This has been an unusually busy and productive summer at Anderson & Anderson. Bryan spent part of the summer attempting to modernize the operations of the office and assisted in redesigning the Anderson & Anderson Anger Management Website. He is now at Columbia University School of Social Work pursuing an MSW with the goal of modifying our curriculum for use with autistic patients.
Nancy worked almost daily providing assessments and coaching for anger management clients who wish to be seen in a coaching format. She will join me in providing Clinical Supervision for our MSW Interns who will begin in September.
Jhezrel Valentine joined our staff as our new Office Manager. Her warmth and polished interpersonal skills are a welcomed addition to our team.
Jairo took over the management of all On-line Courses and improved the shipping operations. Our On-line 40 -hour Anger Management Facilitator Certification is the most popular of all of our trainings.
The Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers has agreed to Co-Sponsor our three day Anger Management Certification Training in Chicago on October 12, 13, 14 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Downtown Chicago. This may well be our most successful training ever.
Once our website is complete, we plan to go on a massive social networking and marketing campaign designed to assist Anderson & Anderson Certified Anger Management Facilitators Worldwide.
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The August Anderson & Anderson Anger Management Facilitator Certification training has openings. To enroll, contact our office at 310-207-3591.
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Psychiatric Assessments for Disruptive Physicians Poses A Risk for Non-Impaired Doctors
Joint Commission Standards for physicians make a clear distinction between “disruptive physicians” psychiatrically impaired physicians, substance abusers and/or sexual abusers. Unfortunately, some resources for “disruptive physicians” demand that all participants undergo a formal psychiatric examination including projective tests.
While assessments for all of the above issues may be necessary, the psychiatric examinations should be limited to suspected cases of nervous or mental disorders rather than anger management. Anger is not listed as a DSM-IV Diagnostic Disorder. According to the American Psychiatric Association, anger is a lifestyle issue and is therefore not responsive to psychotherapy or psychiatric intervention.
A mandated psychiatric assessment places inappropriately referred physicians at risk of being entered into the National Practitioner Data Bank. Once a physician is listed in this data bank, it is almost impossible to get any information removed.
Unfortunately, the stigma against mental illness continues to exist and can damage the career of any physician. Physicians ordered to attend Coaching for Anger Management should insist on a program that is not psychiatrically based. Intervention programs that require psychiatric examinations should be avoided at all costs.
George Anderson, MSW, BCD, CAMF