While it is unfortunate for the victims of anger related issues, it is instructive to note that the bad U.S. economy is resulting in a dramatic increase in referrals to anger management providers nationwide. The following is a summary of referral trends to Certified Anger Management Facilitators:
•The high cost of gas has caused Transportation Companies in California to contract with local anger management providers for Pre-employment testing for new hires as well as organizational anger management for line staff and coaching for managers and supervisors.
•The increase in road rage incidents is beginning to clog many courts in major American cities. Misdemeanor offenses for driving violations are off the charts.
•Psychiatrists and Psychologists are referring an increasing number of clients to Certified Anger Management Facilitators for anger management assessments and intervention.
•Managed Health Care Providers are recognizing the cost effectiveness of anger management as opposed to psychotherapy of psychotropic medication for aggressive behavior.
•Small, medium and large businesses have adopted zero tolerance for person-directed aggression in the workplace. This has caused an increase in employer mandated referrals to anger management classes.
•Hospitals and physician practices are now referring health care professionals whose behavior may create a “hostile work environment” or impact patient safety.
The keys to success in providing anger management are superior training, certification, Pre and Post Tests, client’s workbooks and ancillary DVDs and training material.
George Anderson, MSW, BCD, CAMF, CEAP
Diplomate, American Association of Anger Management Providers
Anderson & Anderson®, The Trusted Name in Anger Management