Monday, October 20, 2008

World Class Online Anger Management Classes and Distance Learning Programs

The AJ Novick Group has been a leader in the field of anger management since 2003. We offer both live in person anger management classes as well as online and home study courses for those that do not have access to a live program, or for those who can not take time away from work or a busy schedule to attend.

Our online anger management classes are the industry leader for taking an anger management program online and are sought out by attorneys, social service agencies, corporations and individuals. Our course curriculum is one of the finest available, developed by licensed psychotherapists, and our programs are also the most widely accepted online courses in the nation. Our internet courses utilize an interactive format with creative content, completely self-paced, convenient 24/7 access, streaming videos, and much more. All programs come with an instant downloadable “proof of enrollment” form as well as a “certificate of completion” when the program is finished. Our programs are also a cost effective way to take the highest quality anger management program available on the internet.

Alternatively, for those that do not have good computer access or simply do not like to look at a monitor we offer our same live anger management class but in a “home study” format. The program is shipped via USPS priority mail in printed form. In comes complete with our client workbook, “Anger Management in the Twenty-First Century”, DVD’s, self-assessments, instructions, proof of enrollment, and other related materials. As with our online programs, our home study anger management classes are also competitively priced and easy to use.

For more information please contact our office:

Ari Novick, Ph.D.
AJ Novick Group, Inc. - Anger Management
Anger Class Online - Online Anger Management Classes

Friday, September 19, 2008

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Anger?

Whether you are a employer seeking anger management program for an employee or an individual seeking an anger management class for yourself or a loved one it is important to understand some of the signs and symptoms of an “anger problem”.

While there is no diagnosis for “anger management”, we must look at anger similarly to other psychological conditions which cause problems in functioning. Here is a quick list of items which may indicate an anger management problem:

1. Is the anger causing significant problems maintaining relationships?
2. Is the anger causing significant problems maintaining ones occupation or employment?
3. Does the anger last a long time, and is the frequency and duration consistent?
4. Do others notice or comment on your anger, and is there a pattern to your anger
5. Does the anger interfere with ones ability to function in daily life tasks, such as driving, being in crowded public places, etc.
6. Does the anger cause significant impairment not otherwise caused by outside influences such as drugs or alcohol?

For information on our Anger Management Classes or Coaching or for our Online Anger Management Classes, please click these links.

Ari Novick, Ph.D.
AJ Novick Group, Inc. - Anger Management
949 715-2694

Monday, August 18, 2008

Anger Class Online- What Customers Say

After almost two years as the leading online provider of anger management classes, we have received countless testimonials from our customers. We receive this feedback through the survey we use at the end of our program. Here are just some of the reviews of our world class online anger management class:

"Thank you so much for providing such a quality course. I was told my by employer if I didn't get my anger under control, I might be let go. I learned so much from this program and feel I will be a better person. Thank you Dr. Novick!" Tim K.- San Diego, CA

"When I was looking on the internet trying to find an anger management class, it was hard to tell who was legitimate and who was not. Anger Class Online was the real thing. The 8 tools I learned were so helpful. I even bought the book when I was done so I could show my wife. I had to do this for a court order, but it was so worth it!" Bill P.- Austin, TX

"I travel extensively for my work, so trying to attend a class on any kind of regular basis is nearly impossible. These online anger classes fit perfectly for my schedule, and, to my surprise, I learned so much about how to improve my anger and communication. While the court required that I do this class, I wish I had taken something like this back in high school or junior high." Jennifer L.- Orlando, FL

"After I got the court order to take anger management classes I was so nervous. I didn't know what to expect. Taking my class online was so much fun. I have taken many classes online over the last few years and this program was very sophisticated and presented professionally. I learned skills I never realized would be so important. I highly recommend this anger management program to anyone wanting to improve their skills." Denise R. - Boston, MA

"As a Human Resource director I needed to find a program my employees could take and we couuld monitor the progress and administer the classes. This was exactly what we were lookinfg for, and our staff loved the program. Thanks for providing such a quality service for businesses". Parker G.- San Francisco, CA

For more information on our online anger management classes, visit our website at www.angerclassonline.com or call our office at 949 715-2694

Ari Novick, Ph.D.
AJ Novick Group, Inc. - Anger Management

Monday, July 21, 2008

Anger Management Classes Online- The Wave of the Future

Why take an anger management class online? Why not? Quality online anger management classes are set up very much the same way any good distance learning program is designed. This is why schools like UCLA, University of Phoenix, Argosy, and hundreds of others have created online courses. They offer the same content as their live counterparts but in an online format.

Online and distance learning education is relatively new, particularly in mental health. Many are unfamiliar with how an online course works and whether or not it is just as effective. While I can not speak for every online anger management course provider, I can say that our online programs available through Anger Class Online are comprehensive, well designed, and ensure quality learning. All participants are required to view content (same as our live classes), short videos, audio, quizzes and exams. There are very few live programs which actually require the participant to pass quizzes in order to receive their certificate of completion. While we do not want to make the barrier to completion difficult, we also feel participants of our classes should be treated like a student, and students much understand the material in order to pass.

Our online anger management classes are well suited for those with a court or legal requirement as well as those who want to deepen their skills in anger and stress management for personal growth.

For more information, please contact our websites below.

Ari Novick, Ph.D.
Anger Class Online- Online Anger Management Classes
AJ Novick Group- Anger Management

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Top 8 Reasons to take an Anger Management Class

The AJ Novick Group has been one of the leading providers of anger management classes for over 5 years. We get referrals for all types of reasons and would like to share why we see people seeking out anger management.

1. They were told by a loved one that their anger scares them

2. They were given a court order by a judge and must take the course

3. They felt taking an anger management class might save their marriage

4. They believe that learning anger management skills might help them keep their job

5. Taking the class was a condition of the their continued employment

6. Couples coming together to learn skills to improve their relationship

7. H.R. manager wanting an executive to take a course as a preventative intervention

8. The individual came to their own realization that the behavior and communication style they use is not working

While taking an anger management class is not the solution to all relationship oriented problems, these courses will teach skills to help improve ones interpersonal skills.

For more information on our Online Anger Management Classes or Live Anger Management Classes, please click on the above links on contact our office.

Ari Novick, Ph.D.
AJ Novick Group, Inc.
Anger Class Online
949 715-2694

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Need to take a Court Ordered Anger Management Class?


Often, anger management classes can be court ordered. Court ordered anger classes are typically mandated due to some type of altercation, most frequently interpersonal. Anger management classes are usually sentenced to an individual for misdemeanor crimes such as simply battery charge, disturbing the peace, or something similar.

Anger management should not be confused with Domestic Violence classes, which almost always are the result of a violent act between a man and a woman or involving children. Anger management, on the contrary, usually has to do with someone loosing their temper and becoming violent or destructive towards someone else or property. Examples of this might be a bar fight, a verbal dispute where the police where called, or cases of destruction of property.

The judge will often require a court ordered anger management class instead serving jail time for the offense. This is a good idea, as spending time in jail does not teach the skills necessary to cope better with ones life in the future.

A quality anger management class should teach skills in assertive communication, empathy and emotional awareness, improving judgment and impulse control, forgiveness, staying calm, improving self-talk, and stress management. A good court approved anger management course should require the participant to comprehend the material and should use a structured curriculum and model.

Anger management classes, while often viewed as punitive by the one required to take the class, may be the saving grace for them in the long run. Anger management classes teach skills to help improve interpersonal relationships. If you were court ordered or you know someone that was court ordered to take an anger management program, it may just be the best thing that has happened to them!

For more information on our anger management classes or online anger management classes, please click the links above or contact our office at 949 715-2694

Ari Novick, Ph.D., LMFT
AJ Novick Group- Anger Management

Warning Signs for Anger Management

It is often hard to tell when we need to take action against our potentially angry feelings and impulsively. Anger can have extremely damaging effects on our relationships with others and many people say their "bad" behavior happened so fast that they don't even remember doing or saying what they did until it was too late. Below is a list of common "Warning Signs" that might help in better recognizing when an explosive episode is nearing.

Warning Signs

· Feeling overwhelmed during an argument

· Raising voice to an usual level

· Feeling out of control with their temper

· Feeling so much negativity that have difficulty focusing on your thoughts

· Things getting out of hand quickly during discussion

· Inability to think straight when starting to feel hostile

· Thinking to yourself “why can’t I talk more logically?”

· Feel like running during your fights

· Small issues suddenly becoming big ones

· Inability to calm self down during the argument

· Heart racing

· Muscles tensing

If you are experiencing any of the above, this might be a good time to take a look at how to improve your coping skills for anger and stress. Taking an anger management class may be one effective approach for learning new tools for improving your skills in better controlling one of life's most difficult emotions, anger.

Ari Novick, Ph.D.
AJ Novick Group- Anger Management Classes
Anger Class Online- Online Anger Management Classes

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

When Should a Live or Online Anger Management Class be taken?

As one of the leading providers on both live and online anger management classes, this question often gets asked by prospective consumers to our programs. There are some fundamental differences between live and online anger management courses. These differences are both in the delivery of the programs as well as the techniques used to teach the material.

The first thing to consider is whether or not an anger management class is the appropriate intervention for ones particular situation. While we offer both court approved anger management classes as well as classes for corporate executives, couples and families, there are varying reasons to attend. Some individuals attend classes because they have been mandated to do so by either the court or probation, while other may have been refereed by their employer, spouse or family member.

Anger management is a class; it is not psychotherapy or a substitute for medical advice. Anger management should teach skills or tools to participants in areas such as: communication and listening, emotional and social awareness, empathy, improving judgment and impulse control, forgiveness, expectation management, stress management, and a variety of other interventions. If this is not what you were expecting in an anger management class, then you may need to get a referral from your local provider to a more appropriate environment.

Live anger management classes are well suited for those that have schedules that allow themselves to attend a weekly class at the same time each week. I recently had a judge give me this definition: “A live class is defined by a class or program where you are physically at the office location of anger management provider”. Live classes should be taken by a qualified anger management professional or psychotherapist with specialized training in anger management. Some of the advantages of a live class include feedback from other participants, and weekly intervals to practice skills taught in the class.

Online anger management classes
are best suited for those that may have a difficult time attending a live class due to a busy work schedule or other family commitments that do no permit them to attend a standing weekly class. An online class is defined by a class that is taken over the Internet through the use of a computer. Online classes are deemed “interactive” when there are either tests or quizzes, chat or forums, video or audio, or a combination of any of these. Online classes, such as the ones we offer at AngerClassOnline.com, are the most accepted and recognized online anger management classes in the nation. Online programs should allow students to access them at varying times throughout the day or night from any internet based computer. Classes should be effective, affordable, and allow flexibility for the participant to take the classes when it is convenient for them.

Ari Novick, Ph.D.
AJ Novick Group, Inc.- Anger Management
Anger Class Online – Online Anger Management Classes

Monday, June 16, 2008

How Online Anger Management Classes Work

The AJ Novick Group's, Anger Class Online is the standard of excellence in online anger management classes throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. With the advances of technology we have been able to develop and create the highest quality learning experience while still maintaining the integrity of our anger management model and curriculum.

Unlike many other online programs, which are simply just requiring the user the download PDF's or they must be present at certain times during the day for chat's or videos, our online programs are interactive and available 24 hours a day. Anger Class Online uses a combination of content, videos, short quizzes and a new "smart" technology that requires the participant to actually learn, by reteaching material that the participant doesn't understand.

Anger Class Online is the best and most high quality truly online anger management program of its kind. It have been accepted by courts, probation departments, social service agencies and corporations throughout the country. It is ideal for those needing to take a class as part of a court or probation requirement, at the request of their employer, or simply to improve relationships with loved ones. For questions about any of our programs, a real live person can speak with you to answer any questions. A sample of the our programs as well as a course syllabus may be requested at no cost to any court official, judge or H.R. manager. Please call our office at (949) 715-2694.

Ari Novick, Ph.D., LMFT
AJ Novick Group- Anger Management
Anger Class Online

Friday, June 13, 2008

Anger Management Classes- They could save important relationships

By: Ari Novick, Ph.D., LMFT

Anger is one emotion we all have. For some of us anger is the primary way we express our needs when we get upset. What is interesting about anger is that it is usually a response to some other emotion we are having. Really give it some thought. Think about the last time you were really upset. Were you upset because someone hurt your feelings? Perhaps it was because you felt blamed or were minimized? Anger is usually a secondary response on the “emotional food chain”. There is usually some other emotion that precedes it. Learning to understand our true feelings that get masked by anger is the first way to understand how we can express our anger more effectively.

Taking a class in anger management can be really helpful. Anger management classes are not just for people that broke the law and get sent by the courts. Anger management classes are used by corporations, managers, law offices, school personal, families and volunteer. Most good anger management classes teach skills that many of us just don’t learn in school or in life. You will learn better ways of communicating so that your true feelings and needs get expressed.

Most anger management classes teach skills in assertiveness. Learning to be assertive will help get your feeling, needs, and mood expressed in the most appropriate way. When we speak assertively, we do it in a reasonable tone, we don’t use profanity, we make good eye contact, and we feel good about ourselves. The opposite of being assertive is being aggressive, passive-aggressive or just passive.

You will also learn ways to reduce stress. When we reduce stress we feel better. We also help increase our life expectancy because high levels of stress over prolong period of time can have damaging effects to our bodies (and our minds). Anger management classes will often teach you the skills you need to identify and mange stress in ways you never thought possible.

Most anger management classes also teach skills in increasing our empathy. When we increase our empathy we are better able understand the feelings other people might be experiencing. Becoming more empathic gives us the ability to not get as frustrated with others and have better insight into our own feelings. Many anger management classes teach these skills. They are valuable because they help us become better working with others as well as having stronger more rewarding relationships.

Other important areas to look for when taking a anger management class include skills in forgiveness, improving self-talk and optimism, learning to respond instead of react, and improving judgment and impulse control. These important skills should be taught in an quality anger management program.
The bottom line is, don’t wait to have anger ruin a valued relationship. Anger is an emotion that can be understood. Bad behavior can be unlearned and replaced with more positive and appropriate actions. The more you can understand about your own anger the faster you will be able to do something about it. Most people let anger control their lives. In many cases anger has ruined lives by destroying relationships and dissolving partnerships. Learning skills in an anger management class could change your life for the better. Enroll in a class and try it out. Getting the help you need could save you more than realize.

About the Author:

Dr. Ari Novick is the founder of AJ Novick Group, a leading provider of anger management classes and training. He is the co-author of two popular client workbooks in anger management and is an adjunct faculty member at Pepperdine University. Visit www.ajnovickgroup.com for more information on their live programs and www.angerclassonline.com for their online anger management classes.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Top 5 Angriest Cities in the US

Anger Class Online has spent a lot of time studying anger trends throughout the country. And now we've compiled a list of the top 5 angriest cities in the country. We came up with our numbers through a number of sources. First, we looked at violent crime statistics, a key indicator in populace anger, courtesy of the FBI Uniform Crime Reports. Then we looked at road range incidents, another key indicator. Finally we looked at AngerClassOnline.com's own sales statistics to see which areas were the biggest purchasers of anger management products are located. Here's what we came up with:


#5. Orlando, FL

Orlando is the home to the world famous "happiest place on earth" and many other popular tourist attractions including Universal Studios, Sea World, Gatorland, and many others. It is host to over 50 million visitors every year. And as a result it's unemployment rate is half the national average. So it shouldn't be a very angry place.

But the crime statistics speak otherwise. Not only does Orlando's violent crime rate 2.8 times the national average, but the aggravated assulat rate is 3.2 times the national average. Although not the highest road rage city in our study it is the highest road rage state. The next highest state being New York.


#4. Johnson, AR

Never heard of it? Another average city in the midwest? Quiet and rural? Maybe. But it's got one statistic going for it. Johnson is the #1 city for road rage in the U.S. So if you're passing through town, the best advice I can give you is drive defensively and no rude gestures to your fellow drivers.


#3. Los Angeles, CA

Another popular tourist destination and home to the entertainment industry. With all the glamour and sunshine, who could possibly be angry here? There is a dark side here. With the city being so spread out, it is the #1 most congested city in the U.S. (second only to San Francisco). With all that congestion, road rage is a real problem here. Los Angeles ranks as the #4 road rage city in the country. And Los Angeles does have its fare share of crime. The city's violent crime rate is 2.1 times the national average.

While L.A. is a wealthy city, the disparity between the "haves" and the "have nots" is extreme. The average house costs around half a million dollars making it one of the top ten least affordable cities in the country.

No wonder that Los Angeles is the "home" of anger management with the most anger management providers of any city in the country.


#2 St. Louis, MO

We all know St. Louis for its beautiful iconic St. Louis Gateway Arch which spans the Mississippi River. It is also home to such institutions as the St. Louis Cardinals and the Anheuser-Busch Brewery.

Unfortunately, it is also the top city in the country for violent crime, with crime 3.1 times the national average. And don't forget to lock you car, because it is 5.2 times more likely to get stolen than any other place in the country.


#1 Detroit, MI

The hub of auto industry, Detroit has ridden car manufactures rise in the 20th century and subsequent fall in the face of international competition. Economics probably have the most to do with making Detroit the angriest city in the country. Although not the top city for all violent crime, it's murder rate is over 5 times the national average. Plus the arson rate is a shocking 6.3 times the national average.

Type "Detroit anger" into google and you'll get over 432,000 results. Even the sports fans get involved. Remember the brawl between the NBA Pacers and the Pistons in 1994? Or the riots after the Detroit Tigers won the World Series in 1984? This is a city that needs better times.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Top 10 Things that Make People Angry!

On a recent survey offered by our office, listed below are the top 10 reasons people say they get "pissed off and angry":

10. People who drive like idiots, especially those that slow down to look at something going on on the other side of the freeway

9. People who use their text messaging while their having a conversation with you. How insulting is that?

8. People who talk during the movies. What gives? Like, can you be quite for 2 hours without talking?

7. Companies that make you scroll through a zillion options before you can speak to a live person. By the time you get to the live person, your ready to freak out.

6. People who smoke. Come on, can you pick a more disgusting bad habit.

5. People who pass gas on a crowded public elevator. They know they did it, yet they know they can get away with it without being caught. Come on people, find a bathroom or go outside in the fresh air.

4. Gossip. I think that just speaks for itself. Find something real to talk about.

3. Large SUV's with just a driver and no passengers. Do you really need that Escalade? No social conscious here...

2. People who are rude. There is just no good reason for being rude. Are you the one that cuts in line, pulls into a parking spot out of turn, or guilty of #5 above? Get some manners!

1. The number one reason on our survey that makes people mad? Themselves. They allow themselves to get mad and pissed off, when in fact getting mad is a choice!

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