Friday, July 23, 2010

Anger Management Classes- Skills, Tips and Techniques

What makes a quality anger management class program and what can a client expect to learn? Anger management classes are designed to teach skills in a variety of areas to improve interpersonal and internal functioning. Anger management is not the same as psychotherapy and should not be confused with getting "therapy". Anger management classes are educational in nature and should teach skills in 8 core areas. These areas of skill enhancement include:
* Stress management
* Empathy Development
* Learning to respond instead of react
* Improving self-talk
* Assertive Communication
* Expectation Management
* Forgiveness
* Retreat and think things over
Participants of a quality anger management program should expect to use a well known curriculum. The program should be well structured and teach a new skill during each class. Sessions should be separated with cognitive homework assignments to help reinforce the material and progress should be discussed at the onset of the each subsequent class session.
Another popular question is "will the classes work"? Ultimately, ones motivation to succeed is the biggest determinant in the success outcome of any class or program. Without motivation the desire to succeed is severely limited. Keeping this in mind, clients who are willing to learn and motivated to grow tend to have the best outcome. While motivation is not the only factor for success, it is certainly the most influential. Another important component is utilizing a program that has some empirical data to back up the interventions used. Programs that incorporate cognitive behaviorally based concepts tend to have more empirical data to support their effectiveness than programs that do not.
Clients should enjoy the learning experience. We believe that humor is one of the most important approaches an instructor must use. It's not to say make fun of the work you are doing, but rather make the work fun for the client. Anger management should not, and is not punitive. The term itself often comes with a stigma that says "I'm bad, and therefore must take a class with a bunch of other bad and angry people". This could not be farther from the truth. Anger management could be and should be considered more of a life skill class that anyone will benefit from.

Ari Novick, Ph.D. is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a certified anger management provider for both adults and adolescents. Dr. Novick is also an adjunct professor of psychology at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology. His corporate website is http://www.ajnovickgroup.com and his innovative online anger management class.

What is Anger Management?

Anger management is a relatively new field and is often confused with other mental health professions. The most common myth is that anger management is psychotherapy. While many licensed psychotherapists offer anger management, the intervention itself is not considered "therapy". On the contrary, anger management is an educational course that teaches skills in a variety of areas such as stress management, forgiveness, assertive communication, empathy, improving judgment and impulse control, expectation management, and much more.
Classes are typically taught by one of two professionals. Either a licensed psychotherapist with additional training, experience and education in anger management or a certified anger management professional with at least 40 hours of training during the certification process. Since this field is a relatively new, there is limited regulation on the training standards for anger management class professionals or providers. We recommend that every class be taught or offered by one of the above professionals.
Anger Management is also offered using a variety of techniques and models. While most of the empirical research is limited to prison or inmate populations, it is hard to say what is the best approach. Most of the research points to using an educational and/or cognitive-behavioral approach/model to helping clients manage anger vs. a group psychotherapy approach or what is commonly referred to as a psycho-dynamic approach. One such model which incorporates both an educational approach and utilizes some of the previously mentioned skills is the Century Anger Management model of anger management.
Classes can be taken in a large range of contexts as well. There is one/one anger coaching, which is a more personalized approach to teaching skills in anger management. Classes can be taken in an accelerated workshop format. This is when a class is taught usually on a weekend and is four to eight hours in length. Another common format is the weekly anger class, in which classes are taught once a week for a series of weeks, typically lasting about 10 weeks. Classes are taken either voluntarily or for a court order, employment or legal requirement. Finally, online anger management classes can also be taken. Quality online programs typically offer an online format similar to those used by major universities such as UCLA, Stanford or Harvard.


Ari Novick, Ph.D. is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a certified anger management provider for both adults and adolescents. Dr. Novick is also an adjunct professor of psychology at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology. His corporate website is http://www.ajnovickgroup.com and his innovative online anger management class is available at http://www.angerclassonline.com. He can also be reached at 949 715-2694.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Online Anger Management Classes from Anger Class Online™ Continue to Gain Acceptance as a Legitimate form of Distance Learning Education

Laguna Beach, CA (July 9, 2010) –AJ Novick Group, Inc is a national provider of anger management programs and the leading provider Online Anger Management Classes and training programs in the country. Their online anger management course, offered through Anger Class Online™, continues to gain acceptance by human resources, EAP programs, attorneys and the judicial system.

Anger Class Online™ was founded in 2006. Since that time, they have provided distance learning education in the field of anger management to participants in every U.S. state in the nation as well as provided programs to residents in Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, and Japan.

While distance learning education programs are not new, they are relatively new to the field of anger management. “Acceptance of these programs has grown tremendously in the last 4 years”, states Dr. Ari Novick, founder of Anger Class Online™ . “What we’ve experienced is courts all over the nation requesting our materials and requests to demo our online anger management courses”, says Dr. Novick. “A physical class just can’t be the only way to learn anger management skills, and not everyone can attend a physical class due to limitations or restrictions they have either physically, emotionally, or financially”, he continues.

Anger Class Online™ will gladly provide a course preview to any attorney, judge, human resource or court official who would like a demonstration of one of the most comprehensive and professionally developed online anger management class program.

For more information please visit http://www.angerclassonline.com or http://www.ajnovickgroup.com

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Anger Management Treatment:: Love vs. Anger

After teaching anger management classes for over 6 years I have learned that the use of the word "love" and the behavior of "anger" often accompany one another. Many of our anger management participants state that their anger has either destroyed a relationship that was very meaningful to them or it has eroded it to the point that they are fearful it will never return to normal.
Anger is a powerful emotion. It sends us into action and not always in the way we would like. Love is an emotion, but in many ways it is also a behavior. If one would like to show how much they love another, then their behavior is the best indicator of their intent vs. just the words "I love you". In our anger management classes we teach skills to help recognize faulty ways of communicating hostility, especially towards those we love and care about. Most people state that they can be so warm and friendly to those they hardly know and aggressive and hostile to those that mean the most to them.
Learning effective skills in anger management can help improve the way one expresses one of life's most meaningful emotions, love. Remember, if we treat love as a behavior and not just an emotion, then our actions will show how much we care. By behaving badly and then saying, " but I do care about you...." makes those words meaningless. By improving skills in anger management, students of these classes can expect to improve their interpersonal relationships and their lives.

Ari Novick, Ph.D. is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a certified anger management provider for both adults and adolescents. Dr. Novick is also an adjunct professor of psychology at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology.
His corporate website is http://www.ajnovickgroup.com and his innovative online anger management class is available at http://www.angerclassonline.com

Friday, May 28, 2010

Stress management made easy: An anger management tip

Top stress reducing activities one can find immediately benefit from would include:
Stress is something we all can relate to. For most Americans, it permeates the very fabric of our lives. In today's fast paced society, our jobs, family, and world economy are enough to get even the most relaxed a bit stressed out. Below, I have gathered three simple interventions that anyone can use to start reversing some of the stress in their lives.
1. Getting regular exercise. While this might seem so intuitive, it is often overlooked by so many people. Unless you have a medical condition that prohibits exercise or your doctor says "no", getting exercise has almost instant stress relieving properties. My favorite kind of exercise is anything that is fun! Just make sure its 30 minutes or longer and cardiovascular.
2. Make sure you get enough sleep. Sounds easy right? Not really. Lack of sleep causes irritability and a decrease tolerance to stressors. Most adults need about 7-8 hours a night.
3. Watching what you eat. Most Americans drink way to much caffeine for example. Caffeine is like adding fuel to the fire when we are trying to reduce stress. It mimics the stress response in the body and reduces our ability to tolerate normal situations. By watching our caffeine intake we can greatly reduce the physical and psychological symptoms of stress.
Learning skills in stress management can greatly reduce your risk of becoming "stress out" and misbehaving. Believe it or not, stress and anger go hand in hand. By reducing your stress response and stress management you greatly reduce the risk of losing control with either an out of control temper or mercurial behavior.
Want to learn more about stress management? Most people don't realize that anger management classes teach skills in stress management. Learn more by visiting our websites. Getting stress under control is part educational and part behavioral.

Ari Novick, Ph.D. is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a certified anger management provider for both adults and adolescents. Dr. Novick is also an adjunct professor of psychology at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology. His corporate website is http://www.ajnovickgroup.com and his innovative online anger management class is available at http://www.angerclassonline.com

A Guide to Anger Management Programs - Do you have an anger problem? Find out!

A Guide to Anger Management Classes

As one of the leading anger management providers in the nation, I know how difficult it can be to understand how to choose a quality program. Consumers often don't know how to decide if its time to get help or where to turn. Since anger is not considered a psychological disorder it is often misunderstood. While anger is a completely normal emotion, there are several indicators which might tell you if anger is a problem for you. Here is a quick check list:
1. Do you get angry frequently?
2. Does your anger last longer than you'd like it to?
3. Does your angry behavior adversely affect your relationships at home or at work?
4. Is your anger so intense that you feel out of control?
5. Does your anger scare other people?
If you answer to these questions is yes, then you may want to consider attending an anger management class or take a quality online anger management class. Good classes use a structured curriculum and teach empirically validated skills to help change thinking and behavior. Remember, anger management is a class, and it should not be confused with psychotherapy. These classes can be taken one on one, in a group format or online. The choice really depends on your schedule and budget. Quality programs will teach skills in stress management, empathy, assertive communication, expectation management, forgiveness, improving judgment and impulse control, and improving self-talk.
Don't let anger ruin another important relationship. While anger management has often been stigmatized as "punitive" most people will tell you it is far from what they had imagined. Classes should be a fun, upbeat and educational experience. Get the help you need today!

Ari Novick, Ph.D. is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a certified anger management provider for both adults and adolescents. Dr. Novick is also an adjunct professor of psychology at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology. His corporate website is http://www.ajnovickgroup.com and his innovative online anger management class is available at http://www.angerclassonline.com

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Anger Management Classes and Courses

Deciding to take an anger management class can be daunting. While some people take anger management as part of a court ordered requirement others take these programs for personal growth and self-improvement. Most quality programs are structured like a class and teach skills to participants in a variety of areas. Anger management courses typically involve the attendance of weekly sessions, one on one counseling or coaching, or can even be taken in an online format.
Participants can expect to learn skills in areas like assertive communication, emotional intelligence and empathy, improving judgment and impulse control, stress management, forgiveness and expectation management. Understanding these skills on an intellectual level for most people usually isn't the issue. The primary problem that people have in getting the most out of taking an anger class is actually practicing the skills.
Like any skill based task, repetition is key. Similar to learning how to properly swing a golf club, riding a horse, evening playing chess, practice is the way to master the skill. As the old saying goes, "practice makes perfect". Most quality anger management programs will teach the skills necessary to better stay in control and respond more appropriately, but knowing these skills isn't enough. In order to really master anger, so to speak, we must practice the skill enough times so that it becomes second nature.
An example of this might be learning to be more assertive. Properly asserting ourselves involves several components. First, our body language, tone of voice, volume and eye contact must be congruent with what we are saying. The message must include our feeling and a clear description of what we need the other person to do differently. Sounds easy right? Not unless one practices using proper assertive communication many times.
So in order to get the most out of taking an anger management course, remember, practice these skills as much as possible until they become part of who you are.

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