Archive for October 2007

Consider for a moment that we use terms like you must and you will, we become wall builders. We use language that can early cause a person to be defensive. When this happens the parties are no longer  interested in communicating truth but defending but themselves anything that can be said to defend the self will be—and I mean anything.. This is a very unhealthy interaction that can quickly escalate into aggression. To avoid being a wall builder learn to use statement like I see it this way how do you see it. The goal should always be to have an open and honest conversation. The question is do we want to be right or have our relationships.            

 Carlos Todd, LPC, NCC, CAMF

President of the American Association of Anger Management

ProvidersAnger Management/Executive Coaching of Charlotte, North Carolina  


We should be very careful to take a deeper look at long standing anger in our lives. Often this anger is only a symptom of some unmet emotional need. Seeing how to meet that emotional need is key to a long term resolution of chronic anger. Working with an anger management facilitator can help to bring a level of awareness an action to improve the quality of your life. Call Carlos Todd today  at 704-804-0841 for more info.

Carlos Todd, LPC, NCC, CAMF

President of the American Association of Anger Management Providers

Anger Management/Executive Coaching of Charlotte, North Carolina


Charlotte based Todd’s Anger Management continues to be the choice for the discerning consumer, sparking a quite but steady growth in the demands for this unique brand of anger management. There are those who seek the privacy, confidentiality and high quality service to work out there anger management challenges. For them Todd’s Anger Management is the choice.

Currently clients are either flying in or driving from hours away for the unique approach that Carlos Todd bring to the much misunderstood area of anger management.

The emerging trend is that some are choosing to be seen weekly, biweekly or even monthly to have a chance to engage an anger management coach on topics that are having a tremendous impact on their life. One client even commented that each time she leave she takes away one statement that is the driving force to motivate her to make more changes. To her every time she leaves she learns something new.

Our program is based on the globally acclaimed Anderson and Anderson model which teaches stress management, anger management, emotional intelligence and communication skills.

If you struggle with anger and are seeking a program that takes a comprehensive approach to anger management call you anger management coach today at 704-804-0841. Make change possible today.

Carlos Todd, LPC, NCC, CAMF

President of the American Association of Anger Management Providers

Anger Management/Executive Coaching of Charlotte, North Carolina

There is a hidden danger in listening to your self when you are angry. Remember your angry self talk is self serving. It is not concerned about others, all it wants is to protect itself. So for all intents and purposes you are right and the rest of the world is wrong. The danger is that angry self talk often cannot past the test of what is reality. Anger’s interest is not in being truthful, it is in being right. Therefore the next time you experienced anger self talk be very quick to tell yourself-I know that my thoughts are not very realistic right now so maybe I need to remove myself from this situation so that I can have some time to engage in more positive self talk.

Carlos Todd, LPC, NCC, CAMF

President of the American Association of Anger Management Providers

Anger Management/Executive Coaching of Charlotte, North Carolina



If one comes across a person who has been shot by an arrow, one does not spend time wondering where the arrow came from, or the caste of the individual who shot it, or analyzing what type of wood the shaft is made of, or the manner is which he arrowhead was fashioned. Rather, one should focus on immediately pulling out the arrow.

-Shayyammuni, the Buddha
It is a popular notion in some anger management programs to focus on identifying the “the triggers” that cause a person to behave angrily. It is common to observe participants of anger-management process groups explaining how someone “pushed my buttons”.
This notion takes away the responsibility of the angry perpetrators for his or her aggression and violence. We are responsible for our own behavior, regardless of the circumstances.
Rather than focusing on the cause of one’s anger, it is far more productive to learn to recognize the initial signs of irritation, frustration, discomfort or whatever other emotions precede your anger, labeling these feelings and developing tools to stop the anger from becoming destructive to you or someone else.
While assessments are useful in anger management intervention, rarely is it worthwhile to examine “triggers or buttons” which may lead to anger. Think of a Juke Box, if you push the button for a particular tune and something else plays, over time you will give up pushing that button because you do not hear the tune you expected. Similarly, if the person who is responding to the “triggers” ceases to respond, that issue is closed to resolution.
Anger management assessments should assess for anger, stress, communication and emotional intelligence. Skill enhancement in these four areas should be taught in all anger management classes.

George Anderson, MSW, BCD, CAMF, CEAPDiplomate, American Association of Anger Management Providers

Recently in California an entire highway was closed as the result of “road rage”. There are daily reports of airport rage, child abuse, spousal abuse, homicide and “dog fighting”. Person and property-directed aggression is not just the “rage” it is a public health epidemic nationwide.

Take a look at these stats:More than 2 million people are knifed, shot, or otherwise assaulted each year in the United States.Physical violence between spouses occurs in 1/3 of all households.Each year thousands of children are killed or hurt due to child abuse.

Cock fighting and dog fighting is now being exposed.In spite of this increasing societal problem, there are no organized publicly supported efforts to prevent or stem the tide of the expression of unhealthy anger, rage and aggression.

The time has come for anger management classes in community Adult Education

As the leading provider of anger management/ executive coaching in the nation, Anderson & Anderson has been instrumental in assisting in the establishment of anger management classes in two community adult education classes.

In 1998, Grant Union High School (Sacramento, CA.) introduced free anger management classes in its Adult Education School for community residents.

The following year, Compton Unified School District introduced the Anderson & Anderson curriculum in its Adult Education Program. (Compton, CA.)Both of these school districts receive funding from the California State Department of Education. These classes are successful and well received by their respective communities. In spite of this, they have received little media attention and have not been replicated.

Los Angeles Unified School District, one the largest school districts in the nation has just launched anger management classes in twelve of its Adult High Schools. These courses will be expanded to the entire district as new providers are certified in the Anderson & Anderson Anger Management

Model.Anger management is a cost saving intervention both in terms of money, resources and lives. All school districts should incorporate anger management classes into its adult education programs.

By George Anderson, MSW, BCD, CEAP



Carlos Todd, LPC, NCC, CAMF

President of the American Association of Anger Management Providers

Anger Management/Executive Coaching of Charlotte, North Carolina



Craig Dowden, Kelley Blanchette, and Ralph Serin Research Branch Correctional Service Canada April, 1999

Executive SummaryIt has been suggested that violent crime is more severe than other forms of criminal activity because of the harm to the victim as well as the greater costs incurred by society. Despite these concerns, very few treatment programs have been introduced which specifically target violent offenders. However, of those programs currently available, Anger Management appears to be the intervention of choice for this population. Unfortunately, there have been relatively few controlled studies that have evaluated the effectiveness of Anger Management programs with violent offenders.

This investigation compared a matched sample of 110 male federal offenders who completed the institutional Anger Management program to an untreated comparison group, the majority (86%) of whom were matched to the treatment group on age, Statistical Information on Recidivism (SIR) risk group and major admitting offence. Where it was not possible to match on all three criteria (14%), offenders were matched on age and SIR risk group. In comparing groups on post-release outcome criteria (non-violent and violent recidivism), survival analysis was used to equate groups for time-at-risk in the community.

The first set of comparisons compared ‘treated’ to ‘comparison’ subjects on non-violent recidivism (defined as any new conviction for a non-violent offence). Both groups of inmates were divided into higher- versus lower-risk groups based on SIR risk group ratings. Results revealed that for the lower-risk cases (n=54), completion of the Anger Management program was not significantly associated with reduced levels of non-violent re-offending. However, when analyses focused on higher-risk cases (n=56), significant reductions in non-violent recidivism were found. This translated into a 69% reduction in non-violent recidivism (i.e. 39.3% recidivism rate for the comparison group versus 12.5% of the Anger Management group).

Although the analyses of non-violent recidivism produced some encouraging results, the primary goal of Anger Management programs is to reduce violent recidivism. Accordingly, groups were also compared on violent recidivism. As expected, completion of the Anger Management program failed to produce significant reductions in violent recidivism among lower-risk cases (base rate =7.4%). However, for the higher-risk group, completion of the Anger Management program was associated with significant reductions in violent re-offending. This translated into an 86% reduction in violent re-offending (25% violent recidivism rate for the control group versus 3.6% for the Anger Management group).

Another interesting finding was that some of the pre-post change scores on assessment measures were significantly correlated with reductions in both non-violent and violent recidivism. For non-violent recidivism, a decrease in “State Anger” was associated with a significant decrease in re-offending. Not surprisingly, when the outcome measure used was violent recidivism, more statistically significant associations were found. Analyses revealed that change scores on three of the six sub-scales were associated with violent re-offending. More specifically, increased insight into anger problems, increased knowledge of anger management skills and increased anger self-competence were each associated with significant reductions in violent re-offending. Again, these results suggest that positive treatment-related change is associated with more positive post-release outcome.

To conclude, the present study highlights several important points. First, the results demonstrate that institutional Anger Management programs show promise for reducing recidivism. Second, the results support the risk principle of case classification. The risk principle states that the most intensive levels of service should be reserved for the higher-risk cases whereas the lower-risk cases should receive minimal intervention and supervision. The findings of the current outcome study strongly support the delivery of treatment resources to higher-risk as opposed to lower-risk cases. Jointly, these findings point to the relative importance of pre-treatment assessment and appropriate designation of high and low-risk offenders to varying levels of treatment services.

 Georg Anderson, MSW, BCD,

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