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Tempering anger with Family Advocacy class

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

A kettle sits on a stove top. Wisps of steam slowly escape the spout, producing a low-pitched hiss. Suddenly, steam starts billowing out and all that can be heard is a whistle as the water in the kettle has reached a boiling point.

Feeling this way because of anger may be a sign that it needs to be addressed before it can affect an Airman’s career. Luckily, the Family Advocacy Center on base is available to help.

“Anger Management is not a place of judgement,” said Lillie Tarver, 19th Medical Operations Squadron family advocacy outreach manager. “I want people to realize that the class is a place of education and self-exploration.”

A common misconception is that the class is meant for people who have already gotten in trouble. The true purpose of the class is to educate people about their anger and how to manage it properly before it becomes a problem.

The classes, offered to Team Little Rock members are held quarterly in two lessons. The classes are held a week apart to allow students time to use the knowledge and tools they were given in the first session.

“It’s about understanding your emotions and being able to make more value driven decisions,” said Staff Sgt. Leah Chhoeun, 19th MDOS alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment non-commissioned officer in charge. “It’s about being able to get a lot out of it and apply it.”

The classes are taught in a group setting to educate students on how to determine what their specific prompts are, as well as figuring out how to properly deal with and direct their anger.

“I really enjoy watching the participants have these ‘moments of truth’ when learning to deal with their anger,” Tarver said. “Seeing them realize what triggers their anger and how it affects other people helps them learn more effectively.”

For more information or to sign-up for a class, call (501) 987-7377.