Just as 2007 topped all of the years before, it is almost a certainty that 2008 will do the same. As one of the elder statesmen in anger management and executive coaching, here are my predictions for the year 2008:
1.) Legislation will be introduced, passed and signed into law in California, mandating standards for Certified Anger Management Providers. Other states like Texas will quickly follow California’s lead.
2.) Prisons and Jails throughout the nation will begin providing anger management to all inmates whose offenses include aggression or violence.
3.) Anger management skills will join substance abuse intervention and GED as needed skills for prison and jail inmates.
4.) New York and Chicago will follow the lead of the Los Angeles Unified School District in providing anger management in after school programs as well as Adult Education Programs. Many smaller school districts will contract out for these services.
5.) Large, small and medium sized businesses will recognize that anger management is a cost saving intervention and move to offer anger management in their staff development programs.
6.) Employee assistance professionals will be forced to concede their lack of training and experience in anger management and seek to include anger management as one of the core courses for the CEAP certification.
7.) Legislation introduced in the last session of the Texas State Legislature by Senator Whitmire from Houston, requiring anger management for all middle school students, will be passed and implemented in Texas.
8.) Anderson & Anderson will revise its popular anger management curriculum, making it consistent with the new California Legislation.
9.) Providers with limited training and curricula in executive coaching for physicians will quickly recognize their limitations and seek additional training and certification in this new niche in anger management.
10.) Anderson & Anderson will develop a new curriculum for executive coach certification training. This training will focus on executive coaching/anger management for physicians.
George Anderson, MSW, BCD, CAMF, CEAP
Diplomate, American Association of Anger Management Providers
Anderson & Anderson, The Trusted Name in Anger Management