Through no fault of her own, Naomi Campbell, like so many other celebrities, has never received anger management. Instead, she has received counseling or psychotherapy for what amounts to a non-existing mental or emotional disorder. Further, the person who provided the services had no formal training or experience in teaching or coaching anger management.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, anger is a normal human emotion. Everyone experiences anger. All mental and nervous disorders are catalogued and listed in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Nervous and Mental Disorders (DSMIV). There is no listing for anger. Anger is considered by the APA to be a “lifestyle” issue.
Authorities in the field of anger management consider anger to be a problem under the following conditions:
• When it is too intense
• When it occurs too frequently
• When it leads to health problems
• When it lasts too long
• When it destroys work, school or family relationships
• Or when it leads to aggression or person-directed violence
Anger management is a class that can be taught using a one-on-one coaching format or small group. All providers must have specific training and Certification in Anger Management. Prior to enrollment in an anger management class, each participant must undergo an assessment. The assessment is designed to determine the client’s level of functioning in recognizing stress, anger, assertive communication and empathy/emotional intelligence. The fifth assessment area is “motivation to change”.
Following the assessment, clients who are motivated to change are assigned a client workbook with skill enhancement information, exercises and quizzes to increase performance in the aforementioned areas. Following the completion of the anger management coaching or class, a post-test is given to determine the success, or lack of success, of the anger management intervention.
While some mental health professionals are also Certified Anger Management Facilitators, most psychiatrists, psychotherapists and psychologists have no training in this field. Currently, none of the training programs in Medicine, Clinical Social Work or Clinical Psychology offer training or Certification in Anger Management Facilitation. This can easily be confirmed by simply contacting the Professional Schools in your State and asking: Do you offer training in anger management for mental health professionals?
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