There is a Very Thick Line between Anger Management and Psychotherapy

Anger management is a force to be reckoned with. Anderson & Anderson, along with many other anger management providers who are certified under George Anderson, are doing their best to promote the anger management movement. It should be made clear to all providers, as well as people who are interested in becoming providers, that anger management is useful for training clients to excel in four areas: anger management, stress management, assertive communication, and emotional intelligence. Anger management is for clients who have anger issues that have caused them to be at odds with their families, perfect strangers, the justice system (e.g., committing misdemeanors that require them to pay heavy fines or seek anger management as an ultimatum), or with themselves (if they believe it is necessary to seek anger management in order to improve in the above four areas). With this in mind, it behooves us to explain what anger management must not be used for.

Anger management is not a suitable alternative to psychotherapy. In fact, we need to go as far as to say that it would be irresponsible for an anger management provider, or any anger management facilitator, to provide services to those who are really in need of psychotherapy, psychotropic medication or hospitalization. First of all, facilitators and providers trained specifically in anger management may not be trained in psychotherapy. Second of all, for those providers who are licensed clinicians, they tend to distinguish between the two practices, which is extremely important. Someone who is not trained in psychotherapy is not authorized to treat clients in need of psychotherapy. Furthermore, a trained psychotherapist who is also an anger management facilitator and executive coach, must know the signs that show what the client needs BEFORE making the decision to provide anger management services. Just so that all are aware, let us take the time to list some of the needs that MUST NOT be addressed by anger management classes.

The “Suggested Guide for Anger Management (Facilitator’s Guide)”, written by George Anderson, M.S.W., BCD, CAMF, says that “the following categories of clients should be excluded from outpatient anger management groups: paranoid clients, extremely narcissistic clients, clients with hypochondriac dispositions, suicidal clients, brain-damaged clients, psychotic or sociopathic clients, and actively-using alcoholics or drug addicts” (page 9). Let’s say, for example, that Mr. Green shows up in your office and asks you if he can enroll in your anger management group. He follows this up with a statement going something like this: “My wife left me, and I’m so angry without her. I think I want to end it all.” The provider should know right away to tell the person that it would be better if he sought a psychiatric assessment. The facilitator’s guide also points out that it is advisable to have someone licensed in mental health work for your organization as a consultant, if you do not have any training in psychotherapy. Please refer to the anger management facilitator’s guide for any further information you may need.

Rasheed Ahmed

Intern, Undergraduate Student

Anderson & Anderson

Anger Management Services

http://www.andersonservices.com/

“Anger Management Institute of Texas is a certified Anderson & Anderson provider.”

Gregory A. Kyles, M.A., LPC, CEAP, CAMF
Director, Anger Management Institute of Texas
Diplomate, President of Texas Chapter
American Association of Anger Management Providers
http://www.ami-tx.com
https://gregorykyles.wordpress.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/gregorykyles
http://www.myspace.com/anger_management_expert
Houston, Texas

Domestic Violence Interventions and Anger Management are not Equal

Domestic Violence Interventions and Anger Management is not Equal I gave a presentation on anger management this week and I was asked–What is the difference between domestic abuse and anger? One of my colleagues– George Anderson gave an explanation which I resonate with and which I shared with my audience. He stated that those with inappropriate anger often direct it at any and every one however domestic violence is only direct at those in close relationship with the perpetrator.

Therefore it is likely that the perpetrator of DV will appear fine to the rest of the worlds while they terrorize those in their own home. I can attest to this because I was raised in a home where DV was common place. My step-father was violent at home in public he was the nicest person—this often created confusion in the publics mind.

This difference between DV interventions and anger management is important for courts. Judges and lawyers need to be made aware that anger management is not appropriate for those charged with domestic violence. It is also the responsibility of the certified anger management facilitator to refer out anyone who was sent to their program but was has been charged with domestic violence. To find a anger management provider in your area please visit www.anger-management-resources.org

Carlos Todd, LPC, NCC, CAMF

President of the American Association of Anger Management Providers

www.masteringanger.com

“Anger Management Institute of Texas is a certified Anderson & Anderson provider.”

Gregory A. Kyles, M.A., LPC, CEAP, CAMF
Director, Anger Management Institute of Texas
Diplomate, President of Texas Chapter
American Association of Anger Management Providers
http://www.ami-tx.com
https://gregorykyles.wordpress.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/gregorykyles
http://www.myspace.com/anger_management_expert
Houston, Texas
 

My Experience with George Anderson, World Renowned Provider of Anger Management

I am a retired physician who decided to enter the teaching world and required extensive training and certification in Anger Management. After a lengthy search for sources for this training, I chose Anderson and Anderson’s program because Professor George Anderson, a former member of the staff of UCLA, is the foremost leader and world-renowned expert and writer in Anger Management.

Last week I attended the Certification and Training Workshop in Anger Management presented by Professor Anderson in Oakland, California. Several students and guests were in attendance and represented Las Vegas, Nevada, Cleveland, Ohio, Portland, Oregon, Fairbanks, Alaska as well as Northern California and locally, Oakland and San Jose, California. By profession, the attendees included physicians, a psychologist, a college professor and several drug and rehabilitation counselors.

The course was presented and taught by Professor Anderson.  The workshop training was for three days, eight hours each and the syllabus included Adolescent and Adult Anger Management as well as Executive Coaching.  Included in the course was instruction and training in both short and long form Conover Assessment Testing, a well-known assessment program. Several published books by George Anderson are used in this course: CONTROLLING OURSELVES (2003), GAINING CONTROL OF OURSELVES (2005), A Suggested Guide for Anger Management/Facilitator’s GUIDE (2007) and EXECUTIVE COACHING.

Professor Anderson’s didactic teaching methods include not only lectures and personal observations and group discussion, but also DVD presentations of the subject matter, which was presented in an understandable, concise and intelligent way. Time was available for question and answers as well extensive discussion.

The presentation of this course was on an extremely high level and was the equivalent to that of any college or medical school course I have ever taken.

Dr. Steven J. Sinert (August, 28, 2007)
SJS113LV@aol.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/geoanderson
www.andersonservices.com

Gregory A. Kyles, M.A., LPC, CEAP, CAMF
Director, Anger Management Institute of Texas
Diplomate, President of Texas Chapter
American Association of Anger Management Providers
http://www.ami-tx.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/gregorykyles
http://www.myspace.com/anger_management_expert
Houston, Texas

Anger Management as Time Management

So much time is wasted being angry. For some, years are spent holding a grudge or finding ways to get even. I have therefore had pause to ask – How much time is wasted being angry? What if there was a way to measure this. I am sure that as an entire society we would be wasting millions of hours harboring anger.

For relationships, reducing inappropriate anger could increase the quality of time spent sharing with our love. For the employer reducing anger and conflict could improve productivity. Therefore when employees, spouses, business owners or anyone for that matter learns to management their anger there will be built in an element of time management.The Andersons and Anderson model of anger management teaches not only anger management but stress management, emotional intelligence and communication skills. Learning the skills presented in this model can help to reduce the wastage of time spent in unnecessary conflict and improve the quality of relationships at work, home and school.

Therefore for this writer anger management interventions—although indirectly—will teach time management. This is an important lesson that one of my clients taught me as they related that since they had anger management the time spent with love ones improved in both quantity and quality. As a provider of anger management this was both a revelation and heart warming. I can only wish this kind of result for anyone who struggles with anger. To find an anger management provider in your area visit www.anger-management-resources.org

Carlos Todd, LPC, NCC, CAMF
www.masteringanger.com
 

“Anger Management Institute of Texas is a certified Anderson & Anderson provider.” 

Gregory A. Kyles, LPC, CEAP, CAMF
Anger Management Institute of Texas
Diplomate, President of Texas Chapter
American Association of Anger Management Providers
http://www.ami-tx.com
https://gregorykyles.wordpress.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/gregorykyles
http://www.myspace.com/anger_management_expert
Houston, Texas

Anger Management Services in a Private Setting

Our Anger Management/Executive Coaching program is available for clients who would prefer a private setting or are not appropriate for mixed or open groups. Such individuals may include, but are not limited to, high profile individuals, physicians, attorneys, judges, faculty, law enforcement, and high-level management. The program is designed to improve stress and anger management, communication, empathy, and emotional intelligence. Initially, a confidential assessment is utilized to determine your current level of functioning. Based on the results of the assessment, our Executive Coaching clients are provided with an individualized plan of action that includes exercises and behavior logging tools to facilitate the learning process.

“Anger Management Institute of Texas is a certified Anderson & Anderson provider.”

Gregory A. Kyles, M.A., LPC, CEAP, CAMF
Director, Anger Management Institute of Texas
Diplomate, President of Texas Chapter
American Association of Anger Management Providers
http://www.ami-tx.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/gregorykyles
http://www.myspace.com/anger_management_expert
Houston
, Texas

Anger Management Institute of Texas New Class Schedule


Anger Management Institute of Texas provides a safe educational environment for clients to learn socially acceptable means of dealing with anger.  You will certainly benefit from our classes by learning what stress is, including stress management strategies that provide alternatives to avoid violent and self-destructive behavior.

Anger Management Institute of Texas uses the Anderson & Anderson intervention program developed by George Anderson, which is the most effective and most widely recognized curriculum in the world. The primary focus of the curriculum is anger management, stress management, assertive communication, and emotional intelligence.

Assessment interviews are by appointment only and must be completed prior to being assigned to a class. Assessment $50; Client Workbook $30 must be paid at the initial assessment appointment.

Weekday Class Schedule:

Mondays:      6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 
Tuesdays:     6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 
Wednesday:  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  
Thursdays:   6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 
Fridays:        6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Fees:      16 Hour program; 2 hour class X $25 per hour = $50 per group; Groups are once a week. Fees can be paid weekly. Total cost of program is $480.008 Hour

Accelerated Class: Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

Note:     The Accelerated 8 Hour Classes is a condensed version of our 16 hour classes. These classes are usually offered to self-referral, and employer referrals; these classes are designed to meet the needs of clients who wish to avoid attending classes on a weekly basis. These classes are not available for Harris County court or probation department referrals. If you’re from any other county or state which only requires 8 hours of anger management services you may attend these classes.

Saturdays:  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Fees: Weekend Classes $50 per hour + Assessment + Workbook = $480.00

4 Hour Fast Track Classes:  Every Saturday and Sunday of the month.

Note:     If you are a Harris County court mandated referral or Harris County probation department referral this series of classes will allows you to complete the 16 Hour requirement to receive a Certificate of Completion in either 2 weekends if you attend 8 hours per weekend (Sat & Sun) or in 1 month if you attend 4 hours per weekend. You can choose when and what days you want to attend as long as you complete 4 hours in Anger Management, 4 hours in Stress Management, 4 hours in Assertive Communication, and 4 hours in Emotional Intelligence in a timely manner.

Saturdays:  8:00 a.m. -12:00 noon
Sundays:    1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Fees: Weekend Classes $50 per hour + Assessment + Workbook = $880; 50% Discount off Hourly fees ($400.00) if 16 Hour program is paid at the time of the initial assessment.      Discount cost: $480.00

“Anger Management Institute of Texas is a certified Anderson & Anderson provider.” 

Gregory A. Kyles, M.A., LPC, CEAP, CAMF
Director, Anger Management Institute of Texas
Diplomate, President of Texas Chapter
American Association of Anger Management Providers
http://www.ami-tx.com
https://gregorykyles.wordpress.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/gregorykyles
http://www.myspace.com/anger_management_expert
Houston, Texas
 

What is an Anger Management Assessment?

Licensed mental health clinicians including psychologists, clinical social workers and licensed professional counselors are all familiar with and are trained to perform assessments. The most common may be the psychosocial assessment. This assessment takes a global look at the individual’s history as well as current symptoms to come up with a mental health diagnosis. Anger has not been categorized by the American Psychiatric Association as a mental health disorder, therefore in the process of having a mental health assessment one cannot be diagnosed as having “anger” as one is diagnosed as having bipolar or depression. Unlike a mental health diagnosis, anger is considered a normal human emotion which only becomes a problem if it is too long lasting, too severe and too frequent. An anger management assessment seeks to determine not the roots of the anger as with a psychosocial assessment, but the deficiencies that come together to create problematic anger. The assessment that I am most familiar with is called the anger management map or the Conover Assessment. This is a research validated assessment that is either done on computer or on paper. It provides information on an individual’s assertiveness skills, motivation to change, stress management skills, empathy, level or potential of interpersonal aggression and the ability to set boundaries and think independently of others. When an individual completes the test it prints out a graphical illustration of the results as well as several pages of interpretation. This information is used as a baseline to begin an anger management program. I have found that clients are impressed with the graphical display of the core issues that drive their anger and often use the assessment as a conversation piece to share their struggles with spouses, siblings and parents. The assessment also can be used in each session to keep the client focused on the goals of treatment. At the end of the anger management course the assessment can be retaken to determine if any progress has been made. The anger management assessment has special significance for couples who struggle with constant conflict. Each time I give this assessment to a couple the results are startling. The test reveals that as it relates to anger management, they are polar opposites. When one is very empathetic the other is not — when one is assertive the other is not — when one is good at managing stress the other is not. When I show both the husband and wife the results of the assessment it tends to really make sense to them. In a visual format, they see how their differences can be at the foundation of their conflicts. The couple can then begin the work of learning skills to state needs and communicate in ways that significantly reduce the anger.

The anger management assessment is appropriate for anyone who has to take an anger management class. It is also helpful for employers who want to assess the potential of a prospective employee to cause interpersonal conflict at work or whose anger will get in the way of their work. It has been noted most individuals who lose their jobs do not do so because they are incompetent; they do so because they have trouble getting along with peers. Human resource professionals can therefore benefit from having a certified anger management facilitator conduct an anger management assessment. In the long run it can save time, money, and the headache of hiring a potentiality disruptive employee. For a certified anger management facilitator in your area please visit http://www.anger-management-resources.org . To reach Carlos Todd directly please call 704-804-0841 or email him at todds@masteringanger.com or visit http://www.masteringanger.com.

 “Anger Management Institute of Texas is a certified Anderson & Anderson provider.” 

Gregory A. Kyles, M.A., LPC, CEAP, CAMF
Director, Anger Management Institute of Texas
Diplomate, President of Texas Chapter
American Association of Anger Management Providers
http://www.ami-tx.com
https://gregorykyles.wordpress.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/gregorykyles
http://www.myspace.com/anger_management_expert
Houston, Texas