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Mad as Hell
DVD Video
$199.99 USD
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Product Details
DVD Video - 4+ hours
Multi-disc DVD recording with electronic manual and instructions.
5/18/2018 - Available Now for Pre-Order
CE Available:
Yes, See CE credit tab for complete continuing education details
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  1. Engage reluctant and treatment-resistant clients with in-session mindfulness-based strategies.
  2. Manage responses to dysfunctional thoughts and judgmental beliefs with ACT skills that effectively intervene in these processes.
  3. Reduce the body’s anger response with mindfulness training and diaphragmatic breathing techniques that diminish the body’s fight-or-flight response.
  4. Teach clients how to communicate anger constructively with assertiveness techniques that increase their emotional vocabulary and enable them to handle conflict without aggression.
  5. Conduct a cost-benefit analysis intervention with clients to demonstrate the impact of “old anger” on their lives, and give them the tools to move past it with acceptance.
  6. Employ clinical strategies that help avoid automatic defensiveness in clients and allow you to work safely with aggressive personalities.
What We Resist, Persists: Why Fighting/Hiding Our Anger Doesn’t Work
  • The fight-flight-freeze response of anger
  • Understand the contextual role of anger through ACT
  • The cost of avoidance
  • Target populations
    • Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Antisocial Personality Disorder, Depression, Substance Abuse, Trauma
  • Mindful engagement techniques for resistant clients
Address Maladaptive Anger Reactions Before They Start: Reframe Dysfunctional Thoughts with ACT
  • Triggers – Identification and strategy selection
  • Experiential exercise: Values clarification
  • Cognitive defusion from judgmental thoughts
  • Intervene in unwanted thoughts and self-judgment
  • Values-guided behavior choices while in the grip of anger
Handle Destructive Anger Expressions in the Moment: Skills that Tame the Anger Response
  • Mindfully monitor indicators of anger
    • Emotional
    • Physiological
  • Mindfulness techniques to reduce the anger response
    • Reset with breath
    • Guided imagery
    • Carry out goals in the midst of anger
  • Disengagement strategies
Facilitate Forgiveness with Acceptance: Therapeutic Strategies That Address Old Anger
  • 3 reasons why forgiveness (and self-forgiveness) is never easy
  • Prerequisites to letting go of the past
  • Conduct a cost-benefit analysis intervention
  • Experiential exercise: Letting go of the past
Teach Clients to Communicate Anger Constructively and Without Aggression
  • Communicate anger effectively with “I” statements
  • The active role of acceptance in the midst of anger
  • Experiential exercise: Living with vs. Living in anger
  • Mindfully respond to anger in interpersonal relationships
Handle Difficult (and Angry) Clients in the Clinical Setting
  • Respond contextually to avoid automatic defensiveness
  • Modeling flexibility and acceptance
  • In-session strategies that keep you safe
  • Experiential exercise: Seeing your clients through their eyes


David C. Brillhart, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist specializing in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). His success using ACT in helping let go of their struggle with anger spans a wide range of individuals and couples, as well as those in forensic and correctional settings. His book chapter on ACT was recently published in Individual Psychological Therapies in Forensic Settings (Davies & Nagi, Eds., 2017).

Dr. Brillhart has considerable forensic clinical experience using ACT with high-risk, special needs, and serious persistent mental illness sexual offenders. His research in this area was presented at several national and international conferences including: The 2009 Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA); the 2010 American Psychological Association (APA); the 2010 Mental Health in Corrections Conference (MHCC); and the 2012, 2013, 2014 ACBS Annual World Conferences, and the 2015 SE ACBS Chapter Conference where he premiered his ACT Behind Bars Forensic and Corrections-based workshop trainings. He has presented and lectured audiences on the use of ACT with these most challenging populations.

Working with difficult-to-treat forensic and correctional clients, and individuals with chronic emotional and physical pain, has afforded Dr. Brillhart the opportunity to hone his therapeutic skills. As an interactive and solution-focused psychologist, Dr. Brillhart offers highly personalized support and practical feedback to help clients effectively navigate life challenges. By integrating ACT and EMDR, Dr. Brillhart infuses compassion and understanding to work with each client’s ability to build on their strengths and navigate personal growth amidst life’s “roadblocks.”

Dr. Brillhart earned his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology with Forensic Specialization from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: David Brillhart is in private practice. He is the clinical supervisor at Mid-Valley Pain Clinic. Dr. Brillhart receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: David Brillhart is a member of the American Psychological Association; Oregon Psychological Association; Association for Contextual Behavioral Science; and EMDR International Association.
Continuing Education Credits

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CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements.

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors, Case Managers, Therapists, Nurses, Other Mental Health Professionals