Anger Management for Physicians has Become One of the Fastest-Growing Disciplines in Executive Coaching

Undoubtedly, this is fueled by the new JCAHO requirements for “disruptive physicians”, which went into effect on April 1, 2007. The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals issued new guidelines for all hospitals relative to “disruptive physicians”. This requirement calls for hospitals to establish written policy to deal with this growing impediment to patient care and treatment and team effectiveness.

Because of the complex issues involved in working with physicians, Anderson & Anderson, Inc. has decided against referring this client population to our network of anger management providers. This is based on their limited training and experience in coaching physicians and lack of knowledge of medical establishments. As a consequence of this decision, the in-house faculty at Anderson & Anderson has and will continue to provide on-site coaching for “disruptive physicians” nationwide.

With demand for anger-management coaching outstripping the supply of trained providers, it’s important to vet providers very carefully. Anger issues exhibited by “disruptive physicians” touch on a variety of issues—stress management, anger management, emotional intelligence, communication etc., and sometimes cross into the realm of psychology. In order to avoid situations where the coach slips into becoming a psychotherapist, we have decided that is best to limit our coaches for physicians to Licensed, Experienced, and Clinically trained coaches.

As hospital administrators and directors increasingly recognize the benefit of anger management, they are pushing it downward into their organizations and to all physicians who are in need of it. More and more of our clients are now recommending executive coaching of anger management to high-potentials at junior and executive levels.

A list of hospitals for which we have provided coaching are listed below:

Partial Executive Coaching/anger Management Hospital Client List

St. John’s Hospital
Santa Monica, California

Cedar-Sinai Medical Center 
Los Angeles, California

Santa Monica Hospital Center
Santa Monica, California

Midway Hospital
Los Angeles, California

McHenry Hospital
McHenry, Texas

Harlingen Baptist Hospital and Medical Center
Harlingen, Texas

Hospital Corporation of America
Richmond, Virginia 

Kaiser Permanente

UCLA Medical Center
Los Angeles 

Southwest Georgia Health System
Brunswick, GA 

John C. Lincoln Hospital
Phoenix, AZ

For more information about our Executive Coaching/anger Management for Physicians, please visit our website at or contact our office at 310-207-3591.

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

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