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

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