Anger management courses are usually taken at the order of the court system as a result of domestic violence or assault charges. Most often, it is men that are ordered into these classes, as they are the more aggressive sex. It is a beneficial course to take for men or women who have a lack of control over their temper.
Classes taken for this purpose focus on bringing back stability to an unstable temper. People can have bad tempers because of their genetics, their upbringing or a basic personality trait that is unique to them. They may have a mental disorder that makes it difficult to stay calm. They might also have an addiction to drugs or alcohol that they must work on at the same time. All of these are legitimate reasons to take a class like this.
These classes are designed to help people get through rough patches without losing control. They are taught to recognize what might trigger them to lose control and to avoid those situations. If they are addicted to alcohol or drugs, they will need to quit or any classes they take for their anger will be pointless. These classes are meant to teach the person they can love themselves and take care of themselves. They cannot be ‘dependent’ on alcohol or drugs and love themselves at the same time.
Group therapy is typically the format used for these classes. The person suffering is grouped together with others who have shared the same type of experiences. Qualified therapists are in charge of the sessions, leading and encouraging the group to open up and tell their stories.
After a discussion period, the therapist will usually have a period of lecturing where he or she will give advice to members of the group and help them build the kind of coping skills they can take with them out into the world. It is very important that the therapist give the members a chance to learn these skills so they can use them outside the group atmosphere.
The therapist will help members gradually come to realize how their behavior has affected their lives in negative ways. They may have lost a job, a spouse or ended up in jail because of their temper. During the course, they will learn to reign it in and control themselves.
They will have to pay for the class, even if the course is ordered by the court. Payment arrangements can sometimes be made if the person is not able to pay for all of it at once.
Generally, any court ordered anger management courses that a person must complete will last 6 to 12 weeks long.