Iraqi War Veterans Need Anger Management
Posted May 15, 2007on:
Iraqi War Veterans Need
I want to draw to the attention of every member of the American Association of AmericanProviders and those who seek anger management facilitator certification an issue of high importance. The problem of inappropriate anger pervades American society; however there is a special group of people I believe that anger management providers nationwide should pay special attention to—the returning Iraqi war veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs has published the Iraqi War Clinician’s Guide. This guide is available on the internet. I recommend that every anger management provider read chapter 10 entitled-Assessment and Treatment of Anger in combat related PTSD.
The treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is within the domain of licensed mental health professionals. However, as first responders in anger management collaborating with theses professionals is within the scope of practice of the Certified The guide described recommended interventions that may be appropriate for managing anger problems in the Iraqi veteran.Facilitators. This fact was further revealed in the clinician guide I referred to earlier.
It was no surprise that the two fundamental pillars of interventions recommended were stress management and communication skills. These pillars are also part of the foundation of the globally accepted Anderson and Anderson model which maintains that effective anger management involves teaching not only anger management but communication skills, emotional intelligence and stress management. All providers who are trained in the world renowned Anderson and Anderson model are therefore uniquely positioned to be of service to there country in assisting their fellow citizen solders.
As President of the American Association ofProviders, I urge all providers to recognize that your training places you among the most highly trained individuals globally in anger management. Therefore, for those of you who live in states where there are high concentrations of Iraqi vetetans, I encourage you to increase your visibility and collaborate with licensed mental health clinicians in your community to provide a much needed service to the Veterans of this war. Carry on the message that those trained in the Anderson and Anderson model are uniquely positioned to collaborate with licensed mental health professionals to intervene on the behalf of those who have fought for our country.
To find a certified anger management provider in your area visit http://www.anger-management-resources.org.
Carlos Todd, LPC,NCC,CAMF
President of the American Association ofProviders