2008 seems destined to be the year of anger management for schools…

Posted on: January 14, 2008

2008 seems destined to be the year of anger management for school
districts large and small. Hope, Arkansas, the home of Bill Clinton
and Mike Huckabee is a small district which adopted the Anderson &
Anderson(R) Anger Management Curriculum during the last week.

While anger management has not yet become part of the core curriculum
at any school district, there are a number of novel uses. Here are
some of the ways that the Anderson & Anderson curriculum is being used
in schools:

1.Anger management as an alternative to suspension. When students are
suspended for aggressive behavior, the school district loses the funds
for this student while he is out of school and he does not learn
anything from the experience.

2.Anger management in after school programs.  Along with academic
tutoring, anger management is proving to be one of the most promising
interventions in after school programs.

3.Anger management for special needs students. Anger management is
more effective and far less expensive to address oppositional behavior
in students whose disability may cause frustration.

4.Anger management as violence prevention for “at risk” students.
Individualized Education Plans for at risk students are beginning to
recognize that anger management is an effective intervention for at
risk youth.

5.Anger management is adult education schools. Adults in communities
throughout the nation are being referred to anger management classes
by Courts for person-directed aggression, road rage or some other
infraction. Children Services Departments routinely make referrals of
adults to anger management classes who are found to be abusive or
neglectful of their minor offspring. Public High Schools are beginning
to fill the need for providing anger management classes for those
parents who are unable to afford to pay for these services.

As more school districts gains experience offering assessments and
intervention for anger, stress, communication and emotional
intelligence, it is clear that anger management will become the
curriculum of choice for middle and high schools nationwide.

George Anderson, MSW, BCD, CAMF, CEAP
Diplomate, American Association of Anger Management Providers
Anderson & Anderson(R), The Trusted Name in Anger Management


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