Psychotherapists are discovering Anger Management Facilitator Certification

In spite of the holiday, last weekends Anger Management Facilitator Certification in Oakland was well attended. A noticeable new trend in this weeks training and the training for  San Jose next weekend is the dramatic increase in the number of Licensed Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers and MFTs.

Anger Management Coaching can be a great income stream for psychotherapists in part or full time practice. For a list of future trainings, visit our website at http://www.andersonservices.com.

George Anderson, CAMF

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How To Treat A Non-Illness

How Do You Treat A Mental Illness That Does Not Exist?

According to the American Psychotherapy Association, anger is a normal human emotion. Everyone gets angry from time to time. Anger is seen as a problem when it is too intense, lasts too long, impacts health, affects interpersonal relationships, occurs too frequently or leads to person or property directed aggression.

Mild forms of human anger may include displeasure, irritation or dislike. When we react to frustration, criticism or a threat, we may become angry – and usually this is a healthy response. Anger is a secondary emotion that is a common reaction to stress. Anger may be a response to feeling sad, lonely or frightened. When anger becomes full-blown rage our judgment and thinking can become impaired and we are more likely to do and say unreasonable and irrational things.

While anger may be a symptom of many mental and physical illnesses, anger is not listed in the latest edition of the Statistical Manual of Nervous and Mental Disorders (DSM 5). Therefore, it is unreasonable to attempt to offer counseling, psychotherapy or psychotropic medication for anger.

Attempting to diagnose poor impulse control as mental illnesses detracts from the very real, very serious and very dangerous mental illnesses that are indeed caused by very terrible things that happen within sufferers’ brains. Unlike schizophrenia that can’t be willed away, anger management is a learned skill. Any skill that is learned can be unlearned or replaced with a more useful skill.

Emotional Intelligence based Anger Management coaching is the most appropriate skill enhance intervention for self-awareness, self-control, social awareness, empathy and relationship management. All of these skills are critical for proper impulse control. Anger management is a procedure for acquiring the skills to recognize signs that you are becoming angry, and taking action to deal with the situation in a positive way. In no way does anger management mean holding the anger in or trying to keep from feeling anger.

Generally, an Emotional Intelligence Assessment (Bar On EQi 2.0) is given on-line to each client prior to starting the coaching or classes. Debriefing and client workbooks are provided at the first session.

Certified Anger Management Facilitators/Coaches can be found in most states in the U.S. as well as many Provinces in Canada.

George Anderson, MSW, BCD, CAMF.CEAP

Bar On Certified Provider

Diplomate, American Association of Anger Management Providers

 

Impulsive Control for Developmentally Disabled Adults and Youth

A developmental disability is a disability that is manifested before the person reaches 22 years of age, which constitutes a substantial disability to the affected individual, and is attributable to mental retardation or related conditions which include cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or other neurological conditions when such conditions result in impairment of general intellectual functioning or adaptive behavior similar to that of a person with mental retardation.

Adaptive behavior means that the person has overall adaptive behavior which is significantly limited in two or more skill areas (communication, self-care, home living, social skills, community use, self direction, health and safety, functional academics, leisure, and work:, as measured by an instrument which is standardized, appropriate to the person’s living environment, and administered and clinically determined by a qualified professional.

Like so many other skill enhancement interventions, anger management professionals have overlooked the entire developmentally disabled population. This is unfortunate, unacceptable and must be addressed.

Like any other individuals, persons who are developmentally disabled suffer from deficits in their ability to understand and manage stress, recognize when they are becoming angry and control their behavior when unpleasant feelings are present. In addition, they may be prone to appear insensitive and lacking in empathy.

Anger management classes for developmentally disabled persons must sometimes be offered on an individual basis or in dyads or very small groups. Graphics with pictures as well as CDs and DVDs or posters must be maximized for those who learn best with visual material.

Frequent, brief sessions are often better than 50- minute sessions that overwhelm the client’s capacity to sustain attention. All providers must have a minimum of 40 hours in Anger Management Facilitator Certification.

For persons 18 years of age or older, the Bar On EQi Assessment is ideal to determine the current skill level relative to the 15 emotional intelligence scales contained in this instrument.

George Anderson
, http://www.andersonservices.com
 Anderson & Anderson
, APC, 310-207-3591

 

The Anderson & Anderson Anger Management Curricula undergoes major changes

Over the last four years, Anderson & Anderson has moved closer to linking its’ anger management curricula to the Bar On EQi Emotional Intelligence Assessment and the concepts of EQ as articulated in The EQ Edge relative to the 15 scales that form the core of this instrument.

Given the current popularity of the Anderson & Anderson Anger Management Facilitator Certification, it is only natural that it will continue to influence how anger management is practiced throughout the United States. Therefore, anger management has moved from the management of anger to a broader understanding of the relationship between anger, stress, communication, self-awareness, social awareness, impulse control, optimism, decision making, self-perception, flexibility or relationship management.

Anderson & Anderson was one of the first major Anger Management providers to push for a clear acknowledgement from the American Psychiatric Association that while anger may be a symptom of a range of health and mental health disorders, anger is not in itself a pathological condition and is not a listed illness in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Nervous and Mental Disorders. According to the American Psychiatric Association, anger is a normal human emotion that is experienced by everyone at some time.

This is important since it means that counseling, psychotherapy or psychotropic medication is not the intervention of choice for anger management. It allows anger to be defined as a problem when it is too intense, occurs too frequently, impacts health, lasts too long, destroys interpersonal relationships or leads to person-directed aggression.

All of the commonly recognized emotional intelligence concepts offer the best over all strategies for skill enhancement in impulse control. Coaching has increased the usefulness of Emotional Intelligence and made anger management far more acceptable to those seeking help.

Current and future Anderson & Anderson Certified Anger Management Facilitators/Coaches will be invited to take the Bar On EQi Emotional Intelligence Assessment On-line prior to the training. The EQ Edge will be required reading for each new Coach.

Visit our website for a list of our On-line Certification training as well as our live training in Merced, Oakland, San Jose, Los Angeles and Chicago:www.andersonservices.com.

George Anderson, MSW, BCD, CAMF

 

 

Scope of Practice expands for Anger Management Coaches who use Emotional Intelligence Curricula

Certified Anger Management Facilitators are able to legitimately claim an expansion of their ability to offer a wider range of coaching skills that are included under emotional intelligence. Anger management is not just the management of anger. Rather, anger management coaching now includes stress management, assertive communication, impulse control, self-awareness, self-perception, empathy, social awareness as well as empathy, optimism, interpersonal relationships and problem solving.

This new coaching format begins with a comprehensive Bar On EQi Emotional Intelligence Assessment along with interpretation, debriefing and the establishment of goals for coaching. The ancillary coaching material consists of the Contrasting Wheels of Behavior, the Gaining Control Of Ourselves, DVD as well as the popular Practice Of Control Client workbook.

The individual focus of the coaching sessions allows the client an opportunity to establish his or her priorities and a chance to practice the skills that are provided in the on-going coaching sessions.

Since there are no stigmas attached, coaching for emotional intelligence is rapidly becoming a popular self-development approach for trend setters interested in improving interpersonal relationships.

George Anderson

How To Establish A Profitable Coaching Practice Based On Emotional Intelligence

The key to success in any service profession is competence. Coaches must go overboard to establish their competence as coaches. Tips for gaining competence:

  • Start by completing the Bar On EQi 2.0 Emotional Intelligence Assessment. Carefully, study your scores on the 15 scales. Spend time establishing action goals for yourself with a successful coach who is Certified in the Bar On EQi 2.0 instrument.
  • Purchase and read more than once, The EQ Edge. This book provides an easy to read explanation of Emotional Intelligence as well as the Bar On in particular.
  • Join some of the Emotional Intelligence Groups on linked in. Introduce yourself and take an active role in the discussions.
  • Establish a simple, well designed website along with a blog. Blog at least twice each week on topics related to your practice.
  • Have all of your clients complete the Bar On EQi 2.0 Emotional Intelligence Assessment on-line. If you use Anderson & Anderson to provide your assessment, you will receive a copy of the Client Report as well as the Coach Report. Together, these results will serve you well with each client.
  • Stay tuned to this blog for more TIPS.

George Anderson

310-207-3591