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When are Anger Management Classes required for a Court Order?

Anger management classes are taken for a variety of reasons.  Sometimes they are taken for personal growth, other times they are taken because the court required the class.  Anger classes are also sometimes taken prior to a court order to show the court that one is taking proactive steps to remedy a problem before an order is handed down.

Most judges who require court ordered anger management classes will specify the duration of the class, such as an 8, 12, 16, 26 session class, etc.  If the court did not specify, then we recommend contacting the court or your local probation department for clarification.  If you still can't get an answer, then taking a class around 8 or 12 sessions is fairly typical and common.

Whether you are taking the class for a court requirement or simply for personal growth, anger management classes are a great way to gain new skills to help internpersonal relationships.  Take advance of the opportunity and enbrace the situation.  You might be pleasantly surprised at when you learn.


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Find An Anger Management Class Online in Your State, but Beware.

It can often be difficult to find online anger management classes in your state.  Sometimes a simple Google search for "anger management class in 'your state'" can work really well.  In other cases finding a location near you might be really difficult.

Considering taking an online anger management class is often a very viable alternative to an in person class because you don't have travel long distances to find a class or have to leave work early to rush off to a class.  Before just randomly picking a class from the Internet it is best to evaluate if the online class you are considering is legitimate.  Unfortunately, the internet has been flooded with classes for everything from online degrees to online music classes.  Anger management programs on the internet can vary greatly. 

Here are few things to consider and ask before signing up.

1. Make sure the provider is licensed and/or certified to offer anger management classes.  Many websites do not even provide the contact information of the provider or credentials of any kind, and many of the programs are offered by individuals who have no training at all in anger management. Run from these programs.

2. Contact your local court and find out if a distance learning program will meet your specific requirements for anger education.  Contrary to popular belief, many state courts will allow an online class, but most require approval first.  They might want to verify the licensure of the provider, see a sample of their curriculum, or even demo the class.  A quality program should be able to do all of these quickly and easily.

3. Ask for a copy of the providers curriculum, ask who wrote it and how it was developed.  Does it have any approvals and who uses it?

4. Find out if your court has accepted their program in the past and ask for proof.  Customer information is confidential, but court case information is public record.

5. Don't let price seduce you into thinking the class is legitimate.  Like used cars sales, unfortunately many online providers think by selling cheap classes they are improving the credibility of online anger management.  Quality programs take time and energy to develop, they also are backed by a real credentialed person who can contact the court on your behalf if needed and provide the documentation you may need for your case.  Like an in person class, online courses need to provide progress reports and be accessible to probation and law enforcement.  This will be difficult in the absence of contact information and lack of training.  You get what you pay for.

For a list of our anger management classes online by state, see our links below:

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A personal Experience with Online Anger Management Classes

We receive testimonials frequently through the use of our online anger management course evaluation form.  I post testimonials that I find interesting or particularly interesting.  Here is one that came in today.

“Dr. Novick, thank you for developing such a great online anger management class program.  I recently completed a full 10 week program that was set up in a group format, and quite honestly, was disappointed. My wife suggested that I try another program out, so I did some research on the Internet and found your online anger management class.  I figured I would take the risk and see what an online class would be like.  To my surprise, I found your course incredibly helpful.  I even had my wife sit down with me and go through some of the chapters together.

Some of the highlights for me were the sections on how to be a better communicator and having more empathy towards others.  Those topics really hit home.    While I was taking this class for both personal reasons and a court requirement, I found the customer service exceptional.  I received personal phone calls from Dr. Novick directly and my case was dismissed after turning in my certificate as my last court hearing.  You have a great program and I would highly recommend anyone wanting or needing to take an anger management class, take the class through Dr. Novick’s website at Anger Class Online.  While I am a resident of Florida, I see from your website you also offer anger management classes in southern California.  I’m sure those are worth checking out too!  Thanks again.”

Corporations Need Anger Management Training

Here is a recent email that came to our office.  It is a perfect example of why corporate online anger management classes or in person Executive Coaching in anger management for small or large businesses are so important in helping improve business productively and moral.

"So the reason I'm inquiring is actually for my older brother. He and I run the family business and I am having to deal with him yelling and cussing out our employees and customers on a pretty consistent basis. The other factor is I'm 16 years younger than him and he reports to me. He and my dad got into a huge fight where my brother ended up throwing a plastic chair across the room. That, combined with poor financial results, caused my dad to replace him with me. Surprisingly, this didn't affect our relationship and in a way I think he was relieved.

Fast forward three years and the company is much healthier but I think he still has a lot of problems controlling his temper. He usually had a valid reason for being upset, however, his reaction is often so abrupt, loud, and angry his point is lost and people focus on his reaction rather than trying to listen to what he's saying. Most of the people that report directly to him are afraid to talk to him because they don't know which person will respond. There are times when he is compassionate and understanding. There are times when he will belittle people. There are also times that he will fly off the handle and scream, cuss, and rant.

For whatever reason I didn't inherit this jean and I'm pretty patient and calm so once he loses it on someone they come to me to vent. At this point I realize I'm in a no-win situation. He's not a normal employee that I can discipline or fire as we'll still be eating Thanksgiving dinner every year. I also realize I cannot grow this business to its full potential with him acting this way. We have lost customers and good employees due to his behavior.

My question is: how do I convince him to at least give your program a try?

Our response:
"I understand your situation well.  I have seen many family business owners over the years and this is a common problem.  I think if he is willing to recognize that his behavior is actually effecting the bottom line of the business as well as productively and moral he might be willing to take a look at his part in the problem.  I would not position the counseling as psychotherapy, but rather corporate or executive coaching.  The work that I would do with him would be educational in nature and would not pathologize him the way therapy might.  The work would include both a pre and post evaluation to access his skills and is non psychological.

Additionally,  I would be more than happy to help him/you.  I often do my work on-site (if he doesn't want to come to my office), so this is an option.  We could also set up a consultation with the three of us to talk about the kind of work that I do and how it might benefit everyone if that is an easier angle.  My contact information is below.

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

New Years Resolutions: Tips for Anger Management

As we enter a new year, I would like to highlight some of the most important skills almost anyone could benefit from in their life.  One of the things I like most about the new year is that we can start fresh.  That is, take inventory of the things we want to change and then put into practice those life modifications.

As a big believer in the power of anger management classes, I have several tips that almost anyone can find useful. While you can learn these skills on your own, I highly recommend finding a structured class or quality online anger management course to really get the best understanding of how these powerful interventions work:

Tip 1: Learn how to reduce stress.  Learn the basics of stress management which includes increasing exercise, improving diet, getting proper rest, and incorporating relaxation or meditation.  Other stress management skills include better boundary setting with others, improving time management skills, learning to say "no", and taking time off.

Tip 2: Have more empathy.  Empathy is the ability to sense the emotions of others and be able to relate to others in a way that lets them know you understand how they feel.  Content is less important than process.  That is, don't focus on what is being discussed but rather on the emotional content of the person you are having the dialog with.  Increased empathy makes us feel more connected to others and increases interpersonal relationships.

3. Communication is King.  Learning how to communicate more assertively will certainly make a difference in the quality of ones interactions with others.  Move away from being passive, avoidant, hostile, critical, contemptuous or sarcastic.  Learning how to communicate your feelings and needs appropriately yields much better results.

Anger control is a journey in self growth.  Getting help is simply a matter of motivation and time.  Is there any reason to wait?