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If someone or some situation has pushed your buttons to the point where your anger has driven you to cause injury or fear in someone resulting in you having been charged with an offence it is very likely that you will be ordered to do an anger management course by the Court.
If you have come to the notice of Child Safety and your angry behaviour is considered to impact negatively on your children it is likely your children will be removed from your custody and you will be ordered to do an anger management course.
I have had many clients who have completed anger management programs in prison and else where in the past who have said the programs were a waste of time.
After completing the Compassion Core Value program the vast majority of them have said that it was the best program that they have ever attended and that everyone should do the program even if they do not have an anger problem.
Both Corrective Services and Child Safety have referred many clients to the Compassion Core Value Program over the last several years.
At first when I was ordered to do this programme, I thought crap!! Why am I being forced to do this I do not have an anger problem. Already I can see the benefits. I have always thought myself getting angry was because of what other people did and that it I only got Angry when people pushed my buttons.
Now I can see it is because of the hurt that I feel. In saying that I can honestly say I have Never ever hit or been violent towards a woman or child in my life, but I have been angry, and it has certainly stemmed from being Hurt, very hurt.
I am already looking forward to the rest of this programme and thank you Denis for the opportunity; I will certainly be recommending it to others.
Thanks for that,
John C. Queensland March 2010
I offer two programs to help you effectively deal with anger and domestic violence. You will receive a completion certificate if all the session and homework has been completed satisfactorily.
I have resisted owning a dog all my adult life for various reasons, but mainly because I did not want the responsibility of looking after it. Well I finally succumbed to the idea when my partner arrived home from work recently and said that a colleague’s dog had pups on Christmas day and they were going to put them down and she would like to have one. I went through all my usual reservations about owning a dog, but finally agreed to have one of the dogs.
Well we went to this colleague’s house a few weeks ago to have a look and made our pick of the litter, a beautiful male pup we named Jack. It had been amazing watching him fitting into his new home, how much trust he has placed in us, and how attached we have all become. He cries like a baby if his feelings are hurt, he follows us around all day and just loves lots of attention and play. He is almost house trained already and will sit on command. He gives so much unconditional love.
He has grown about three times his size since we bought him home. On Saturday we took him to Noosa to visit my son, his partner and grand daughters. The girls were looking forward to seeing the new puppy.
It is about one and a half hour drive and Jack was not impressed with the idea of travelling in the car. We made frequent stops and gave him lots of re-assurance. He had a great time when we arrived playing with the children. He loved all the attention. On our return home Jack was completely worn out and slept on my knee most of the way home.
There was a happy ending for the rest of the litter. All the pups were found a good home and someone to love them.
This is an article by Calvin Sandborn. He contacted me after visiting my website. His writings about anger and abuse is exactly what my anger management program effectively deals with. Please read the article and see if it fits for you.
This article is reproduced with the permission of Calvin Sandborn.
By Calvin Sandborn December 6, 2008
"Real men cry bullets instead of tears."
My sister was murdered by a stranger in 1979. So on the National Day of Action on Violence against Women I ask myself, "What can a man do?"
Marc Lepine was clearly crazy. And the men who carried out the Mumbai terrorist attacks were fanatics too. But male anger and violence is embedded in our culture --from Alec Baldwin's tirade at his 11-year-old daughter to the local Starbucks customer who vents on a sales clerk; from your dad's slow burn at Thanksgiving dinner to Stephen Harper's slow burn in Parliament; from Rush Limbaugh's tantrums on network radio to the hockey coach's tantrum at a kids' game. What can we do about this pervasive anger?
Demanding that men feel a politically correct "gender guilt" probably won't change much. But here's an action that could really change things --men need to learn to love themselves.
Scratch an angry man, and you'll find a man who is angry at himself, cruel to himself. Too often, men have learned from their fathers to be harsh to themselves. Queen Elizabeth's grandfather described the patriarchal dynamic: "My father was frightened of his father. I was frightened of my father. And I am damn well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me."
In the traditional family the boy is apprenticed to exercise power--and to bury his own feelings. To become the future "master of the house" a boy must hide his vulnerability. When the boy skins his knee dad admonishes him that "Big boys don't cry . . . take it like a man." Boys learn the credo found on King George V's office wall: "If I must suffer, let me be like a well-bred beast, that goes away to suffer in silence."
Anger is the one permissible deep emotion. In fact it's been encouraged. "He's a fighter" is a compliment. Historically, the angry man was the one who became king. The "master of the house" retained power when he was angry--but might lose power if he showed vulnerability.
Having learned that vulnerable feelings are shameful, a boy learns to change his natural sadness and fear into anger. In fact, the anger becomes a standard escape from feeling.
When he begins to feel vulnerable, he blames the other person for making him feel the prohibited vulnerability. He learns to routinely summon anger's adrenalin to banish sadness and fear--and restore a sense of power.
But this power is counterfeit. The emotional repression-anger cycle contributes to men's early deaths--with twice the rate of heart attacks and alcoholism, four times the suicide rate and nine times the rate of ulcers experienced by women. Worse, men's anger habit leaves men lonely and alienated from family and others. The anger habit is closely linked to the fact that almost half of all men are covertly depressed --suffering from workaholism, alcoholism, drug addiction, chronic anger, compulsive control over family or obsessions with TV, sports, and gambling.
However, there is a way out. A man can choose to treat himself with compassion. He can learn to re-parent himself, sending away the harsh father that has dominated a lifetime of self-talk. Instead, he can become a kind father to himself, daily speaking to himself with the encouraging, nurturing words that he would like to use with his own children.
He can allow himself to see what he really sees, and feel what he really feels, without shame. He can reassure himself that he has intrinsic value, simply because he is human and unique. He can accept himself as he is, not as he should be. He can become his own best friend.
In this way a man can free himself to actually experience his feelings and process them. He will learn that he won't die if he cries. To his surprise, he will learn that sharing tender feelings with others actually leads to life's finest moments --to honest connection and an authentic life.
In this way the self-contempt that fuels anger diminishes. By becoming kind to himself, he will naturally become kinder to others. The world will become a safer and gentler place.
Calvin Sandborn Is The Author Of Becoming The Kind Father: A Son's Journey, A Book About Men And Anger.
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If you are ready to change and to heal, improve, and correct this conditioning. Take advantage of completing the Compassion Anger Management Program.
We are all vulnerable to becoming addicted to any activity or substance that gives us pleasure. For example: drug of addiction, alcohol addiction, gambling addiction, or food addiction to name a few. So many activities and substances which many of us enjoy and that have no negative impact on our lives can easily take over our life and destroy us and our relationships if not managed sensibily.
Answer the following questions and decide for yourself if you could have an addiction:
The most common drug of addictions are the legal substances such as: Caffeine (coffee), Nicotine (cigarettes), and alcohol which cause the most problems to your health and are a major contributor to many of our social problems.
However, any activity or substance that becomes addictive eventually decreases our ability to function well in life and to have rewarding relationships with the special people in our lives.
Addiction doesn't want to let go until it has bled us dry, destroyed our psychological and physical health and collapsed our confidence and self-esteem. Addiction often is not satisfied with destroying just us but will seek to destroy our most important relationships as well.
Alcohol is widely used and enjoyed in Australia. It forms part of most of our social life and interaction with people. Alcohol is a depressive drug and in low quantities it causes people to become less inhibitive. However, in high quantities it damages our health and can even cause death. There is some supportive research that says that alcohol consumption at a low to moderate level offer some health benefits.
This is not the case with high alcohol consumption. High alcohol consumption increases the risk of heart, stroke and vascular diseases, liver cirrhosis and some cancers. It also contributes to disability and death through accidents, violence, suicide and homicide. High risk consumption has increased from 8.2% in 1995 to 10.8% in 2001 and 13.4% in 2004-5.
Binge drinking is a popular pastime in Australia. Research shows that among people aged 18 years and over, 48% of males and 30% of females consumed alcohol at risky/high risk levels in the short term on at least one occasion in the last 12 months. Short-term risky/high risk consumption of alcohol equates to seven or more standard drinks for males and five or more standard drinks for females on any single occasion.
Alcohol is the second largest cause of drug-related deaths and hospitalisations in Australia (after tobacco). Additionally, alcohol is the main cause of deaths on Australian roads. In 1998, over 2,000 deaths of the total 7,000 deaths of persons under 65 years, were related to alcohol.
There are over 290,000 people in Australia who have a gambling problem. More than half of these people say they have borrowed money to aid their addiction, nearly half have chosen their addiction over food and 25% have suffered separation or divorce as a result of their addiction. Additionally, one in eight have admitted they thought about committing suicide.
These are just statistics, cold hard facts. However, the reality is that addicts are people who are hurting because of addiction problems and this addiction is probably having a huge impact on their family, children, and others close t them.
Unfortunately only about 15% of addicts actually seek assistance. Most try to solve their problem on their own and in some cases succeed.
Removing alcohol, drugs, and gambling from our society would not necessarily solve this problem addiction. Many would just transfer their addiction to another form of addiction.
If you are experiencing difficulty with an addictive behaviour or activity then proper rehabilitation can be achieved with effective counselling.
Counselling will help you understand what addiction is and why addiction hijacks your brain and sucks you in. Counselling will suppy you with information and skills that will help beat your addiction such as: why withdrawal doesn't have to be painful or difficult, how addiction stops us getting our needs met, see through the illusions addiction offers us, and how to protect yourself in the future and avoid switching from one addiction to another. Visit here to find help for yourself.
No matter how strong the physical attraction is. No matter how wonderful the attraction feels, it is only one aspect of the decision making process in selecting a mate for a long-term relationship. The more highly aroused you feel the less likely you will be in the right state of mind to make good choices.
Intimacy means letting down you barriers, becoming vulnerable, and sharing emotional experiences. These experiences can be anything really, but you are not protecting yourself against teh other, you feel safe to truly be yourself in the knowledge that the other will not intentionally harm you, either physically or emotionally.
Not only do we expect our partner will not intentionally harm us, we demand it. That is why we can get so upset when that happens, even if the harm was not intended. If trust is low or if there has been any hurt in the relationship our brain makes it impossible for us to be intimate.
I suspect that after a while most people try to change their partner to be more how they would like them to be.
You may have noticed that this does not work. People feel loved when they can be accepted just the way they are. This does not mean that anyone should accept abuse of any kind. All forms of abuse are totally unacceptable in any relationship.
If someone doesn't feel they can disclose without being judged in some way, then they are only going to disclose to you what they think you want to hear.
The red flag of potential abuse: A blamer. Someone who blames their emotional states or behaviour on someone or something else in dating will eventually turn the blame to you. It won't happen in the beginning, during the courtship phase, but if your partner is blaming someone, or something for any little thing that goes wrong with them, then they will turn on you. So blame is a red flag for abuse.
If you were to apply this test initially, then you will have a much better chance of getting into a rewarding long-term relationship. It is a test that you need to apply to your ongoing relationship, as you are repairing it; it has to pass these tests.
Of course every relationship that you have had and no longer in, has failed this test, unless of cousre they have died, so this test can keep you out of trouble and help you make a better choice as to who will be your long-term partner.
If you have been looking for anger management classes somewhere close to where you live and finding there is not much choice of an effective program, getting to and from classes is inconvenient, there are no classes available to attend, or the times available do not fit with you, then doing anger management online is an excellent choice.
- A reduction of cost to you V's a face-to-face program. This program is about half the cost of a live program.
- This program is self-paced and can be worked on any time of the day or night.
- You do not have the excuse that you couldn't find a class close to work or home.
- You do not lose wages from work because sessions can be worked on in your own available time.
- Interaction with you is much easier because it is not in a group setting; therefore your individual questions and requests can be answered on a one-to-one basis.
Anger Management AnywhereAnger management in any town or city of Australia is available online so you can learn skills to get your life back on track, enhance all your relationships, and be in charge of your emotions.
I read recently that the overseas experience is that individuals and corporations are finding quality online anger management classes a valuable resource. Participating in online anger management classes avoids loss of wages and other time commitments. Distance learning is growing in popularity and naturally meets the need for quality online anger management classes is suitable for clients from all areas of Australia, in particular remote regions that do not have access to such programs.
The online anger management program I offer should meet the needs of court ordered persons as well as those looking to enhance their sense of self and their relationships. The program is ideal for employees and corporations as it meets the need of accessibility to a quality, cost effective, and reputable program. Most universities are now offering high quality distance learning.
This program has a holistic approach and teaches skills in emotional regulation, parenting, relationship enhancement, and establishing new relationships that will minimise making the same mistakes over again.
I was contacted a few weeks ago by Calvin Sandborn and asked if I would distribute this article. I found it very moving and I believe many men could relate to what he has to say.
I think this story will bring tears to your eyes...
Dad was an angry, hard-swearing, tattooed man's man. He'd been an
And then he did. I thought that my wish had killed him, and for the longest time I couldn't forgive myself. I was scared to death I would damage someone else.
But four decades on, I've forgiven myself for hating him. More difficult, I've somehow forgiven myself for the Dad-like fury I inflicted on my own family.
To my surprise, as I became kinder to myself, I formed a more rounded picture of Dad. His anger had its reasons. His father died young, leaving him with a stepfather who favoured his own kids. When Dad was 14, his preacher grandfather hauled him in front of the congregation and viciously denounced him for teaching other kids the
Humiliated, Dad ran away from home and joined the carnival, growing up on the road with hardened carnies. In middle age, his sales job was crushing. He was a brilliant man with a Grade 8 education, reduced to knocking on doors and imploring merchants to buy advertising promotions like imprinted pens and squeeze coin purses.
But Dad's biggest problem was that he never got in touch with his own pain, never learned how to process his feelings. Like many men, he believed the lie that "Big boys don't cry," so he refused to seek out friends and instead turned his pain into anger.
The anger kept shameful sorrow at bay. Swigging vodka straight from the bottle, he forced us to cry his tears.
This was the Dad I hated. But a funny thing happened after I forgave him. A different Dad returned from the shadows, borne by a flood of memory. I found myself recalling the times when he didn't drink:
It was evening at the river. I was five, and Dad was still young and strong. We were camping in the
Suddenly I slipped through the middle of the tube, and I was in the water, struggling. I sank into the cold dark water. As I resurfaced, I could see Dad running down the beach, tearing off his shoes and plunging powerfully into the river. Then I was under again, swallowing cold water, sinking into blackness ...
Then I felt myself being pushed powerfully to the surface, as Dad rose like a sea lion below me. I gasped the air, and was saved.
But he had swallowed water, too, and began to cough and struggle himself. "Dad!" I cried in a panic. He sank below me, and I again fell back into the black waters, gulping and sputtering, stepping on his head. As we sank, the murky yellow light of the world receded into darkness, with no sound but my thundering heartbeat.
I felt his hands grip my calves and place my feet firmly on his shoulders. Then, as in the game we'd often played, he drifted down and bounced back up from the river bottom, thrusting me to the surface. And then his tattooed arm was around my chest, towing me to safety. Keeping my face above the water, he coughed, then murmured, "It's OK, Cal. It's OK."
Finally we staggered on to the sandy beach. As I stood gasping, shivering and crying, he hugged me to his heaving chest. Then he went to the trailer to get a towel and wrapped it around me.
Later, as he heated hot chocolate on the Coleman stove he did the unusual -- he sat me on his lap. After a while, he turned the Giants game on the radio, and we sipped hot chocolate while the sun sank behind the cliff.
At the end of his life, I think Dad, like me, had forgotten that day. He forgot his goodness. I wish that, when he ruminated on his failures, he had been able to remember the good things. I wish that, when he thought of his years of unemployment, his bankruptcy, the jalopies he drove, his failed marriages, his destructive anger, that he had been able to recall that day on the river. Most of all, I wish he'd had a kind father to remind him of the good things about himself -- his sense of humour, his charm, his ability to spin a story for a crowd, his compassion for the unfortunate, his intelligence, his ability to make a day's outing with a young boy into an exciting adventure.
I wish someone had told him that he did not have to be a Man of Steel, that it was OK to be sad. I wish he had understood that he was no different from any of us, a mixture of good and bad. I wish he had realized that he could be forgiven, and that he could forgive.
The fact was, he didn't have to die alone in the Country of Resentment. There was room for him in the Country of Love. - Calvin Sandborn is a professor of environmental law and the legal director of the
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In preparing my thesis at the end of my Master of Counselling degree I found that research shows that sometimes (most) anger management programs produce short-term gains and when follow-up is done a year or so later these gains have all but disappeared.
Most programs teach that men abuse because of power and control issues, that it is part of our patriarchal culture that supports the domination and oppression of women. Abuser programs fail because they focus on negative attitudes, rather the core hurts that cause them. What is needed is to put men (and women) in touch with their compassion.
Another failure of traditional abuser programs is the shaming approach and there ignorance of how people change. Doing this can make core hurts worse and increase the likelihood that anger will escalate putting partners in greater danger. Confronting people with your superior values does not change them. People are changed by appealing to their deeper values. This is the core value approach of the Anger Management & Domestic Violence (Compassion) Program.
What you need to understand is that meaningful change comes from within you. You can tap into your great inner resources by re-integrating your deepest values into your sense of self. This will make you feel more powerful than you ever felt before, and make you feel more valuable, loving, and compassionate to yourself and loved ones.