By George Anderson, MSW, BCD, CAMF

 An anger management model which works

Person-directed violence, road rage, office rage, air port rage, and child abuse are only a few of the many ways that our society suffers from unhealthy anger. Person-directed aggression resulting from stress and anxiety often triggers an individual’s inability to control his or her anger.

The increase in anger/violent related crime has now moved into our communities, sports, schools and workplaces. While there may not be a general agreement on the causes of our increase in violence, it is clear that it is a new epidemic. The Anderson & Anderson Anger Management Curriculum offers a practical model which consists of training in anger management, stress management, communication and emotional intelligence.

The Conover Assessment Component
It is necessary to manage stress first in order to learn to control anger. Stress is usually a precursor and trigger for anger. Empathy/emotional intelligence, the ability to put oneself in someone else’s shoes, is a key component in controlling one’s anger. Assertion is a powerful emotional skill that helps a person to communicate more effectively, honestly, and appropriately. It is the opposite of aggression (anger control/management) or deference (fear control/management). Finally, change orientation is the magnitude of change perceived as desirable for developing personal and life effectiveness. Change orientation includes developing the degree to which a person is motivated and ready for change. This scale is a reliable predictor of an individual’s potential for success through training.

Skill Enhancement Component
The Anderson & Anderson skill enhancement consists of the following four units:
• Anger Management
• Stress Management
• Communication
• Emotional Intelligence
Each skill enhancement module consists of approximately 4 – 5 hours of interactive learning activities, DVDs, listening activities, and post assessments. The Client Workbooks, “Controlling Ourselves and “Gaining Control of Ourselves” contain all of the exercises, logs and assignments.

The curriculum is made more interesting by the use of companion DVDs, CDS, Videos and experiential exercises and quizzes.
For more information or to enroll, contact our office at 310-207-3591 or visit our website at

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
Houston, Texas

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