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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

It’s Time for Anger Management in Adult Education

Recently in California, an entire highway was closed as the result of “road rage”. There are daily reports of airport rage, child abuse, spousal abuse, homicide and “dog fighting”. Person and property-directed aggression is not just the “rage”. It is also a public health epidemic nationwide.

Take a look at these stats: More than 2 million people are knifed, shot, or otherwise assaulted each year in the United States. Physical violence between spouses occurs in 1/3 of all households. Each year thousands of children are hurt or killed due to child abuse.

Cock fighting and dog fighting is now being exposed.In spite of this increasing societal problem, there are no organized publicly supported efforts to prevent or stem the tide of the expression of unhealthy anger, rage and aggression.

The time has come for anger management classes in community Adult Education

As the leading provider of anger management/executive coaching in the nation, Anderson & Anderson has been instrumental in assisting in the establishment of anger management classes in two community adult education classes.

In 1998, Grant Union High School (Sacramento, CA.) introduced free anger management classes in its Adult Education School for community residents.

The following year, Compton Unified School District (Compton, CA.) introduced the Anderson & Anderson curriculum in its Adult Education Program. Both of these school districts receive funding from the California State Department of Education. These classes are successful and well received by their respective communities. In spite of this, they have received little media attention and have not been replicated.

The Los Angeles Unified School District, one the largest school districts in the nation, has just launched anger management classes in twelve of its Adult High Schools. These courses will be expanded to the entire district as new providers are certified in the Anderson & Anderson Anger Management model.

Anger management is a cost saving intervention in terms of money, resources and lives. All school districts should incorporate anger management classes into its adult education programs.

George Anderson, MSW, BCD, CAMF, CEAP
Diplomate, American Association of Anger Management Providers
Anderson & Anderson, The Trusted Name in Anger Management


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