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Tough Choices

 TOUGH CHOICES®
  beyond Anger Management 

Anger Management,
Character Education,
Self Esteem,
and Empowerment Life Skills

A SIMPLE to USE Video/DVD driven Training Curriculum

 


AT LAST!
 

             An easy-to-use, video/ DVD driven,

Anger Management,Character Education &

Self-Esteem, Emotional Management Program

all in ONE Kit

      Address the components other Anger Management programs miss:
                1. Create a Desire to Change
                2. HEAL the ROOT CAUSES of mismanaged Anger   (Root Cause: the constant negative self-talk like "I'm not good enough" or "I don't count") before teaching the anger management sequence.
 

  HOW DOES TOUGH CHOICES  DO THIS?



CELEBRITIES, Real People      (ex-gang members, all racial and social classes)
DONATE THEIR INSIGHTS AND TALENTS.
People like "Headliner" co-founder of the Grammy Award-Winning Rap Group Arrested Development, Orion from Stressfree Records
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    "Headliner and Orion"
 
A WAKE-UP CALL IN A KIT! - A fatal accident forces life changing insights! The cast members have a fatal car accident, end up in a holding place where the only ticket out is an honest look inside and a commitment to change! Students experience a life changing journey along with the cast members through the use of video, DVD lessons and intense awareness & forgiveness activities before the new life skills are taught.
BROADCAST QUALITY VIDEOS - Award-Winning, MTV style video lessons with a breathtaking plot! (Complimented by 150 ready-to-use activities)       The cast brings a genuine message that even the most cynical students will identify with. We used real people with authentic problems. We uncover and then heal destructive automatic self-talk and dysfuntional emotional coping styles that keep all of us from making LIFE WORK.
SHOCKING INTERVIEWS with Real Teens, ex-gang members, ex-convicts, upper class teens, celebrities....all who have survived TOUGH life CHOICES which challenged them to transcend the limits of their experience.
150 Self Esteem, Anger Management & Life Skills Activities and worksheets that accompany the video lessons. KEY PROCESS: Only after we heal and empower self esteem do we teach the emotional/life management skills. Tools for maintaining, reinforcing and monitoring this ongoing process are included in 200 page manual (All reproducible activities)
 

    IS THIS RIGHT FOR YOUR GROUP?

Because we have included a cross section of ages, ethnicities, income levels, mainstream, alternative & juvenile justice settings, the following settings are giving us great recommendations:
Mainstream and Specialized Settings   
Everyone needs this!
5th-12th grades and college.
Classes for: Character Education, Emotional Management, Anger Management, Behavior Disordered Students, Social Skills, Life Skills, After School Programs, Boys & Girls Clubs, Juvenile Justice, Alternative Schools, Special Education, etc.
ONE CURRICULUM KIT FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL                
Reproducible activity worksheets
An emotional, cognitive, behavioral curriculum with 150 easy video, DVD driven lessons that provide anger management and social skills training with easy-to-use lessons.

 

 

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Rationale and Research behind the unique

Tough Choices Emotional/ Anger Management Training Curriculum
 

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Rationale and Research for the need to address character education and anger (emotional) management training comprehensively, through the cognitive, behavioral and emotional components, namely: recognizing and restructuring negative automatic (often unconscious) personal dialog BEFORE delivering the cognitive behavioral training.

The following information and references were taken in part from the Prepare Curriculum, Arnold P. Goldstein 1988 chapter 5, anger control training, which is heavily research based (studies referenced are available upon request).

Recognizing negative self talk, correcting the distortions and actively choosing productive automatic self thoughts (referred to as covert self-verbalization) need to be a major component of any effective anger management program. Tough Choices is the only program to date that addresses this need comprehensively before training the participants in the necessary skill acquisition components (the Novaco three-stage sequence) which employs the practice of cues, triggers, reminders, and reducers. 

Available anger management programs to date have focused primarily on this skill acquisition sequence alone. The studies on generalizability with this method are weak and it has not proven to be effective with chronically angry or emotionally constricted subjects. 

Source: Coates, 1979; Urbain & Kendall 1981

Source for evidence on the efficacy of the three-stage sequence: 1) cognitive preparation, 2) skill acquisition and 3) application training sequence) Novaco, 1977, 1978

The following information supporting the need for curriculum time spent on negative self-talk is excerpted from the Prepare Curriculum, (Arnold P. Goldstein 1988 chapter 5, anger control training) which is heavily research based.

Anger arousal is a response to perceived environmental demands…external circumstances provoke anger only as mediated by their meaning to the individual. (Novaco, 1979, 252-253) Novaco's attempt to apply self-instructional training to the management of anger was based not only upon the general success of such training in altering self-regulatory processes, but also upon a separate series of studies consistently showing the marked influence (increases and decreases) of covert self-verbalization. He found that affectively loaded implicit self-statements increased both respiration rate and depth. Schwartz (1971), using similar procedures, found increased heart rate to result, and May and Johnson (1973) reported similar findings plus an effect of inner speech on skin conductance. Russell and Bandera (1974) also found such skin conductance changes.  These findings, viewed in the context of the work of Luria, Meichenbaum, and others, led Novaco (1975) to conclude that “a basic premise is that anger is fomented, maintained, and influenced by the self-statements that are made in provocation situations” (p. 17).

Author's note: Simply stated, after 20 years of implementing anger management and character education classes to diverse adolescent and adult populations I have found that the three-stage sequence for managing anger is effective (generalizable) with people who are dealing with HEALTHY anger. This sequence alone is not very effective for managing unhealthy, constricted or deep seated anger (which is why most students are referred to anger & behavior management classes). Only AFTER  the participants have done the difficult work of recognizing their negative thoughts, facing their fears, letting go of grudges, experiencing forgiveness, and really understanding all of the negative consequences of unhealthy anger, can we begin to use the cues, triggers, reminders etc. sequence.Students need to be clear thinking enough to decide that their angry behavior is change worthy before we can teach them how to manage their emotions and build character.

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Right Choices: Life Skills training video/DVD lessons and worksheets for social skills training, curriculums for troubled teens. Evidence based, teen youth education program, alternative education. Anti bullying, conflict resolution, violence prevention, after school programs, character education. Provide counseling techniques, group therapy classes, raise test scores and school climate with social emotional learning activities.

Tough Choices: Life Skills training video/DVD lessons and worksheets for youth, anger & emotional management curriculum classes for troubled teens. Evidence based, teen youth education program, techniques & strategies. Anti bullying, conflict resolution, violence prevention, after school programs, character education, Help parenting. Provide counseling or free group therapy to watch on DVD video classes.

Help Parenting for Teens: Help parenting teenagers - Provide free parenting classes for parents of troubled teens. DVD video assisted lessons worksheets for group therapy classes and education reduce conflicts. DVD video classes, worksheets, activities. Avoid teen trouble and raise self esteem. Offer to school districts, free watch at home.

All products have a 30 day money back guarantee.