Managers’ views of the effects on their service of hosting a cognitive-behavioural anger management group

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  • Nicola Rose
  • Aimee Stimpson
  • Pamela MacMahon
  • Jahodah, Andrew
  • Julia Townson
  • David Felce
  • Kerenza Hood
  • Paul Willner

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • Dementia and Psychological Services
  • Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Ridge Hill Centre
  • Directorate of Learning Disability Services Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board Bridgend UK
  • Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
  • Institute of Health and Wellbeing
  • College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences
  • University of Glasgow
  • South East Wales Trials Unit
  • Institute of Translation Innovation, Methodology and Engagement
  • Cardiff University
  • Institute for Translation
  • Methodology and Engagement (TIME)
  • Institute of Primary Care and Public Health
  • Department of Primary Care and Public Health
  • Psychological Medicine and Neurology
  • School of Medicine
  • Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities
  • Department of Psychology, Technische Universität Dresden, 01069 Dresden, Germany.
  • College of Human and Health Sciences
  • Swansea University


– The purpose of this paper is to investigate how service managers perceive their service prior to, and following the delivery of a cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) anger management group for individuals with an intellectual disability.

– Telephone interviews were conducted with seven service managers, before and after a CBT group intervention. The interviews were recorded, transcribed and analysed using thematic analysis to identify common and/or contrasting themes.

– Before the intervention took place managers observed a lack of consistency in how their staff dealt with challenging incidents and the serious consequences these incidents had for service users as well as staff. They spoke about the importance of multi-disciplinary working and good quality staff selection, support and training. After the group intervention managers commented on a positive “spilling-out effect” whereby the whole organisation was influenced by the intervention, a greater willingness on the part of service users to talk about their problems, and an increased confidence in the staff members who had co-facilitated the group work.

Research limitations/implications
– The implications of the themes raised are discussed and recommendations for further research are suggested.

– This research provides a unique contribution of managers’ views and insight into how hosting a CBT group intervention impacted on their wider services.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-29
Number of pages11
JournalAdvances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015