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Anger Management

NAMA SealOur Anger Management Curriculum is a 12-hour course and is guided by a workbook from the National Anger Management Association (NAMA). The assessment consists of a face-to-face interview between the client and a counselor, along with a self-assessment. The assessment will take approximately one hour and the fee is $100.

What is included in the workbook?

There are 12 Modules to assist the client in understanding what anger is and what is causing their anger. Emphasis is placed on acquiring an understanding of anger in all its variation and permutations. Participants will leave the curriculum with an understanding of anger and how to express anger appropriately in a socially and healthy way.

Curriculum Details

  • Length of Course: 12 hours (2 hour sessions completed in 6 classes.)
  • Workbook must be completed to successfully complete the curriculum.


  • Anger Management Assessment Fee: $100
  • Curriculum Fee: $300 (payable in $50 installments)

Please bring the following with you:

  • $100 cash or money order
  • A copy of your court referral
  • A copy of you warrant


Whats Good About AngerOur Anger Management Curriculum teaches you how to maintain a safe and calm environment when the normal emotion of anger surfaces between you and others. Anger management is the ability to recognize anger and apply skills and abilities to respond in a healthy and socially appropriate manner.  It is a process in which a person is open, honest, and direct. The results are an increased energy level, strengthened relationships, improved physical and mental health, and enhanced self-esteem.

How is the Anger Management Curriculum different from Domestic Abuse Curriculum?

Anger Management teaches practical and cognitive skills for transforming the emotion of anger into healthy behavior.

Domestic abuse (intimate partner violence) intervention teaches the power/control philosophy—accepting the consequences, taking responsibility, and changing behavior.
The primary issue is that batterers rarely take responsibility for their actions and for change—putting their partners in danger. Therefore, they need to participate in a program which will hold them accountable.

How are people with anger or domestic abuse issues alike and different?

Anger Issues:
Individuals with anger management issues tend to deal with explosive or out-of-control anger due to distorted thinking and skill deficits. They generally will take responsibility for their behavior once confronted or once they have to deal with the consequences.

Domestic Issues:
Abusers manifest batterer characteristics. Studies have demonstrated that the batterer begins and continues his behavior because violence is an effective method for gaining and keeping control over the victim, while allowing the batterer to avoid adverse effects of their behavior. Some characteristics fit a general profile of a batterer:

  • A batterer objectifies women. He does not see women as people. He does not respect women as a group. Overall, he sees women as property or sexual objects.
  • A batterer has low self-esteem and feels powerless and ineffective in the world. He may appear successful, but inside he feels inadequate.
  • A batterer externalizes the causes of his behavior. He blames his violence on circumstances such as stress, his partner’s behavior, a "bad day," alcohol, or other factors.
  • A batterer may be pleasant and charming between periods of violence, and is often seen as a "nice guy" to outsiders.

Some behavioral warning signs of a potential batterer include extreme jealousy, possessiveness, a bad temper, unpredictability, cruelty to animals, and verbal abusiveness.

All active National Anger Management Association members are listed in the NAMA Online Directory.

Anger Management Instructor: Christa Graves

B.W. —

"Christa Graves will get you results. She sets clear, high expectations and does what it takes to get them for you. Christa is very knowledgeable and has outstanding communication skills. She is an excellent presenter, knows her material and adjusts her presentations for each audience. She is very flexible and very consistent. She is the best."

Program Graduate —

"Thank you very much for seeing me as a person—a normal, good person who made a mistake, but is working hard to become emotionally healthy for myself and others.

When I first came in, I was extremely guarded, ashamed, and torn inside. And you, Ms. Graves, were compassionate, honest and empathetic. I will never forget your kindness."

J.B. —

"I have been a good example of what not to do for friends and family. I used to be the guy, 'Oh, I won't het caught; I'm fine to drive!' But since my DWI, I have completely changed my outlook. I have learned so much from the course that I catch myself talking to others about things I've learned."

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