A Multidisciplinary Approach to Teaching Anger Coping After Sustaining a Traumatic Brain Injury: A Case Report


  • Elizabeth Gongora
  • Alexis McKenney
  • Caoline Godinez


Anger, Coping, Therapeutic Recreation, Traumatic Brain Injury


This case report describes an anger coping program that was used with an individual who sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of an automobile accident. A certified therapeutic recreation specialist and a neuro-psychologist implemented the program to teach coping skills as part of the client's treatment in an outpatient brain injury program. Skills taught throughout the program included: (a) identifying anger, (b) reacting to anger, (c) recognizing the boiling point, (d) coping with stress and anger, (e) discussing assertive reactions, (f) modeling assertive behavior, (g) role-playing assertive behavior, and (h) processing feelings. A review of the program indicated that the participant demonstrated an improved ability to cope with, and respond to, anger as a result of participating in the anger coping program.





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