Certified Anger Management Specialist
Peter has been certified by the National Anger Management Association (NAMA) as a Certified Anger Management Specialist (CAMS). This specialized credential is a clinical certification based upon completion of a program sponsored by NAMA. This program provides an understanding of:
- Anger Problems
- The Nature of Anger
- Management Skills and Concepts
- Utilization of a Log and the Role of Trigger Thoughts
- Preparing for Stressful Situations and Potential Responses
- Cognitive Distortions
- The Role of Communication and Assertiveness
- The Role of Empathy
- The Role of Stress
- The Role of Consequences
Everyone is entitled to their feelings, but with that entitlement comes the responsibility to communicate it properly. Explosive bouts, insults, and physical violence are too often the result of poor behavior management skills.
Ironically, the louder we speak, the less likely we are to be heard. Poor emotional regulation can affect relationships, employment, and even bring about arrest or incarceration.
I am often referred to couples who have ongoing anger issues, and they frequently seek help at the point where one partner just can’t take it any longer. I also see patients whose job is threatened by their angry, inappropriate interactions with staff, superiors, or subordinates.
And I’ve worked with patients who have gotten into legal trouble because of violent outbursts. Overreactability and physical abuse are often learned behavior that can reflect a history of being verbally or physically abused.
A common diagnosis for people with anger issues is intermittent explosive disorder—explosive eruptions occur suddenly, with little or no warning, and usually last less than 30 minutes.
These episodes may occur frequently or be separated by weeks or months of nonaggression. Less severe verbal outbursts may occur in between episodes of physical aggression. A person may be irritable, impulsive, aggressive, or chronically angry most of the time. The condition is likely to worsen if not treated.
The ability to manage one’s anger involves the learning of triggers for the explosive bouts, coping mechanisms for situations that may prompt such bouts, and learning alternative behaviors that are both non-threatening and effective ways to communicate emotion before it becomes rage or violence.
Source: Psychology Today