The top education official was at the time addressing participants at the second in a series of Anger Management Workshops, recently organized by the Ministry of Education.
Petty told the participants that anger is a natural human emotion and he explained that this has to be factored when seeking to deal with the issue of violence and anger in youths.
Mr. Petty said, “What matters is how persons are taught to deal with the anger they feel.”
“For some young people, their anger gets out of control and they find themselves in difficulties, especially at school. As a result, anger management groups have become more and more common in education. That is why we have been having anger management training for teachers, guidance counselors and other key personnel,” He added.
“We don’t just get angry. We first feel afraid. We feel attacked, disrespected, offended, forced, trapped and pressured. When these feelings are strong enough, we think of the emotion as anger. Successful work with young people in anger management therefore will involve helping them identify and deal with their primary emotion as well as with their anger,” said Petty.
Meanwhile, Course Facilitator, Jacinth Browne Taitt who supported the view expressed by
Mr. Petty, told participants that they would be required to first get in touch with their personal emotions before seeking to assist young people in managing theirs.
Ms. Taitt also referred to crisis anger which is the stage at which the young person becomes so angry that they get out of control. She revealed that at this point, “They say the pupil has popped. It is important that adults have the skills to bring them back under control and to help explore why they behave angrily.”
Funding for the workshop was provided by the OAS, whose representative Mr. Starrett Greene, praised the Ministry for taking the initiative to organize the training which he said would hopefully bring about positive and meaningful change and development in the society.