Unscrupulous self-trained anger management providers who are marketing on-line anger management classes are duping an unsuspecting public and some Judges. These Internet entrepreneurs are exploiting the lack of state or federal standards for anger management or life coaching.
Many of these programs provide impressive certificates of completion for a fee of $45, with no requirements for any involvement in learning skills to control anger. It is ultimately the community that is the real loser in this type of victimization.
Many local courts are overwhelmed with infractions and misdemeanor cases, which order defendants to participate in anger management programs. At best, the courts can only spend between three and five minutes for each case. Consequently, there is little time to question the legitimacy of online anger management programs. The California Superior Courts do not accept online anger management classes for road rage or similar offenses.
For a list of Certified Anderson & Anderson Anger Management Programs in your state, visit the website of the American Association of Anger Management Providers at www.aaamp.org , or Anderson & Anderson® at www.andersonservices.com.
George Anderson, MSW, BCD, CAMF, CEAP
Diplomate, American Association of Anger Management Providers
Anderson & Anderson®, The Trusted Name in Anger Management