By David Morgan, LCSW-R, CAMF
September 9, 2016
Anger Management is not Psychotherapy
Anger Management is a skills based class or program in which participants learn practical tools to effectively manage their anger through the use of a curriculum or workbook. Many clinicians in private practice advertise that they provide anger management when in fact they are providing psychotherapy. Anger Management providers have special training and are certified in Anger Management. Anger is an emotion and rage or aggression is a learned behavior rather than a mental disorder. Anger is not a medical diagnosis and anger management is not psychotherapy; therefore, it is not covered by health insurance. Many studies show that psychotherapy alone does not help improve Anger Management.
Types of Anger Management Services:
- Executive Coaching (one on one session)
- Group Classes
- One Day Workshops (typically provides an overview of Anger Management skills)
- Skype Sessions (provides 1:1 distance learning for individuals that are unable to make it to the office due to a busy schedule or special circumstances.)
- Online Programs (an online program may give you an overview of Anger Management, but is not recommended if your goal is to master these skills.
5 things to look for when choosing a program:
- Make sure the program or provider is certified.
- The program should utilize a workbook or curriculum.
- The program length should be at least 12 hours.
- There should be a Pre and Post assessment to show skill mastery and program effectiveness.
- If the program accepts insurance it should serve as a red flag that they are providing psychotherapy and NOT Anger Management. The classes should be skilled based.
Skills participants will learn in Anger Management:
- Stress management techniques
- Communication skills
- Emotional Intelligence enhancement
- Anger management techniques
- Better understanding of self and others
- Improved problem solving and decision making
- Improved self control, empathy and compassion
- Improved impulse control
David Morgan, LCSW-R, CAMF is the director of Long Island Anger Management, Inc. He is a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years experience in private practice. He has worked in a major Hospital on the psychiatric in-patient unit and in the psychiatric emergency room. He has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with major psychiatric and substance abuse disorders in both the acute and clinical settings. In addition, he has worked in the public school system developing programs and facilitating groups for children and adolescents on a wide variety of topics. He is licensed by New York State to provide clinical psychotherapy and he has helped many people achieve their goals over the years. He is a certified anger management provider and has extensive training in anger management. He has just co-authored an anger management workbook, Managing Our Anger, Managing Our Lives, which is expected to be published in spring of 2016.