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Releasing My Rage
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Miguel Ayala describes his long struggle with anger. He grew up in a violent home where he was both emotionally and physically abused, and learned to take out his rage on others. Several programs have helped him improve, but he’s still struggling to get a firm grip on his emotions.

Prompts for discussion and/or writing:

--In what ways did Miguel’s mother abuse him? What do you think was the worst thing she did?

--Sometimes Miguel’s mother was very mean, but other times she was very loving. How do you think her inconsistent behavior affect Miguel?

--Miguel never unleashed his anger on his mother. How did this affect him, and where did his anger go instead?

--Miguel thinks he might have been better had he gone into foster care earlier and escaped the abuse in his house. Do you feel the same way about your situation? Why or why not?

--Miguel doesn’t tell his therapist all his secrets because he’s afraid of going into foster care. Have you ever held back the truth in talking to adults, because you were afraid of the consequences? Were you ever able to open up? Why or why not?

--Miguel still gets angry and doesn’t know what will help him control his emotions. What do you think Miguel needs in his life, to get in better control of his anger?

--What are examples of healthy ways for parents to express anger (and for children to express anger)?

Group activity: Youth can work in pairs or in small groups. Tell the groups they are in charge of designing a program that will help Miguel control his anger. The program can include individual therapy, family counseling, a peer support group, a mentoring program, or anything else the groups can think of. The groups should go into detail about how the therapy or counseling will work. Go around the room, list the suggestions on the board, and discuss.
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