Anger management was initially developed to address out of control emotions that frequently lead to person-directed violence. In most instances, the perpetrators were arrested and charged with battery of some type of criminal behavior. Most anger management classes were populated by Court mandated referrals.
Beginning in 2007, the situation began to change dramatically. Rather than Court mandated referrals, the trend was for Human Resource Managers to mandate employees to anger management classes based on the liability caused by the potential for violence in the workplace. As the economy continued to decline, the volume of H.R. mandated clients have steadily increased.
This new mixture of court mandated and H.R. mandated clients have lead to a distinct increase in the quality and motivation of all participants in anger management classes. Human Resource Managers are highly selective of the anger management programs they are willing to use. They demand credibility. This means that any program interested in receiveing H.R. referrals must employ Certified Anger Management Facilitators. In addition, programs must use a curriculum that is designed to teach skills in recognizing anger, stress, improving communication and enhancing emotional intelligence.
Finally, programs must have a Pre and Post test designed to show evidence of the success or lack of success for each client. For a national list of Anderson & Anderson Certified Anger Management Providers, go to goggle and type in anger management classes, along with your town or city. All Certified Anger Management Providers are well trained and meet the standards required by courts and Human Resource Managers nationwide.
George Anderson, MSW, BCD, CAMF, CEAP
Diplomat, American Association of Anger Management Providers
Anderson & Anderson®, The Trusted Name in Anger Management