What makes a great anger management class? Anger classes can vary greatly, both in terms of content, but also in delivery. Both of these elements need to be considered when choosing an anger course. You can have great content, but if the delivery method is terrible, it will make it difficult to learn.
Have you ever had an instructor that was so boring teaching your class? It wouldn’t matter how wonderful the material was, if you can’t connect with how the materials are being presented, boredom sets in fast. Anger management instruction is much the same. Presentation makes a huge difference.
Anger management classes are typically taught one of 3 ways.
1. Offered in a group environment
2. Seen 1/1 or in an executive coaching format
3. Taught in an online class
In a group setting, the instructor should be a trained and certified anger management professional or a licensed psychotherapist with training in anger. He or she should be able to present the material in a way that aligns with audience. If the group is homogeneous, such as a group of corporate executives, then the language and examples can be more complex and intellectual. If the group is comprised of high school age teens, then the tone and content would need to be adjusted to fit this audience. An anger control class should be fun, uplifting, interesting and engaging. The content needs to be from a reliable and tested program.
One on one coaching should be an engaging and didactic experience where the student and instructor are working close together on very specific skills. One on one coaching sessions in will often start with a through client assessment. This will help determine where the client needs to focus his or her efforts. This might be in areas such as communication, stress management, empathy, or expectation management.
Finally, anger classes can also be taken in an online format. These programs should be carefully reviewed. Take a program from a reputable provider with listed credentials. Advantages include 24 hour access to the class, a self-paced environment, and the ability to plan course time around ones schedule. Quality online courses will teach the same concepts from a live class, but are delivered in a format that is user friendly and easy to understand.
Regardless of the format, finding the right anger management course can be challenging. Just create a checklist of the things that are important to you, then seek out a program that matches those objectives.
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.
He is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a certified anger management provider for both adults and adolescents. Click here for more information on live or in person Anger Management Classes