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Lesson – Driver Aggression & Road Rage: Causes and Clinical Interventions

We’ve all been cut off in traffic or caught behind a slow driver at the wrong time. Why do we feel “rage” when this happens? How can we help ourselves and our clients manage driving rage or aggression? As more people take the to the roadways post-pandemic, streets become more crowded, and societal stressors mount, we are seeing more instances of road rage and driver aggression hit the news, many of these interactions fatal or catastrophic. Finally, a CE training to highlight the phenomenon!

Aggressive driving and road rage are concerning behaviors that have significant societal implications. Intended for professionals, this training will examine the causes, triggering events, consequences, and common forms of aggressive driving behaviors and road rage. A section of this training will also examine screening and intervention options appropriate for persons who engage in these behaviors. Other topics discussed in this training will include alexithymia, anger management problems, attachment patterns, conflict resolution problems, emotional intelligence, empathy, executive dysfunction, fatigue, hostility, impatience, impulse control issues, irritability, lower emotionality, mentalization, metacognition, mindful attention, paranoia, personality disorders, perspective taking, psychological distress, rumination, self-efficacy, self-regulation deficits, sensation-seeking, sleep disturbances, and substance misuse to name a few. Empirically-based research findings and case study examples will be highlighted throughout this training.

 

Objectives:

This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Demonstrate understanding of the neurobiopsychosocial factors and personality traits that contribute to aggressive driving behaviors and road rage.

b). State environmental factors that might trigger aggressive driving behaviors and road rage. 

c). Define related terms, such as problematic driving behaviors, driver aggression, risky driving behaviors, and driver-related stress. 

d). Learn and understand the consequences associated with aggressive driving behaviors and road rage. 

e). Describe the victim-offender profiles and interactional patterns typical of road rage and driver aggression. 

f). Learn and practice screening and intervention approaches. 

g). Learn and understand empirically-based research findings pertaining to these topics.

 

Target Audience:

Mental health counselors, psychologists, social workers, drug and alcohol counselors, marriage and family therapists, telehealth treatment professionals, and other clinical mental health professionals.

 

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA, MS, MS, MS

Material Author(s): Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA, MS, MS, MS

Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA, MS, MS, MS is an Assistant Professor for Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota and is the lead developer and program director for the Master of Arts degree in Human Services with an Emphasis in Forensic Behavioral Health. Jerrod has also been employed with Pathways Counseling Center in St. Paul, Minnesota for the past seventeen years. Pathways provides programs and services benefiting individuals impacted by mental illness and addictions. Jerrod is also the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS) and the Editor-in-Chief of Forensic Scholars Today (FST). Jerrod has completed four separate master’s degree programs and holds graduate certificates in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Other Health Disabilities (OHD), and Traumatic-Brain Injuries (TBI). Jerrod is also certified as a Youth Firesetting Prevention/Intervention Specialist, an Anger Resolution Therapist (CART), Thinking for a Change (T4C) Facilitator, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Trainer, an Autism Specialist, Digestive Health Specialist, Gut Health Specialist, Stress and Mindset Coach, Sleep Science Coach, Sex Crimes & Relational Paraphilic Attachments (RPA), Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP), and a Problem Gambling treatment provider in the state of Minnesota. In addition to the certifications mentioned above, Jerrod also holds a micro-credential as an Executive Functions Consultant (EFC) and has completed the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Suicide Alertness for Everyone (safeTALK), and the Mental Health First Aid USA certification training courses. Jerrod has published numerous articles and book chapters, and recently co-edited the book Forensic Mental Health: A Source Guide for Professionals (Brown & Weinkauf, 2018) with Erv Weinkauf. Email: Jerrod01234Brown@live.com

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