003: A Guide for Counselors to Address a Client’s Rage at Any Age: Emotional Intelligence and the Development of Self-regulation
Anita Knight Kuhnley, Ph.D.
1000 Regent University Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
E. John Kuhnley, M.D.
1408 Sabbath Ln.
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Anger is a normal emotion that may serve a functional purpose. However, it may escalate to negative behavior. It may have a serious, negative impact on an individual’s emotional, social, relational, spiritual, physical, and medical function and his or her relationships. Rage is violent, uncontrolled anger that may lead to dire consequences. In psychiatric diagnosis, anger is not a diagnosis but a symptom noted in many conditions. Emotional Intelligence is a multi-dimensional construct that involves the perception of emotions and regulation of emotions, among other strengths. Counselors face the challenge of assisting individuals, couples, groups, and organizations in developing skills, including regulating emotions. Following an introduction that incorporates biblical foundations, John Kuhnley provides a psychiatric and neurological perspective on anger and rage, while Anita Knight Kuhnley offers strategies for harnessing the power of Emotional Intelligence in counseling, and particularly in emotional regulation.
• Assess individuals’ experience of anger and rage in the world of a child, adolescent, and adult, including psychiatric conditions
• Demonstrate skills in Emotional Intelligence, including self-regulation, and the licensed mental health professional or psychologist’s role in assisting clients in skill development
• Recognize the importance of a comprehensive life approach to helping individuals develop self-awareness and self-regulation