Posted by: arijnovick | November 10, 2010

What Length Anger Management Class Should You Take?

What is the optimum length anger management program to begin? This is one of the most common questions we get asked of potential anger management customers who are thinking about registering for a course.  There are several ways to decide what length program is right for you.  Here are a few suggestions to help make your decision:

1. Court Ordered Anger Management Classes: If the court has mandated you to undergo an anger management program, then they usually determine the length, such as an 8 session anger management class or 16 session anger management class.  There are also situations where the court may require a class all the way up to 52 sessions, depending on the circumstances of the offence.  If the probation does not specify the duration, then it is usually up to the the anger management professional to decide how long the course should last.

2. Self Referred Anger Management Classes: If you have taken it upon yourself to register for an anger management class, then the provider will usually tell you how long of a program they recommend.  Most anger management classes average between eight and twelve sessions or hours in length.  Some providers will require a pre-assessment at the onset of the anger course to let you know areas to focus on during the training.  This is sometimes helpful to determine which areas should be the point of focus during the class.  Those customers in a group class or online class may want to take a simple online anger management assessment The results may also help you better understand your anger and what needs to be done about it.  While the assessments are useful, ultimately taking a ongoing anger management class would be recommended whether you score high or low in any area.  Anger classes cover skills that almost anyone can immediately benefit from, even if there are areas that you already possess a high degree of skill.

3. Work or Significant other Referrals: There are times when ones employer may refer to an anger management class due to an employee exhibiting unruly behavior.  Such classes can be taken in a group format, online, or through one/one anger management coaching.  Similarly, significant others sometimes refer their partners to anger management due problems in the relationship that have caused distress.  Similar to the self-referred client, most anger management classes run about eight to twelve sessions total.  While more classes might be helpful, most curricula can be completed in this length of time.

Anger management is a journey in self-awareness and change.  Don’t let your anger ruin another important relationship, job or social situation.  Classes are easily found on the internet but choose a quality and trusted anger class online site or find a local provider in your area.

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