The anger management class
Posted July 17, 2007on:
All anger management classes are not made equal. In every city there are those free and cheap classes available to the consumer. This approach may be less expensive but what is the consumer really getting. Are these programs credible?
Inappropriate anger is a very complex problem that should not be taken lightly. Any effective anger management program must have an assessment component. Why? Simply because all anger is not created equal and neither are the forces that drive the anger. Some individuals are implosive, some have stress management problems, some need more work learning to communicate their needs effectively, some lack assertiveness skills, some lack empathy and some need to learn simple skills to improve emotional intelligence.
It is of vital importance that all individual entering an anger management program receive an assessment to determine the real area of need in managing anger. Information from the assessment can then be used to help that individual reinforce the areas in which they are weakest. Programs that have no assessment in my mind should be avoided. Handouts, lecture and simply practicing skills without a context or a plan of action do not reflect best practices in any psycho-educational program.
Ideally with the assessment in hand the class should focus on four areas-anger management, stress management, emotional intelligence and communication skills. The client who is weak in any of these areas will then have to pay special attention to practicing the areas of their greatest concern. Overtime there will be improvement and with the feedback of the instructor and others in a group the client will grow in anger management.
Anger can have a high cost therefore it is important that as one considers carefully where to go for anger management services. Attending free or loosely designed programs may appear appealing, however the consumer must consider carefully the content, structure and credibility of the program. The Anderson and Anderson model is an anger management model that offers the highest level of credibility, versatility and ease of use. Therefore the consumer can know that they when they choose any of the nationwide network of providers at www. www.anger-management-resources.org they will be in good hands.
Carlos Todd, LPC, NCC, CAMF
President of the American Association of Anger Management Providers
Carlos Todd is the owner of Todd’s Anger Management Solutions in Charlotte, NC