Dear Hon. Doe,
I would like to bring to your attention an issue of serious concern to professional providers of Anger Management Coaching in California. As you are obviously aware, there are currently no laws in California nor any other state regulating the practice of Anger Management Classes. Consequently, judges and court officers have few guidelines to use when sentencing defendants to Anger Management intervention.
One unintended consequences of the absence of state or local standards in this area is the tendency for judges to refer these defendants to domestic violence batterer’s programs. These programs, by law, are designed exclusively to address issues related to violence in intimate relationships. Defendants who are convicted of road rage, simple battery, property damage or threats will be unlikely to gain anything from such programs. Further, such a mixture of clients tends to undermine the effectiveness of domestic violence programs, which are designed to stop spousal abuse and violence against women and children.
Anderson & Anderson in making an offer to give copies of our Anger Management client workbooks for both adolescents and adults to any Judge or Court Officer in California. Controlling Ourselves and Gaining Control of Ourselves are both publications of Anderson & Anderson. The Anderson curricula and training is approved by the California State Board of Corrections for the training of Probation, Parole and Correctional Offers in California. This curricula and training is also approved by the Board of Behavioral Science for the training of Laces, Clews, Laps and Mets in California. This in the only Anger Management training that is approved the U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs for the training of Clinical Social Workers.
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Thanks for your consideration.
George Anderson, LCSW, BCD
Diplomate, American Associate of Anger Management Providers