Understanding Anger for Youth


It is normal to feel angry at times. But when is anger, irritability, and aggression unhealthy for a child? If they feel angry almost every day and it affects their daily life, then anger could be a problem. 

Low self-esteem, bullying, trauma, and divorce are some factors that can contribute to anger in teens. It’s not the anger itself that’s a problem, but the inability to deal with it effectively and constructively.

In this course, your child will learn self-awareness skills to take back control of their emotions.

Who can attend?

The class is for youth aged 13 – 17 experiencing anger issues and aggression. Parental consent is needed.

Parents do not attend this class.

What will you learn?

You will learn how to address anger as a normal, healthy emotion by understanding:

  • Effects of anger on the brain
  • What is anger and how to manage anger
  • Functions, symptoms, and signs of anger
  • Factors that contribute to anger in youth or teens (such as development, stress, lack of support, feeling misunderstood or not heard, trauma)
  • Communication strategies, including the following:
    •  “I” messages
    • Active listening
    • DESC communication strategy (describe, express, specify, consequences)

By the end of the session, you will feel more comfortable:

  • Advocating for myself
  • Controlling anger outbursts and using anger management techniques
  • Coping with anger in a healthy way
  • Practicing self-care

When and where is the class offered?

  • The class is available as a group workshop or a private class.
  • The group class is offered several times per year. Scroll down for upcoming dates.
  • You can attend this class online or in person at our office at 9912-106 Street, Edmonton.
  • In our group workshops, you will have many opportunities to ask questions, learn about yourself and your family, hear others’ experiences, and practice new skills. Many people who attend our workshops say they feel better after attending because they realize that they are not alone.
  • In a private class, you will receive the same amount of information as our group workshops, condensed into 3 hours with the facilitator. These are ideal for individuals or couples who want to get started sooner than the next group workshop, can’t attend the group workshops due to work schedules or other personal commitments, or simply prefer a more private setting.

How much does it cost?

Group workshop: $75 per person

Private session: $325

We are dedicated to supporting families of all income levels. If needed, you can apply for a subsidy by selecting “I require subsidy” in the registration form.

Subsidies are available for group workshops only.

Important note

Please complete the registration form with the parent/guardian information.

We will be in touch with you to complete the registration information for your youth, and provide you with a copy of the consent form.

If you have further questions about the registration process for this workshop please contact us at 780-497-7536


Register for In-Person Workshops

24 Aug

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