Alternatives to Anger helps teens, adults, parents and caregivers understand and manage anger and stress, and develop the communication and problem solving skills needed for healthy relationships.

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Discover strategies to help you deal with stress and anger at home and at work

How individuals handle their anger and stress affects a radius of people around them. 

The goal of RELAX: Alternatives to Anger is to help young people, parents and caregivers foster healthy relationships so they can live, learn and grow in a safe, affirming and fair environment free from violence, abuse, bullying and harassment. Youth, parents and caregivers will learn to better manage their anger and stress at home and in the workplace.

Through presentations, group discussion and skill-building activities, participants will learn what anger is, what triggers anger, calming down and de-stressing methods, the principles of problem solving, effective communication skills and forgiving and letting go of the past. This multi-session program can be provided in a variety of community educational settings. The RELAX: Alternatives to Anger series is also available online.

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  • Oct 10

    National Diabetes Prevention Program--Kent County

    October 10, 2018 - September 25, 2019 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Michigan State University, 775 Ball Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    This course is designed for people who are at-risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The focus is on lifestyle changes that promote slow, steady weight loss.

  • Mar 4

    RELAX: Alternatives to Anger Schoolcraft Winter Series

    March 4, 2019 - April 1, 2019 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. 100 N. Cedar Street Manistique, MI 49854

    Alternatives to Anger is a four-part educational series designed to help adults, parents and caregivers increase their knowledge about anger issues and put anger management and healthy relationship skills into practice.

  • Mar 5

    The Parent Talk System

    March 5, 2019 - April 16, 2019 Livingston Educational Services Agency, 1425 W Grand River Ave, Howell, MI 48843

    This 6 week parenting class explores the language we use with our children with the goal of increasing the number of workable responses parents have to use with their children.

  • Mar 14

    Money Management - Greenville

    March 14, 2019 - March 28, 2019 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Randy's House 407 S. Nelson Greenville, MI 48838

    This three-session course is offered in-person with engaging activities and discussions on financial goals, spending plans, savings, credit and debt management.

  • Mar 18

    Stress Less with Mindfulness - Cass City

    March 18, 2019 - April 15, 2019 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. 4415 Seeger Street Cass City, MI 48726

    A 5-week introduction to the practices of mindfulness to reduce stress. Participants will learn perspectives and practices on how to manage the stress in their lives.

Not seeing an upcoming class in your area? Contact us at your county MSU Extension office for more information about this program in your area.

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