and strengths
  • The Importance of preventative interventions
  • 3 prong approach to supporting children’s social/emotional needs
Deep Breathing - Beyond “Taking a Deep Breath”
  • Props —
    • pinwheels
    • bubbles
    • stuffed animals
    • Hoberman sphere
  • Words —
    • to encourage deep breath
    • “smell the soup
    • cool down the soup”
  • Shapes —
    • star breathing
    • lazy 8 breathing
    • square breathing
    • triangle breathing
  • Your Body —
    • your hand
    • whole body movement
Coping Skills for Anxiety/Stress
  • Mindfulness Practice—
    • One mindful minute
    • Spiderman mindfulness
    • Audio and visual mindfulness scripts
  • Grounding Techniques—
    • 54321 grounding
    • Alphabet grounding
  • Identifying and Taming Anxiety—
    • Take-home worksheets to help identify anxiety
    • Thermometer for anxiety worksheet
    • “Sources of stress” worksheet
Coping Skills for ADHD
  • Movement Breaks
    • wall push-ups
    • yoga
    • music and movement
  • Sensory Ideas
    • proper fidget use
    • calming jars
    • using senses (tactile, hearing, visual, auditory, etc...)
  • The Importance of Play
    • recess
    • clubs/after-school
    • open-ended play ideas
Coping Skills for Anger/Frustration
  • Small physical movement activities to manage frustration—
    • squeezing play dough
    • scribble drawing
    • bubble wrap
    • ripping paper
  • Big physical movement activities to manage anger—
    • jumping jacks
    • running
    • obstacle courses
    • yoga
  • Processing anger—
    • comic strip processing
    • what I can control vs. what I can’t control worksheet

Practical Implementation Ideas for the Classroom or Office

  • Make a coping skills toolkit for your room—
    • fidgets
    • coping skills cue cards
    • other visuals
  • Distraction coping skills—
    • word searches
    • hidden pictures
  • Creating a calm down spot/calm down room—
    • identify a good spot create an area that
    • is peaceful and relaxing
    • coping skills toolkit
  • Practice your own coping skills—
    • mindfulness and self-care worksheet

Target Audience

  • Educators
  • Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 11/12/2021

Coping Skills for Kids and Tweens: How to Manage Big Feelings in an Uncertain Time and Beyond

School as we know it looks unlike anything we ever could have imagined.

As we return to educating our children (whether in school or remotely) the question on everyone’s mind -- how do we offer our students the support they need, no matter where they are?

Kids will be struggling to manage their anxiety, stress, and anger they feel in safe and healthy ways.  So how do we help them manage the emotional climate that is so crucial to connecting and learning!

Join Janine Halloran, author of best-selling “Coping Skills for Kids Workbook” to show kids simple, healthy, and safe ways to identify and express their emotions and calm their bodies. By discovering coping skills, they’ll be better able to focus on their work during school time and spend time connecting with their families when schoolwork is done.

The positive impact safe and healthy coping skills will have on a child will be truly transformational! Purchase today!

Program Information


  1. Determine how the pandemic has impacted students socially and emotionally and integrate strategies for better focus.
  2. Apply coping skills for kids to try either at home or school to implement safe ways to express anger.
  3. Develop students' relaxation and coping skills to manage anxiety.


Anxiety, Stress, and Anger in a Pandemic

  • Explore how the pandemic has impacted the social and emotional lives of our children
  • Why Social Emotional Learning is important now more than ever
  • How our needs and windows of tolerance have changed

Coping Skills for Anxiety

  • Deep Breathing Ideas
  • Mindfulness Strategies
  • Relaxation/Calming Activities for Kids 
Coping Skills for Stress
  • Scheduling to reduce stress
  • The importance of play and downtime
  • Using your senses to manage stress

Coping Skills for Anger/Frustration

  • Understand that anger is often just the tip of the iceberg - a lot of feelings hide beneath 
  • Safe ways to express anger with movement
  • Setting up individual calm down kits for kids

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Nurses
  • School Guidance Counselors
  • School Social Workers
  • School Psychologists
  • School Administrators
  • Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • School-based Clinicians
  • Educational Paraprofessionals
  • Other Helping Professionals that work with children

Copyright : 08/05/2020